23 sie 2010

Ekstraklasa Action Round-Up

Another week, another games, another great goals and... another unexpected results. Not everywhere but it is worth mentioning that every round there are surprises and upsets in Ekstraklasa. Also, few goals You should watch, better to mention them at first, are: Bartczak (Polonia-Zagłębie), Rybus (Śląsk-Legia), Kupisz (Lechia-Jagiellonia), and most of GKS-Ruch match. But read more about the games.

Polonia Warszawa 2-1 Zagłębie Lubin (Sobiech 52', Smolarek 72' - Bartczak 26') Very interesting game... for few reasons. Polonia won with Legia last week and now wanted to once again prove that they are worth championship contenders. For first 45 minutes it didn't look like (mostly thanks to great goal from Bartczak for Zagłębie) and during half time, apparently Polonia chairman stepped down from his VIP seat to make it hell for his players in changing room. It worked as Sobiech and Smolarek combined and gave the fans something to cheer about. And about Smolarek - after playing 79 minutes in Ekstraklasa this season, two goals he gets called up. Mission Accomplished.

Śląsk Wrocław 0-1 Legia Warszawa (Rybus 79') Great game - Śląsk was very energetic but Legia was the better team, tactically at least, and won it with their only shot on goal, thanks to good run and strike from young Rybus. But other young star shone, Waldemar Sobota, dribbling between Legia players like they were sticks. Hosts had their chances but great defending skills from Dickson Choto limited them to two only and they didn't covered them and payed the price.

GKS Bełchatów 3-2 Ruch Chorzów (Marcin Żewłakow 19, Wróbel 31, Kuświk 85 - Olszar 52, Jankowski 82) Another really, really interesting match. In the first half guests were completely outplayed by fast hosts, especially with their tactics - let them play, press harder when there is a chance and move forward very quickly. It worked but in second half Ruch made great comeback only to lose this game by another mistake from their defence. Young Jankowski got goal on his debut and strikers name is one to hear for in another months.

Polonia Bytom 0-1 Korona Kielce (Niedzielan 51') Boring game, chances were limited only to corners and from one of them, guests scored. Niedzielan fine scoring form continues and Korona finally won. Hosts are devastated as they know that they can not count on much more on away games. Their stadium should be their castle, which clearly is not since now.

Widzew Łódź 0-1 Wisła Kraków (Paljić 34') Everybody in guests camp seemed to watch for new boss - now it is known, Robert Maaskant. They still were playing badly, without any idea and plan but won the game thanks to good strike from Paljić. Hosts had their worst game in Ekstraklasa so far, wasted decent chances to get any points from this game.

Arka Gdynia 2-0 Górnik Zabrze (Burkhardt 43 (pen), Labukas 90) Interesting game but guests were counting too much on one player, Grzegorz Bonin. He is their engine but needs help from team mates which was not given and the result was fair in the end. Arka got points at home which they were counting on before the season. Also, they played on Astroturf pitch. No one moaned about it.

Lech Poznań 5-0 Cracovia (Jarabica 10 (og), Peszko 52, Rudņevs 61, 86 (k), Wilk 69) The champions finally played like one, and seems they are back on the right track to be the team that saves the face of polish teams in European competitions. Rudnevs once again showed that his transfer was right but made too late, although the credit must go to the whole team. Cracovia was dismal and deserved the hammering. Their coach, Rafał Ulatowski, is good one but needs the right results to back his work since summer signing for Cracovia.

Lechia Gdańsk 1-2 Jagiellonia Białystok (Nowak 25 - Kupisz 41, Skerla 82) Another interesting game - the first half started with hosts attacking every possible way, making lot of movement, had great chances and finally Nowak put the ball into the net after linking well with Lukjanovs. but before half time, guests responded, Burkhardt hammered one off the post from thirty yards and then Kupisz scored a beauty from similar distance. Second half was played in abnormal conditions due to heavy rain which delayed half time for 15 minutes. They played on water logged pitch, and what's interesting, guests wanted to call it off. They wouldn't make it hour later as they got the winner and despite desperate attacks from Lechia players, got also three points that day.

Watch the goals from Ekstraklasa, HERE.

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