The first leg against Albania was crucial in the fight for promotion to the play-offs ahead of the World Cup. The Poles completed the task and scored three points, and the players did not hide their satisfaction with this result. – This is the most important win in this qualifying round – said Piotr Zieliński in an interview with TVP Sport. As the Napoli midfielder added, Piao Chironi had a good and consistent match with an opponent who had set difficult conditions. – In the end, we controlled the game and three points come back with us to Poland – he added, stressing that our representatives have more football skills than Albanians, which was evident on the field.
Flying bottles and choppy match
Zielinski also referred to the behavior of the fans who tried to distract Paulo Sousa’s players from the start. “I’ve played in a few stadiums where it was very loud,” he said. The home team’s supporters were throwing bottles at the Napoli midfielder before Karol Schwederski’s goal. As Zieliński noticed, then the bottles that weren’t full flew towards him. – After the goal was scored, these bottles were full and flew from the stands in sequence, not one by one. Fortunately, none of the boys was hit in the head – he confirmed. Shortly after the goal was scored by Oedersky, the referee ordered the match to be stopped, which resumed after more than 20 minutes.
Pawes Dawidowicz commented on the match and described what happened in the Polish team after the referee’s decision to leave the field. – We knew we would be back and we had to be ready – he confirmed, adding that the players remained focused despite the break. Hellas defender, Verona, assessed the attitude of the fans who have been cheering enthusiastically for the hosts since the start of the match. – It is fun to play matches where you feel the atmosphere and the fact that people live with the ball – he said.
The bottles in Tirana kept flying even after the match. Kibole interrupted Świderski’s interview, and it was recorded by cameras
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