Belarus 0-2 Poland: Euro 2012 co-hosts secure confident away victory

The Poles continued their build-up to next summer's tournament on home soil with a straightforward win
Poland recorded a 2-0 win over Belarus at the BRITA-Arena in Wiesbaden to stretch their unbeaten record to five games in this international friendly.

Franciszek Smuda’s men looked threatening throughout the game and were rewarded for their pressure when captain Jakub Błaszczykowski finished well just after the half-hour mark. Robert Lewandowski ensured victory with a neat finish midway through the second period.

Belarus had limited chances during the game and very rarely threatened Łukasz Fabianski in theaway goal. Much of the opening 45 minutes was played in their half, with Adrian Mierzejewski  making a number of runs from the Polish midfield, creating a string of chances.

Poland failed to capitalise on a number of corners and free kicks before the 31st minute goal, when a high ball from midfield found Błaszczykowski with his back to goal. After bringing the ball down and dinking to his right, he then fired past a helpless Syarhey Vyeramko.

Belarus started the second half the more promising side but it was Poland who should have won a penalty in the 58th minute when a Marcin Wasilewski header from a corner was clearly handled by Pavel Plaskonny, but the Polish appeals were soon turned down by the referee.

Lewandowski had a fairly quiet game up front until he settled the match in the 69th minute with a well taken side volley. Sławomir Peszko’s cross from the right found the unmarked Borussia Dortmund striker on the edge of the six-yard box, who neatly slotted the ball between Vyeramko’s legs.

Belarus had a handful of chances in the remaining 20 minutes with Kornilenko again the closest when he fired a low shot across the goal and wide of the post, but they could not break through and Poland were pleased to accept a well-earned victory.

Poland’s next match is a friendly against 2006 World Cup winners Italy in November.