Although Krystian Nowak was ready to play, coach Janusz Niedźwiedź decided that it was too early for the stopwatch to return to the field in the basic squad. The bigger surprise was the game from the first minute by David Villanueva. The Spaniard has only played 21 minutes so far and could not even get into the match team for a long time. But even Mateusz Michalski was not on the bench.
Two players with a past from Widzew played in Sandecja. Anyway, Robert Prochownik is still a Widzew player on loan to the team from Nowy Sącz. Sebastian Rudol, on the other hand, does not have very good memories of his stay in the club in Łódź. The first season was quite successful, because he played 22 games. He had only four appearances in the previous one and was sent to the reserves.
After moving to Sandecja, he plays the first fiddle here and it turned out that he can manage without any problems in the back of the league. This season he has not played only once, because he has been sidelined for yellow cards. And this is the mainstay of the defense.
The Łódź team hoped that after four matches without a win, they would finally break through in Nowy Sącz and would not allow the leader of Miedzia Legnica to jump back. The hosts had the opportunity to become even more at home in the play-off zone.
The beginning of the match was very balanced – the players from both teams had chances. Bartosz Guzdek and Daniel Chmiel shot, but a much better situation was wasted by Villanueva, who lost the duel with Dawid Pietrzkiewicz. There were more spectators at the ball, but the hosts responded threateningly several times.
The guests, however, played better. Daniel Tanżyna, Dominik Kun and Villanueva were hitting, an interesting action was performed by Patryk Stępiński, but no one reached the pass. After half an hour of play, Widzew was on the ball twice as often as Sandecja, but there were still no goals.
When it seemed that the judge would finish the first half, the spectators got their way. The hosts forgot to keep an eye on the Kun. Widzew’s midfielder defeated Pietrzkiewicz with a strong blow.
Dariusz Dudek, Sandecja’s coach, noticed that his team was playing less well. During the break he changed two players to increase the chances of equalizing. However, it was still the guests who presented themselves better. After a throw-in, the ball hit Tanżyna’s feet, but the stopwatch made a mistake by several dozen centimeters.
With time, the hosts began to speak up and pushed the citizens of Lodz into the defense, who were saving themselves by throwing off the throw or cars. After another set fragment, Tanżyna kicked the ball, but the referee stopped the game after the signal from the VAR car. Sławomir Jarzębak watched the disputed situation and decided that Widzew’s stopwatch played with his hand. He dictated a penalty kick which Damir Sovsić used.
Sandecja followed the blow – and the lead was given by substitute Błażej Szczepanek. The air from Łódź seemed to have leaked out – they made mistake after mistake. He also released his nerves to coach Janusz Niedźwiedz, who received a yellow card.
The coach made changes, but his players could not recover for a long time. Only in the end they attacked menacingly several times, and a point one minute before the end of the regular time was saved by the substitute Paweł Tomczyk, who took advantage of Kun’s excellent pass.
Sandecja Nowy Sącz – Widzew 2-2 (0-1)
Goals: Sovsić (61, penal), Szczepanek (67) – Kun (45), Tomczyk (89)
Sandecja: Pietrzkiewicz – Osyra, Boczek, Rudol, Poor – Chmiel (46th Dikov), Sovsić, Fall, Janicki, Piter-Bućko – Prochownik (46th Szczepanek).
/KAROL SLOMKA / 400mm.pl / NEWSPIX.PL /Newspix