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World Cup Qualifying: Ukraine-Poland Preview

Robert Lewandowski

Courtesy of Robert Lewandowski’s official Facebook page

These two nations co-hosted EURO 2012, and this will be the second meeting after that tournament in World Cup Qualifying. Ukraine are in second with 15 points while Poland sit in fourth with 13. With two games remaining, the winner of this match can go a long way as not only the runner-up position is wide open, but leadership of the group is also up for grabs as England are in first with only 16 points.

Poland have better individual talent with Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski leading the way in midfield and offense respectively. A lesser-known star who wears the no. 10 for Trabzonspor in Turkey is none other than Adrian Mierzejewski, who has decent vision and a knack for scoring goals from close and long range alike.

These three guys are all expected to start and will have to come up with something special to in on the road against a sturdy host.

The Ukraine will rely on their home fans to push them to the limit and will look for a repeat performance of their 3-1 victory in Warsaw from their first meeting back in March of this year. They have the talent, mindset and ability to play a good game, and being at home will only make matters easier for them.

The visitors know that they have to win this match in order to keep their qualifying hopes alive. If they tie or lose, their chances will be diminished severely as their final game is on the road against group-leading England. That is one game that they will truly struggle to win as a miracle may end up being the only way they leave with three points from the Three Lions’ den.