Poland beats Turkey but has more injury concerns
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Poland beats Turkey but has more injury concerns

Pole Nicola Zalewski scored a goal in the 90th minute on Monday and secured a 2-1 victory against Turkey in the last warm-up match of both teams before Euro 2024, but the hosts will be worried about injuries to strikers 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.

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Turkey equalized in the 77th minute with two substitutes 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.

LATE WINNER

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.

APPREHENSION

“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 improve efficiency, I am aware of that,” he said.

Poland already lost Arkadiusz Milik to injury during their 3-1 win over Ukraine on Friday last week, with the Juventus striker left out of the squad, and with Świderski injured, manager Probierz may face even bigger problems.

The sight of an injured Lewandowski leaving the field at the end of 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 the most successful start following an eight-match unbeaten run since taking over last September.

Poland will face the Netherlands in the opening match of Euro 2024 on Sunday, and Turkey will face Georgia on Tuesday next week.

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