Poland cement spot in last 16


June 22, 2016
Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group C match between Ukraine and Poland at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France yesterday.


Poland will play Switzerland in the last 16 of the European Championship with a big question hanging over their heads: Has star striker Robert Lewandowski left his goalscoring boots at home?

Poland cemented their first appearance in the tournament's knockout stage with a 1-0 win in Marseille yesterday against already-eliminated Group C opponents Ukraine.

Usually so clinical for Bayern Munich, and the top scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, Lewandowski not only failed to find the net in Poland's three group-stage matches, he also failed to have a single shot on target.

Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski struck the winner for Poland in the 54th minute. Poland qualified second from the group behind Germany. Both finished with seven points, but Germany had a superior goal difference.

Lewandowski missed a sitter in the first half. Given time and space in front of goal by a scything pass from Arkadiusz Milik through Ukraine's defence, he aimed for the top left-hand corner, but sidefooted the ball high and wide.

Coach Adam Nawalka insisted that he's not concerned, predicting that Lewandowski will score against Switzerland on Saturday in Saint-Etienne.

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