High-flying Poland made to fight for valuable point
Poland's fairytale triumph over Germany was quickly overtaken by a touch of anti-climax in Warsaw yesterday morning (Singapore time) as they found themselves held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland in a thrilling Euro 2016 qualifier.
A fevered crowd had expected more of the same from their new heroes in the National Stadium following their historic 2-0 win over the world champions, but had to watch them come from behind in the Group D encounter to earn a point with a 76th-minute goal from Arkadiusz Milik.
The home team poured forward in the dying minutes and Kamil Grosicki came closest to earning another famous win for the hosts when he hit the post.
Yet Scotland, who had won a friendly in this stadium in March, again looked like a rejuvenated side under Gordon Strachan's stewardship as they rebounded from the early setback of Krzysztof Maczynski's 11th-minute goal.
Seven minutes later, Shaun Maloney equalised after a superb Scottish move and Steven Naismith gave them a glimpse of glory when he provided a neat sliding finish to James Morrison's free-kick after 57 minutes.
The come-from-behind draw left Poland coach a satisfied man. He said: "We are happy with a point considering we were one goal down. It is good that we managed to recover.
"The last 30 minutes looked very good and I regret that time ran out so fast and we did not manage to score a winner. The European qualifiers have just started and we are in a very tough group.
"We have launched our campaign for France very well. The only thing I can complain about are the mistakes in our defence which led to easy goals for Scotland. However, the team spirit is growing now." - Reuters.