22 lis 2010

Ekstraklasa Action Round-up

Legia may have won 3-0 with Arka Gdynia at home but everybody says that the performance wasn’t much better than last weeks, in Krakow where they were trashed by Wisła 0-4. First goal came from penalty after Japanese referee, Maasaki Toma made the most laughable decision of all. Second and third were easy mistakes from Arka’s goalkeeper, Norbert Witkowski. Visitors played really well and even should get something out of this game but luck was most certainly not on their side this time. Legia on the other hand, is a team of mystery. They are third in the league but are not performing any good at the moment, lost six games already this season and have negative goal difference.

Górnik Zabrze is another team that came back well after horrible result last week and they won important game at home against Korona Kielce. The away team is suffering in last few games as lack of Andrzej Niedzielan was hurting them… No more as striker came back during this game but lacking fitness and not ready to make an impact they all hoped for. Saturday started with another win for Śląsk Wroclaw (2-1) – they are the best team in last seven games, winning their fourth in a row. This time with some luck as Ruch Chorzow was really good that day. Two goals for home side came obviously from free-kicks but Orest Lenczyk worries that his team has problems with creating chances from open play, not dead-ball situations. In last minutes of the game, when Ruch was pressing for the draw and had the ball near Śląsk’s box, somebody from home subs bench throw in second ball and game had to be stopped. Visitors coach, Waldemar Fornalik, said it was disgrace and rightly so. Heard that Vuk Sotirović was the one who did it and knowing him, I can see that happening.

In first game in charge of Widzew Lodz, Czesław Michniewicz lost away with Lechia Gdansk 1-3 but visitors were better for long periods of the first half but another great performance of Traore, Buzała and Wisniewski gave home side the win. Lech Poznan won their game as well, getting higher in the table but was booed off the pitch after very lucky win against Polonia Bytom. In a game between the richest club in Ekstraklasa with the poorest one, surprisingly the visitors were very close to getting a draw or even a win out of this but easy mistake from Gąsiński (Polonia’s goalkeeper) in sixth minute, converted by Rudnevs was enough for Lech to gain three points. Jagiellonia Bialystok won easily with Cracovia (4-2) with two players standing out in this game – Kamil Grosicki for the hosts and Saidi Ntibazonkiza for Crocovia, as both scored a brace on Saturday evening. After this game, devastated manager of Cracovia, Jurij Szatałow said that few of his players should consider changing profession. No wonder he is furious as Cracovia is last in the table with five points and now ten points behind another team.

Wisła Krakow won luckily against Zaglebie Lubin thanks to late goal from Andraz Kirm. Once again they showed that Robert Maaskant still fails to imply any style to this team – they were clueless for the whole game and only mistake by Csaba Horvath gave them the chance to gain three points. Wisła moved to second place thanks to that win. In the last game of the weekend, GKS Belchatow won at home with Polonia Warszawa. Clearly visitors aren’t having any chances to win the league playing like they did in last few games under Paweł Janas management – does the owner, Józef Wojciechowski knows this? Dawid Nowak scored twice against the club he… signed for in summer. Later he returned money he gave them for signature and broke the contract as he wanted to stay in Belchatow. Polonia could take it to the court but said it is not worth it and Wojciechowski made ironic comments about Nowak. That hit him back surely.

This round was special as it was the closest we got to 100,000 fans in one round attending games. It was just over 93,000 but the gates clubs gets and crowds seen in Polish league are certainly something to be happy about this season. Also it was special because of many howlers coming from the goalkeepers, Szymon Gasiński and Radosław Cierzniak contributing the most to this case. All eight games ended with home wins as visitors struggled to get anything this weekend. Jagiellonia Bialystok with one game still to be played in first round, won it and if something will not happen in next two weekends (one game is played in advance), they will spend winter on top. Fully deserved that.

You can find league table HERE and watch goals from this round HERE. Enjoy!

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