Sparta Wrocław came agonisngly close to becoming Poland's speedway champions yesterday after a titanic battle against Unia Leszno, whose fans had earlier faced-off with police at the train station.
Sparta were faced with the challenge of making up an 8 point deficit after the first leg of the final, yet they remained in the hunt right until the very last race at the packed-out Olympic Stadium yesterday evening.
Despite Sparta's best efforts the score ended up tied at 45-45, which was enough for Unia Leszno to secure the championship.
The defeat was a crushing blow to the high hopes of Wrocław's Speedway fans, who have been in a jubilant mood following a season of great results inside the newly renovated Olympic Stadium.
Earlier in the day Unia Leszno fans made their presence felt in town when they clashed with riot police at Wrocław's main train station.
On arrival at Wrocław Głowny several fans reportedly let off blue smoke bombs, flares and firecrackers. This attracted the attention of numerous onloookers, who were then witness to "confrontations" between hardcore fans and the police. The situation eventually settled down however, and the fans boarded special police-escorted buses bound for the stadium.
Having come so close to glory, yesterday's defeat was a hard one to take for Wrocław's speedway fans. That said, the renovation of the Olympic Stadium has worked wonders for the sport in Wrocław and one would expect Sparta to mount a title challenge again next season.