Soccer: Soccer – Poland beats Turkey in friendly match but has more injury concerns ahead of European Championships
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Soccer: Soccer – Poland beats Turkey in friendly match but has more injury concerns ahead of European Championships

WARSAW (Reuters): Poland’s Nicola Zalewski scored in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 win over Turkey in the teams’ final warm-up match on Monday before Euro 2024, but the hosts will be worried about injuries to striker Karol Świderski and Robert Lewandowski.

Świderski opened the scoring in the 12th minute, slipping under the feet of goalkeeper Mert Gunok, but the striker fell awkwardly on his ankle while celebrating and left with an injury moments later.

“Karol sprained his ankle and only after tests will we find out what the situation is. There will definitely be no changes,” said Poland manager Michał Probierz.

Turkey equalized in the 77th minute with two substitutes present when Kenan Yildiz passed to Baris Alper Yilmaz on the edge of the penalty area and his shot went past defender Bartosz Salamon and former goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

Both teams had a chance to choose the winner, but it was Poland who extended their streak of unbeaten matches to eight when Zalewski ran alone into the penalty area and scored a beautiful goal in the last minute.

“We haven’t won in five games, but we had tough opponents in all our friendlies,” said Turkish manager Vincenzo Montella, whose team drew 0-0 with European champions Italy last week.

“What worries me is that we work hard, we try, and each failure affects our well-being. I’m not worried because we had 20 chances to score. We need to be more efficient, I am aware of that.”

Poland had already lost Arkadiusz Milik due to injury during Friday’s 3-1 victory over Ukraine, and the Juventus striker was then dropped from the Euro squad, and after Świderski’s injury, manager Probierz may have even bigger problems.

The sight of an injured Lewandowski entering the pitch later in the first half was the last thing a Polish fan would want to see, but his injury may not be as serious as Świderski’s.

“Robert has a slight injury, but there shouldn’t be a problem,” Probierz said after becoming Poland’s manager with his best start following an eight-match unbeaten run since taking over in September last year.

On Sunday, Poland will face the Netherlands in the first Euro match, and in Group D they will also face Austria and France. Türkiye will face Georgia on June 18, before facing Portugal and the Czech Republic in Group F.

(Reporting by Trevor Stynes; Editing by Ken Ferris)