Controversial refereeing decisions settle Legia’s top spot

Legia scored from the cross as referee missed the most clearest decision of all

While Wisła Krakow ties with Legia Warsaw used to settle the Polish title since Bogusław Cupiał made his biggest investment at Reymonta but not anymore. As over 20,000 fans settled inside the ground it looked as if only they were sure that the game between visitors, league leaders, and eleventh in the table can bring something more than a comfortable win for Legia. They have been fooled again.

Despite initial pressure from the home side, it was Legia who scored as first with a huge blunder coming from Mr Sebastian Jarzębak who was supposed to act as an additional assistant referee behind Wisła’s goal. As Jędrzejczyk slid for the ball that was clearly – at least one yard – over the end line, the referee failed to spot it and the cross was found by Vladimir Dvalishvili on the edge of the box who scored with Pareiko struggling to keep his effort out. Four minutes later Furman found Jędrzejczyk coming inside from right wing with a fine pass and it was one touch and shot from Legia right-back under Estonian goalkeeper who simply should have done better.

Wisła’s confidence was shot and they were failing to get past well-organized defence of visitors who tried to take their chances on counter. Kuciak was eventually called up to action but efforts from Sobolewski and Małecki were straight at him, while Rafał Boguski missed an open goal from five yards and following decent move of Kulawik’s side. First half ended with a hussle as Pareiko came out of his line with a high kick on Kosecki and then… abused Legia young winger.

Second half was more of a contest but moved from Legia’s half into the middle area, up to the moment flares were lit on the stands and match was stopped for a couple of minutes. Wisła was even more desperate with minutes left on the clock and chances were missed – as Żewłakow’s handball in the box that probably should have been turned into a penalty for hosts. Until the moment Daniel Sikorski scored his first for Wisła three minutes from time and ending almost a 24-hour-long goal drought, the most electrifying news was coming from reporters of “Przegląd Sportowy” as they claimed that Franciszek Smuda will be back at Reymonta from the start of the new season.

Wisła was desperate in the added time, Pareiko even joined his teammates in attack but it was Legia’s counter who brought the best chance shortly after Małecki missed his best one of the day, albeit from not as easy situation as it will be made by those criticizing Wisła’s winger. Legia should have put the game into bed with quick break four on two but Radović embarrassingly missed the goal with a woeful effort. Visitors came out victorious but still lucky and their performance was some way of the standard required not only by Polish championship, but also by their coach, Jan Urban.

Wisła Kraków 1-2 Legia Warszawa
Daniel Sikorski 87 – Wladimer Dwaliszwili 12, Artur Jędrzejczyk 16
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Polonia finally gets a point after stopping Śląsk

Marcin Kowalczyk will have a day to forgot as his mistakes have probably cost Śląsk an important win in Warsaw. Jacek Kiełb found the net in 14th minute for Polonia ending nice move from the right side with visitors caught napping. In all fairness, Śląsk looked poor throughout the first half and their lead at the interval was a rather surprising outcome – Kokoszka scored against his former club with a rebound at set piece situation. Then, less than two minutes after the first, it was Sebastian Mila who was given way too much time on the edge of the box by Polonia’s defensive trio, had a look at Sebastian Przyrowski’s position and lobbed him with his right foot. Decent and intelligent effort it was, but Polonia’s keeper should have done better.

Polonia was back in the game shortly after the break, as Marcin Kowalczyk failed to mark his man in Śląsk box, allowing more space for the opponent to head at the goal and the ball bounced off the bar and Marian Kelemen’s heels – into the net as well. But the second half was different as Śląsk’s wingers were much more comfortable on the ball, given the time by opponents, but failed to produce or finish the chances. On the other hand, it was Łukasz Gikiewicz who had three clear chances after the break and only once hit the target with a tame effort. Eric Moulougui was introduced late on but even he failed to create as Polonia made sure that their run of four games without a single point.
Polonia Warszawa 2-2 Śląsk Wrocław
Jacek Kiełb 14, Marián Kelemen 48 (og) – Adam Kokoszka 37, Sebastian Mila 39

Bełchatów surely going down

The atmosphere was perhaps flat in Belchatow but it was still something much, much better compared to GKS’ performance. Ruch Chorzów very much eased past struggling, bottom-of-the-table home side of Kamil Kiereś as not even Dawid Nowak could help, as he missed crucial chances just minutes before Maciej Jankowski opened the score from Starzyński’s pass. Zubas was beaten again by the same player on 47th minute and GKS keeper even saved a penalty in the second half, but the rebound from Janoszka was too much for Belchatow’s top performer this spring. At the other end it was similar story this spring as Ruch made mistakes but there was no one to capitalize on them, which meant GKS has still only one goal in last seven games when Madej gave them a win against Śląsk from the spot. Now relegation is a sad eventuality and the silence at the end of today’s match was telling. There is no hope left in Belchatow.

GKS Bełchatów 0-3 Ruch Chorzów
Maciej Jankowski 33, 47, Łukasz Janoszka 56

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