Scotland and Poland were set to take part in this week’s World Cup qualifying play-offs, but given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, their respective match-ups have been postponed and abandoned. With no competitive outings this week, the two nations have now booked themselves in for a brush-up at Hampden Park.
Poland have subsequently bypassed the semi-finals of Path B and will now face one of either Sweden or the Czech Republic in their play-off final, with the nation now just one game away from reaching the winter World Cup in Qatar, and qualifying for back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 2002 and 2006.
Steve Clarke’s men will have a bit of a wait to determine their fate, but for now this friendly against Poland will provide them a stern examination and a much-needed test to see where they’re at. It should be an entertaining fixture despite there being no major repercussions, with plenty of star quality on display.
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Scotland vs Poland: Match Stats
All eyes will naturally gravitate towards Robert Lewandowski, who continues to defy his ageing legs — with the prolific Pole turning 34 this year — and plays with the speed, stamina and aggression of a man 10 years his junior. The Warsaw-born sharp-shooter is already just three goals shy of matching his overall tally from last season for Bayern Munich, while for Poland he continues to find the back of the net at an alarming rate also. In fact, Lewandowski has scored a brace in four of his previous 11 international games for Bialo-czerwoni. He is just three goals away from matching Pele’s international total of 77 and moving into the top 10 of all-time scorers.
08 Oct 2015 – Scotland 2-2 Poland – European Championship qualifying
14 Oct 2014 – Poland 2-2 Scotland – European Championship qualifying
05 Mar 2014 – Poland 0-1 Scotland – International Friendly
25 Apr 2001 – Poland 1-1 Scotland – International Friendly
19 May 1990 – Scotland 1-1 Poland – International Friendly
The last time these sides met, it was a European Championship qualifier at Hampden Park, and the spoils were shared. Robert Lewandowski scored twice that day, once in the early stages (minute three) and in the dying embers (minute 94), with goals from Matt Ritchie and Steven Fletcher sandwiched between those two strikes.