- Jacek Zieliński returned to Cracovia after four years of separation and greeted the fans in the best possible way – from winning with a contender to the championship title
- In the first half, it was boring from the pitch, but in the second half of the game we saw a goal that will surely qualify for the title of the goal of the season. Kakabadze boomed out indefensibly
- For Raków this is the third consecutive match without a win; Lech Poznań has a six-point advantage over Marek Papszun’s team and has played one game more. The players from Krakow recovered from their defeats against Wisła and Radomiak
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“Coach, welcome home” – a banner with such an inscription appeared on one of the stands during yesterday’s match between Cracovia and Raków. Jacek Zieliński, after more than four years, led the Pasy again and started his second stay at Wawel by winning with the top team.
Two big changes
The new Pasów coach had two weeks to work with the team. After reviewing his squad, Zieliński made two changes to the starting line-up. Karol Niemczycki stood in the goal for the first time since the cup match against ŁKS (0-0, 1: 3 in penalties). Earlier, Lukas Hrosso had a place there. The reason for the change was, among others a disease that the Slovak was struggling with in recent days.
– It was a decision made after deeper reflection, but it was also caused by Lukas’ disease, who has not trained recently. Karol benefited from his friend’s health problems, but he also presented himself well in training – said the Belts coach before the match. Michal Siplak also returned to the first team. The Slovak was placed in the center of the defensive in place of Jakub Jugas, who had a certain place in the eleven so far.
In the first half, the pitch was boring. Cracovia fired only one shot, and in addition missed. Raków players tried to surprise Niemczycki with long shots, but he probably caught all the balls flying towards him. The closest goal was Patryk Kun, whose shot from the 16th minute flew right next to the goal post of Cracovia. – Our game is not bad, we create situations, but we lack a better final draw and finalization. Over time, we should tip the scales in our favor – said the guest striker Sebastian Musiolik during the break. He did not come out for the second half, he was replaced by Vladislavs Gutkovskis.
Kakabadze boomed out indefensibly
After switching sides, the game image did not change. The players from Częstochowa had the ball more often and they often tried to cross into the Cracovia penalty box in the hope that the growing Latvian would win the head match and be able to shoot. After a quarter of an hour, Ivi Lopez had a great chance. Matej Rodin did not manage to clear a cross from the left and the ball went to the Spaniard. This one hit without acceptance, but was slightly wrong. Several seconds after Lopez’s situation, the Cracovia coach made two more changes. The field was entered, among others, by Otar Kakabadze and this castle influenced the final result. In the 69th minute, the Georgian got the ball kicked by one of the rivals and without thinking he shot towards the goal of Vladan Kovačević. The Bosniak tried to intervene, but the shot was too powerful for him to do anything about it. Coach Marek Papszun tried to save the result with changes. Cracovia’s defense did not make any mistakes and kept a clean sheet for the second time this season.
In Jacek Zieliński’s debut as a Cracovia coach in April 2015, his team confidently defeated Zawisza Bydgoszcz (3: 0). Back then, it was the start of a series of 12 Unbeaten Stripes matches. The 60-year-old started his second term again with a victory, and with a strong rival. Raków fans have less reasons to be satisfied. After the 14th round, the leader of the league, Lech increased the advantage over Medals to six points.
Cracovia – Raków Częstochowa 1: 0 (0: 0)
Goal: Kakabadze 69 ‘
Yellow cards: Siplak, van Amersfoort, Piszczek – Kun, Tudor
Cracovia: Niemczycki – Rapa, Rodin, Siplak (86 ‘Jugas), Pestka – Loshaj (61’ Kakabadze), Knap (46 ‘Lusiusz), Rakoczy (61’ Myszor), Van Amersfoort, Hanca – Alvarez (39 ‘Piszczek)
Rakow: Kovacević – Niewulis, Arsenić, Papanikolaou – Poletanović (75 ‘Gwilia), Tudor, Kun (75’ Wdowiak), Lederman, Lopez (83 ‘Guedes), Sturgeon (75’ Arak) – Musiolik (46 ‘Gutkovskis)