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Match report: Poland 1 South Africa 0

Posted: 12 October 2012 Time: 6:50 pm

South Africa suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Poland at the National Stadium in Warsaw in an international friendly on Friday night.

Marcin Komorowski got the goal for the Poles in the second half.

Gordon Igesund's side were outplayed by the Eastern Europeans, who will take confidence from this performance as they head into a 2014 World Cup qualifier against England next week.

Only a fine performance from goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune kept the score down, while the visitors' attack never really provided any kind of threat to the Polish defence, despite them enjoying a good share of ball possession.

Bafana handed debuts to full-back Luvhengo Mungomeni and Ricardo Nunes. The latter was caught out early in the game when Ariel Borysiuk ran free down the right and crossed for Adrian Mierzejewski, who shot wide of goal.

It was the first of many chances for the Poles, who were certainly the more potent of the two teams as far as attacking play was concerned.

On 17 minutes striker Artur Sobiech somehow missed a sitter from close range after a cross from Pawel Wszolek, as the hosts continued to look dangerous from wide areas.

On 26 minutes Arkadiusz Piech sprung the South African offside trap in a swift counter attack and looked destined to open the scoring, but Khune came up with a good save in a one-on-one situation to keep his team on par.

Bafana Bafana's only threatening moment arrived six minutes into the second half when a free-kick from Nunes found the head of Kagisho Dikgacoi, but the midfielder's effort flashed across the face of goal, much to the relief of goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

From then on it was all Poland, and Khune was soon forced into another good save, this time to deny Sobiech, while on 67 minutes substitute Waldemar Sobota headed wide of the target as the hosts once more cut Bafana's defence open out on the flanks.

On 82 minutes Poland's pressure finally paid dividends, as right-back Grzegorz Wojtkowiak provided a low cross that was swept home by Marcin Komorowski. Khune was helpless to deny the attacker as the Poles went ahead.

Bafana thought they had scored an equaliser in injury time when Siyabonga Sangweni glanced home a header, but he was correctly ruled offside and the goal did not stand.

 

Poland (0) 1 (Komorowski 82)
South Africa 0

Poland XI: Tyton, Wojtkowiak, Wawrzyniak, Perquis, Wszolek, Komorowski, Borysiuk, Mierzejewski, Piech, Sobiech
Subs used: Sobota, Grosicki, Danch, Murawski, Komorowski, Obraniak

Bafana XI: Khune, Mungomeni, Khumalo, Sangweni, Nunes, Myeni, Furman, Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Chabangu, Parker
Subs used: Letsholonyane, Modise, Ndlovu, Lebese

Article by: BackpageTxt

Previous comments on this story...

Qude
posted: 09:19 pm
He he he Mzantsi no 1 finest on goals against strong opposition and the Vampire from myfair is going to play against weak opponents Kenya GI is brilliant cause that dude is going to scare the ref and we won't play without him ( anyway what's wrong with teeth at pirates lots of people have got problems in mouths when u speak to them you need to hold an umbrella coz it rains
gotze p2
posted: 09:27 pm
yeeer the quality of the picture by sabc1 is screwin wit our eyes.
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 09:44 pm
@Qude... We are waiting to see what your nazoorena cows are going to do tonite. Are they gonna lose with pride again? Miyeni must just come out, we want to see these chivs cows. Its a pity Sangweni is alone at the back. Another loss for bachieps bachieps!
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 09:50 pm
@Qude... We are waiting to see what your nazoorena cows are going to do tonite. Are they gonna lose with pride again? Miyeni must just come out, we want to see these chivs cows. Its a pity Sangweni is alone at the back. Another loss for bachieps bachieps!
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:29 pm
I knew it! The chimpanzees from Nazoorena are messed up by Polish cows! Sies! This is a disgrace. This is what happens when you let ano average team dominate the national team!
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:36 pm
This Zebra team is very average
ChiefDestroyer
posted: 10:41 pm
Since the Zebras took credit for the victory over Mozambique,one wonders if they will accept this loss as an affirmation of their dominance in the national team...
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:41 pm
Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali! Jali!J ali! Jali! Jali! Jali!
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:44 pm
Eish! Hadi Sangweni, you were playing alone. The chimps from Nazoorena failed you. You were a defender and a striker. You are unfortunate to be playing alongside cows like shaba, letshwenenyana and Parcow. I hope they rest you for Kenya game and they put Mulomowamotoho in. The Harambee stars are going to expose the cows/chimps from nazoorena
Myzuzu
posted: 10:46 pm
Amakakake lawa Simphiwe Shabalala is finish. I was impressed by the two white men, but Psl played sh.it except Khune.
tebotouch
posted: 10:48 pm
what were you expecting???
Failing to plan,
is planning to fail. Period.
Nyawana??? Lebese??? Nunes??? Mgomeni??? Really now are they the best south africa can offer???
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 10:48 pm
Saw signs of the old Bafana, poor and impotent, quite disappointed actually. But lets give Gordon some time, Rome was not built in 3days. Khune was brilliant

Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 10:49 pm
Correction mr editor...da headline shud be: POLAND BEAT CHIMPZ!
I feel sory 4 sangweni nd Sfisonel Myessi...up da bucs!
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:50 pm
Letsholonyane is finished, he was losing a lot of possession in the middle.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 10:52 pm
3 tips to GI:

1) Get rid of Mngomeni.
2) Get rid of your 3 defensive middlefield formation and use 2 or 1 instead... unless if you want to be another Pitso
3) Get rid of your 4-51 formation, its not productive...
Mosixty
posted: 10:53 pm
I'm not a fan of 4-5-1 pattern really. GI should have played with 2 strikers. Ranti was on the bench but never used. Shabangu was substituted for no reason. Letsolonyane continued to disappoint with his stray passes. Shabba should have been replaced earlier instead of Shabangu. GI is loosing it Now. This is the game South Africa should have never lost. The coach is to be blamed here. Wrong first 11 selection and wrong substitutions. I thought we would continue from where we left against Mozambique.
KING?
posted: 10:54 pm

No contribution from Furman, he makes back passes like they are in fashion, he did n't even create a single offensive chance.

KG is an oxygen thief

Shabba is overrated n he is a cow, at this level he can't use his right leg, ayikhona lesgole asihabe.

Is Khune now conseding in every game, just a question.


Yeyey must be dropped, Parker is useless.

Gordon must be fired, he lacks ideas.m
tebotouch
posted: 10:54 pm
me thinks andile jali is needed, no disrespect to kagiso & furman but 1 of them has to make way for the big hearted lion king.
Just to stabilise the middlefield.

Another thing khune & yeye are the only cowality i saw from noordurena, the rest were eye iching ,
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:55 pm
4th tip

Get rid of Zebra useless players except for Cowne.
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:57 pm
Matches like these need players with winning mentality. Players like Sangweni, Jali, Manyisa, Benny and Miyeni. I am sure Jali would have bullied those cows from Poland. Benny would have bullied them upfront. Manyisa would have skinned them in the middle. Sifiso would have turned them in and out. Tonite he was failed by the chimps. Away with average players who cant even be runner-ups on the league log!
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