19 paź 2010

Ekstraklasa Action Round-up

Very interesting weekend behind us as it was a great three days on stadiums in Ekstraklasa in terms of... attendance. Almost 80,000 people watched live all eight games with Lech Poznań - Zagłębie Lubin getting the highest gates (22,000) and Śląsk Wrocław - Polonia Warszawa (5,000) the smallest. But let's get back to football...

In the only Friday game we had a classic and as for typical classic game in Poland, it was disappointing. Widzew Łódź hosted Legia Warsaw and that was the game that probably saved the job for visitors coach, Maciej Skorża - once again. Legia was much better in the first half but then came back to being average side that made their fans moan. Ivica Vrdoljak scored the only goal and referee (another Polish 'best', Robert Małek) disallowed three another, making at least one clear mistake. Unfortunately there came also flares from visiting support, along with unforgivable antisemitic chants directed to home fans. They never learn, morons.

Saturday started in good fashion as Śląsk Wrocław - Polonia Warszawa was interesting encounter, at least in terms of result, less about football presented by those two teams. Nonetheless the game finished 2-2 with Śląsk getting the lead and then falling behind thanks to stupid mistakes in defence. Only the last minute goal from Kaźmierczak (and mistake from Polonia's goalkeeper) saved the home side from losing. Then Jagiellonia Białystok won easily with Polonia Bytom (3-0) at home with Tomasz Frankowski scoring his 138. and 139. goals in Polish league. He said that he can be useful for Polish national team but only in coaching role... Judging on his current form, the 36-year old could be playing and standing out in our average squad.

But the most surprising result of the weekend came on Saturday's evening where Lech Poznań deservedly lost to Zagłębie Lubin at home in front of 22,000 supporters. More woes for home team before very tough trip to Manchester where they face Citizens, and Jacek Zieliński has to worry for his place at club from now on. The club board said that he must be nine points (at most) behind league leaders before this round ends with Lech Poznań now sitting 14th in Ekstraklasa losing fourteen points to Jagiellonia. Zagłębie played well and... saved Marek Bajor's job as it was reported that the club board already contacted with Henryk Kasperczak. Bit desperate that move would be and strange as well. Young manager stays but his team must maintain the form that given them points in Poznań.

In the most interesting game this weekend in Ekstraklasa, Korona Kielce (2nd) hosted GKS Bełchatów (3rd) and showed why they must be now taken seriously as league contenders. Maybe not playing with great style but very efficient one, with Niedzielan, Sobolewski and Edi in the main roles this evening, also Marcin Tataj finally stepping to the reputation he gained in 1st League. Bełchatów matched them occasionally and deservedly lost, with their only scorer being Małkowski - winger impressing more and more in last few weeks.

Sunday came and in very entertaining and full of awful defending game between Cracovia and Ruch Chorzów, the visitors won 2-3. They simply made them less, and the home team goalkeeper, Marcin Cabaj, being the villain once again, literally handling three goals to the visitors. Then Gornik Zabrze won with Wisła Kraków which was probably the luckiest result in the season so far - visitors were far better but couldn't make much of their possession and their finishing was poor. Górnik made their only move in 82nd minute and hard working Zahorski made the space for Aleksander Kwiek to finish nicely and give the home team three points. Robert Maaskant was amused, probably still is, and despite their situation being not that bad, they must start winning. Once again Paweł Brożek and Patryk Małecki showed how out of form they are. Soon to land on the bench, the pair? 

Last game was the Tricity Derby between Lechia Gdańsk and Arka Gdynia. The home team was tipped to win easily but as every derby, also this time it was pretty tight encounter, maybe with less chances falling to visitors. It had everything though for a derby game - red card, a fight, nice goal, lots of tackling, emotions and great atmosphere. Enjoyable but once again not in football terms... which now is something as a habit for most Ekstraklasa games!

League standings here, and videos of goals here. Enjoy.

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