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Sebastian Szymanski scored a free kick from 30 meters
Last updated: 21/03/19 22:19
Phil Foden impressed as the dominant England U21 players 1-1 against Poland, Dominic Calvert-Lewin as scorer.
Calvert-Lewin turned into an empty net by Reiss Nelson after 13 minutes, who brought the Young Lions to life after a slow start.
However, Sebastian Szymanski's 30-meter free-kick, which fired a rocket into the top corner, was pushed back after Angus Gunn had decided not to build a defensive wall.
After the half-time break, England dominated and came closer as Kieran Dowell's cross was almost crossed by Krystian Bielik, whose unintentional deflection was pushed onto the post by Kamil Grabara.
England: Gunn (5), Kenny (7), Tomori (8), Kelly (7), Dasilva (5), Dowell (7), Maddison (7), Foden (8), Lookman (6), Calvert-Lewin (7 )), Nelson (7).
Subs: Davies (6), Gray (7), Solanke (6), Barnes (7).
Poland: Grabara (8), Fila (6), Wieteska (7), Bielik (7), Stolarski (6), Dziczek (7), Kaputska (7), Piotrowski (5), Szymanski (7), Michalak (6), Buksa (7).
Subs: Swiderski (6), Gaska (7), Wdowiak (5).
Man of the Game: Phil Foden
England came into the game over 90 minutes without a defeat in the last two years, but perhaps Aidy Boothroyd had a bit of a grate on her face, almost four months after their 5-1 win over Denmark.
Calvert-Lewin fired the hosts into the lead early on, but this was due to a missed interception by Mateusz Wietaska. It allowed Reiss Nelson to walk past the gate and circle Grabara before the Everton shot forward and shot into an empty net for his seventh U21 goal.
This was part of the compensation for a glorious opportunity he had already missed when Phil Foden dropped him off for a wonderful Rule Pass, which Grabara refused only after entering the box.
Jonjoe Kenny was in the best position to improve England's lead when he began dominating when he moved away from his second goal in professional football. A half-volleyball hall of 25 meters in length, which arched in the top corner, was saved by a teammate filing fine Grabara.
The Pole Szymanski showed the form that made him an important support in the team of Legia Warsaw, to create from nothing after a free-kick from a distance. A three-man wall organized before Gunn's goal, but the goalkeeper waved before he was beaten by the midfielder with perfect force.
England stayed until the break, but came back from the break at a faster pace. Foden could have scored a goal, but shot over the crossbar in the 52nd minute.
When Poland attacked, they generally aimed at the left of England and found plenty of room behind Jay Dasilva. After a low ball, Adam Buksa's rear wheel would have resulted in a simple finish if someone in red had been there to turn him home – but England was taken off hook and sat on his forefoot.
Kieran Dowell fired a meter into the near post from outside the area when he wanted to increase the pressure before another Pole attacked from the right, but an unmarked Jakub Piotrowski fired directly at Gunn from 20 yards out.
England was almost a huge lucky charm when they were hit again within a few inches of a big distraction. Dowell drifted to the right and was about to cross from a corner to the rear post, but Bielik's touch brought the ball toward his own goal. Only Grabara's quick thinking kept things up to date.
In the final minute of injury time Poland could have dealt England a tough defeat when substitute Karol Swiderski had a great chance from a corner, but with a long-range shot – and the undefeated run of the U21 extended to 18 games.