11 kwi 2011

Five things - Round XXI

What a weekend of football in Polish League that was. Fantastic emotions, good goals, dramatic ends, red cards… Everything fans wanted was there. The closer it is to the end, the better it gets? Hopefully Ekstraklasa will be that way – but let’s take a look at what really happened in last three days.

1.   Let’s start from the bottom, as Cracovia is getting closer to the teams that are just in front of them. While they were in huge troubles when winter started, now their fantastic comeback looks very possible six games into spring round as they won eleven points. Cracovia’s home form is great, while they look very solid away, although struggling to look as big threat up front as they are at their new stadium. New stadium that has been demolished (the away end) by Lechia Gdansk hooligans this weekend…

2.  Arka is struggling very much at the moment and there is no sign of improvement despite appointing Frantsisek Straka as their manager. Team from Gdynia lacks any quality up front while their defence is no longer as good as it was in the first round. They are simply not looking like a team that will play in Ekstraklasa next season.

3.   Emotions, drama, last-minute goals… Three 2-2 draws worth talking about. Starting with Legia, once again struggling at home and only securing draw in last minute with headed goal from Michal Hubnik. Zagłębie proved to be strong opposition but mistakes made by home defence were appalling at times. Widzew will feel unlucky not to get out of Wroclaw with three points as Śląsk leveled the score with 97th minute penalty that kept their unbeaten run safe and stretched to fourteen games now. Widzew was leading 2-0 in 84th minute of the match by the way, and Śląsk never looked like coming back from it. Finally, Korona needed last minute own goal from Cezary Wilk to get a draw with Wisła Kraków. Two red cards, two penalties missed and four goals in this dramatic Sunday’s match was everything fans could hope for. Although Korona was very lucky with it to be honest, as Wisła should win it much earlier…

4.  Arboleda is not very much liked inside the league, is he? Smolarek hit him for… sticking finger in his backside during Friday’s game between Polonia Warszawa and Lech Poznan. Then Adrian Mierzejewski, Polonia’s and Poland midfielder said that he can’t see Arboleda in the national team. Arboleda defends himself saying that from the moment the talk about Columbian getting Polish citizenship started he has a rough ride every game and faces undeserved critique. Nope, Manuel – it’s because you are not the kind of player you was – it is all about your form and performances and behavior. Not who you are.

5.  Jagiellonia finally won a game, despite not in the best way and against poor opposition, but few will care. They are back on a way to get their best position in the club history which would be amazing achievement, as big as the opportunity to play in Europe again. Still form of their captain Tomasz Frankowski is worrying now, he struggled to find the net again, but there are several other players that may catch an eye of better teams very soon – Tomasz Kupisz and Bartłomiej Pawłowski for example…

That’s all, here are league standings and goals from games played this weekend.

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