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Poland 0-0 Serbia: White Eagles Fail To Conquer Poles In Rainy Austria


Poland held World Cup hopefuls Serbia to a 0-0 draw under trying conditions at the FC Kufstein Stadion in Austria on Wednesday evening. In what was a friendly international, both sides struggled to create too many chances as rain and terrible pitch conditions made it tough for the players to give their best.

Poland were off the blocks the quicker of the two sides as Jakub Blaszczykowski ran down the right and swung in a cross. However, it went over the head of his team-mates.

It was raining and the pitch was soggy, and Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic picked up an injury in the seventh minute. He was taken off the pitch after apparently twisting his ankle but he came back before long.

In the 12th minute the Poles were again on song as Robert Lewandowski combined with Blaszczykowski on the left and won a free kick, which however ended wide of the mark.

The first genuine chance of the match arrived on 20 minutes when Blaszczykowski picked up a loose ball and unleashed a ferocious shot that almost slipped through the fingers of Serbian goalkeeper Bojan Isailovic.

Poland were the more imposing side in the match but it was Serbia who came close to breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute. Milos Krasic galloped down the right and released Danko Lazovic, whose attempt was superbly blocked by Lukasz Fabianski in the Poland goal.

Poland then crafted another chance to take the lead when Adrian Mierzejewski tried a through ball but couldn’t find his target. Krasic launched a counter-attack for Serbia but his attempt was in vain.

Dariusz Dudka’s right-footed shot from outside of the Serbia penalty area was blocked in the 37th minute and moments later he was released by Blaszczykowski but again his shot was blocked.

Serbia had a chance to score the opening goal of the evening just before the break when Milan Jovanovic whipped in a ball across the Polish goal-line but the onrushing Stankovic failed to connect with the ball.

 It finished 0-0 at the break under soggy and dangerous conditions.



Serbia made four substitutions at the start of the second half and it almost paid off. Zoran Tosic, who had come on for Stankovic, carved out a free kick from distance but Fabianski made a good save.

The rain eased a bit after that and the conditions became slightly less dangerous but the game remained scrappy.

Ten minutes into the second half Tosic and Marko Pantelic combined to send Lazovic through but once again Fabianski stood strong between the Poland sticks.

A couple of minutes later the Poles could have surged ahead as Blaszczykowski took a ferocious shot from the left side but Vladimir Stojkovic, who had come on for Bojan Isailovic at the start of the second half, made a brilliant save.

Things assumed a tone of humour when a fan from the stands rushed onto the pitch in the 65th minute. He was, however, persuaded by Pantelic to leave the field.

Dragan Mrda came on for Krasic in the 69th minute and took an attempt on the Poland goal but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

In the 73rd minute Mrda got into the action again and released a cross from the right but Pantelic missed an open goal from just a couple of yards. It should have been 1-0 to Serbia.

Two minutes later Mierzejewski has a similar chance for Poland but in his case the ball stopped before it reached him because of the soggy pitch.

With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, another spectator ran onto the pitch. However, he too was led out very soon.

In the 85th minute Aleksandar Kolarov tried to chip goalkeeper from distance but he could have done better in that position.

The final minutes trickled down with nothing meaningful happening as it ended 0-0 between Poland and Serbia in Kufstein.

Watch highlights of the game here.

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