The Polish national team was guaranteed participation in the March play-offs to the World Cup in Qatar, but with a win or a draw with Hungary, it could be among the seeded teams, thanks to which it would play the first match at the National Stadium. It did not happen, however, because the Polish team lost 1: 2. For the last time Poland lost at the National Stadium in March 2014, when the Scots turned out to be better (0: 1).
Cezary Kulesza comments on the confusion about the match against Hungary. “I was furious”
Cezary Kulesza spoke with “Super Express” a few days after the match between the Polish national team and Hungary (1-2). The president of the Polish Football Association decided to address the criticism that fell on both Robert Lewandowski and Paulo Sousa. “Poland lost. We win and lose together, the selector risked a lot. Our attitude was a gift for the Hungarians who took advantage of it. I was furious with the final result. I think that the campaign and hate that has spilled over Robert Lewandowski in recent days are very unfair. Robert did not deserve such words, “he said.
Why did Cezary Kulesza not dismiss Paulo Sousa after defeating Hungary at the end of the first part of the qualifying round? “The play-offs are part of the qualifying round. Paulo Sousa still has a basic job to do, which is a promotion to the World Cup. The defeat will hinder our path, but we are not giving up. We are still in the game of promotion compared to many European teams that have lost their chances of promotion. I really believe in our team, we have a better chance of promotion than 3 percent “- added Kulesza. Paulo Sousa’s contract with the Polish Football Association is valid until the end of the play-offs.
The Polish national team was among the teams not seeded. This means that in the first game the Polish team can play against Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden or Wales. The play-off pair draw will take place on Friday, November 26 at 17:00. The semi-finals will be played on March 24 and 25, 2022, and the finals will be held on March 28 and 29.