Kosovo – Poland in el. Women’s World Cup. Minimum win

So far, “Biało-Czerwony” in September tied in Gdańsk with the Belgians 1-1 and defeated Armenia 1-0 away. A month later, they drew goalless in Łódź with Norway and won in Tychy with Albania 2-0. They are second in Group F, two points behind Norway. Kosovo, which takes us to Pristina, is the fifth with four “eyes”.

Selector Nina Patalon has had a problem for some time, because she cannot use the services of the goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek and the forward Ewa Pajor. On Thursday, she attacked the debutante Karolina Gec (AZS UJ Kraków, a graduate of Bronowianka Kraków).

Polish women were favorites, but in the fourth minute they had to swallow a bitter pill. Liridona Syla showed off after a corner from a corner kick, for which it was the second hit in these eliminations.

In the 14th minute, “Biało-Czerwony” should equalize. Zofia Buszewska crossed from the right, and Gec “headed” in the penalty area, but the rookie in the team missed the goal. Three minutes later, however, it was 1-1. This time Natalia Padilla-Bidas crossed from the right, and 17-year-old Gec sent the ball into the net from close range.

The Polish women took the lead in the 35th minute. Adriana Achcińska crossed the free kick, and Martyna Wiankowska closed the action at the post, hitting the goal from a few meters. It was the 500th goal ever scored by the women’s national team.

During the break there was one change in the “Biało-Czerwonych” team. Nikol Kaletka left the field, and she was replaced by another debutante Gabriela Grzybowska (UKS SMS Łódź).

We had a short break at the beginning of the second half as Kosovo’s goalkeeper Florentina Kolgeci was treated. Then Edona Kryeziu suffered, who was kicked in her own penalty area by Wiankowska. Our footballer saw a yellow card.

In the 63rd minute, Polish women could win by two goals. After a play from the right, Padilla-Bidas was “heading” from close, but Kolgeci kicked the ball off the goal line.

Nina Patalon decided to use the Thursday match to check the staff, because another debutant Natalia Wróbel, also from AZS UJ Krakow, appeared on the pitch 15 minutes before the end.

In the end we had a break again, because after one of the clashes Ereleta Memeti suffered.

The Kosovo football player, however, returned to the game, and a minute before the end she had an excellent chance to equalize, but Karolina Klabis saved it in a one-on-one situation. There was only a corner, after which Syla “headed”, but the Polish goalkeeper, with problems, did not let herself be surprised.

After a while, Nikola Karczewska found herself in a good situation, but Kolgeci prevented her and nothing came of it.

So the Polish women won and for a moment became the leaders in the group (in the evening Norway will play away with Albania), and in five days they will have their last meeting of the year. The match against Belgium will be played on November 30 at 8:30 pm at Heverlee. Broadcast on TVP Sport.

The 2023 World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand. The group winners will advance to them directly, and the second placed teams will play in the play-offs. The best two will secure a promotion, and the third will have another chance in the intercontinental play-off tournament with 10 teams.

32 teams will take part in the final tournament, including two hosts without having to play in qualifying.

Goals: 1-0 Sylla (4.), 1-1 Gec (17.), 2-1 Wiankowska (35.).


About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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