Poland need to reverse a poor file beginning tournaments right here, having failed 5 out of six instances to win their first match on the World Cup or the Euros this century.
Whereas Paulo Sousa, who took over in January, might want to maximise Robert Lewandowski’s kind in entrance of purpose, particularly with Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek out injured, however the Portuguese coach is conscious that he has a fantastic accountability: “The method of crew constructing is ongoing. For me it’s a double accountability to symbolize Poland – it’s a responsibility for me to make all Poles really feel proud.”
Lewandowski is among the many favourites within the race for the golden boot, with Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku main the best way within the early levels.
Slovakia are quietly assured getting into what’s simply their third main event however they’ve reached the knockouts in each their earlier appearances on a serious stage on the 2010 World Cup and at Euro 2016.
Veteran midfielder Marek Hamsik, 33, will hope to information his facet to the knock-out levels as soon as extra after doing so 5 years in the past: “Poland are a troublesome opponent. They’ve big high quality, particularly in assault, so now we have to be sturdy in defence however must additionally present what we’re able to doing.”
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