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Poland 1-2 Netherlands: Janssen and Wijnaldum on target in Oranje win

SoccerNews in European Championships 1 Jun 2016

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Georginio Wijnaldum scored an excellent winner as Netherlands ended Poland’s seven-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory in Gdansk on Wednesday.
Vincent Janssen had the visitors in front at half-time, only for Artur Jedrzejczyk to head home an equaliser in the second half as Poland attempted to keep up their recent momentum heading into Euro 2016. Wijnaldum, though, struck in the closing stages to inflict a first home defeat in 13 matches on Adam Nawalka’s men.

The result means Netherlands have now won four and drawn one of their last five away matches. Having not qualified for the Euros, they play Austria on Saturday in their final match before their end-of-season break, while Poland have one more Euro 2016 preparation match against Lithuania on Monday.

Poland were close to taking an early lead when Robert Lewandowski survived a crunching challenge from Jetro Willems to flick a pass towards Arkadiusz Milik. Netherlands captain Jeffrey Bruma failed to intercept, but the Ajax star struck the underside of the bar with only Jasper Cillessen to beat.
Janssen flashed one effort wide earlier on, but made no mistake with the opener after 33 minutes. Steven Berghuis, who did not start a Premier League game for Watford this season, sent in a cross and the unmarked striker planted a header home from inside the six-yard box.
Wojciech Szczesny got down to make a crucial save from the lively Janssen to keep Poland in the match, before again being called into action to deny Berghuis after a mistake from defender Michal Pazdan.

The hosts levelled just before the hour-mark when Milik’s corner found Jedrzejczyk and the defender shook off the attention of Marco van Ginkel to divert a powerful header into the corner, with substitute Patrick van Aanholt unable to keep it out on the line.
But Netherlands scored the winner with 14 minutes to go. Poland failed to clear Quincy Promes’ cross from the left, with substitute Luciano Narsingh impressively keeping the move alive before Wijnaldum spun to send a first-time, left-footed strike into the top corner.
Szczesny saved a curling effort from Promes late on before Milik sent a free-kick pver at the other end and Slawomir Peszko’s shot deflected narrowly wide as Danny Blind’s men held on for the win.

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