Poland drew 1-1 in a rather drab international friendly match against Ireland in Stadion Wrocław last night. Only 25,000 turned up – 15,000 people less than Nigeria game in March.
Although last night’s attendance was vastly higher than an average Śląsk Wrocław match, it was also some 10-15,000 down on the previous Poland matches against the likes of Nigeria, Finland, Switzerland and Slovenia. It therefore seems that many Polish football fans chose to give the match the cold shoulder following their team’s poor World Cup showing.
With the exception of a Milik a header that went narrowly wide, there was little in the way of action in the first half.
Ireland took the lead 12 minutes into the second half thanks to Millwall’s O’Brien, whose header beat Szczesny after a great cross by Callum O’Dowda.
After going ahead Ireland protected their lead well and seemed destined to grind out a 1-0 win. However Poland snatched a late equaliser when Klich coolly finished from close range following a neat one-two with Milik.
The goal rejuvenated the home side and in the final minutes Poland threw men forward in search of victory. They nonetheless failed to create any more genuine opportunities and the match finished all square.
Next up for Poland are two huge Nations League matches against Italy and Portugal in October, both of which are to take place in Chorzów.