Poland 1-2 The Netherlands: Hosts are lacklustre in penultimate Euro warm-up

The Oranje brushed aside one of the teams heading from France this summer with relative ease on Wednesday.

Poland 1-2 The Netherlands: Hosts are lacklustre in penultimate Euro warm-up
Lewandowski failed to shine as Poland fell to defeat. (Photo: AFP)
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The Netherlands
Poland: (4-4-2): Szczesny; Piszczek (Cionek 46'), Glik, Padzan, Jedrzejczyk; Blaszczykowski (Kapustka 46'), Maczynski (Jodlowiec 80'), Zielinski, Grosicki (Peszko 77'); Milik (Stepinski 87'), Lewandowski (Linetty 67').
The Netherlands: (4-3-3): Cillessen; Tete, Bruma, van Dijk, Willems (van Aanholt 46'); van Ginkel (Strootman 71'), Bazoer, Wijnaldum; Berghuis (Narsingh 67'), Janssen (Dost 74'), Promes.
SCORE: 0-1, Janssen 33'. 1-1, Artur Jedrzejczyk 60'. 1-2, Wijnaldum 76'.
REFEREE: Booked: Wijnaldum 63', Lewandowski 63'.

Poland's penultimate game before this summer's trip to France ended in defeat on Wednesday night, with the Netherlands denying them a victory in front of their own fans.

It could have been a perfect start for the hosts when Arkadiusz Milik threatened early on, but his shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced away from danger and suddenly the Dutch were awake.

Looking to throw a spiteful spanner in the works of Poland's Euro 2016 preparation with them having failed to qualify, the Netherlands posed problems for the home defence, which was far from convincing.

This was highlighted as the Oranje took the lead just past the half hour mark, with a lack of closing down and poor marking allowing Vincent Janssen to head home from close range.

They were good for their lead too and could have added to it before the break, but for a couple of good saves from Wojciech Szczesny.

These saves proved crucial when Artur Jedrzejczyk equalised on the hour; Poland having started the second half the better of the two and capitalised on that as the defender headed in from a corner.

However, Georginio Wijnaldum put the Netherlands back into the lead with less than 15 minutes to play and this was enough for the Dutch to head home with a win under their belts, leaving Poland with plenty to ponder before their opening group game in 11 days' time.

Lively start as game lives up to the billing

Two sides littered with players well-established in Europe, this promised to be a lively game and it certainly started that way.

After Szczesny, looking to put on a performance to put him at the top of the goalkeeping pecking order, was drawn into a comfortable save by Steven Berghuis, Milik went down the other end and thumped an effort against the underside of the crossbar.

It was an end-to-end game that rarely relented with it's attacking action. Marco van Ginkel responded to Milik's effort with a close call of his own before the 15 minute mark, but his shot bent the wrong way at the wrong time, taking it away from the away goal.

The Oranje start to strut their stuff, as Poland lose theirs

As both sides settled, the game simmered a little too, with chances harder to come by and fouls more frequent as they scrapped for the ball. Neither side was dominating like they may be used to, and it was clear for all to see that they were eager to get on the ball as much as possible as a result.

The next big action then, was a goal, with the Dutch taking the lead just past the half hour mark. It was terrible defending from the Poles that allowed them to so so too. Jedrzejczyk didn't close down Berghuis, and the two centre-halves - Kamil Glik and Michal Padzan - allowed Janssen to slip between them and head home from close range. 

The score could have read two less than five minutes later as well, with the Polish defence all at sea as Janssen burst through on the left and arrowed his shot goalwards, only for Szczesny to get down low and parry it away from danger.

Minutes later, errors were still letting the Dutch in as Pazdan miscontrolled the ball and Berghuis pounced, but for the Arsenal 'keeper to claw his shot - admittedly lacking power - out of harm's way.

However, Poland somehow made it to the break with just the one-goal deficit, despite what their defence might have deserved.

The Dutch were impressive, but aren't heading to France this summer. (Photo: @WSCsm)
The Dutch were impressive, but aren't heading to France this summer. (Photo: @WSCsm)

Hosts lacking quality, despite an equaliser

The Netherlands' inability to extend their lead would come back to haunt them too, as Poland would level on the hour.

It looked for a short while that it would be star man Robert Lewandowski who would provide the goal, with his influence in the game growing.

However, it was Jedrzejczyk on target - thumping in Milik's corner with a super header that beat the man on the post.

This was Poland's chance to assert themselves in the game, having got themselves back on level terms and with them on top.

Yet, they didn't. Instead, the Netherlands put themselves back into the lead, introducing some exciting talent off the bench to help them do so as Poland withdrew their big names.

Quincy Promes' cross was well recycled by the fresh legs of Luciano Narsingh, with his quick feet allowing him to evade a couple of challenges before feeding Wijnaldum; the Newcastle United man able to apply an emphatic finish from close range.

Promes was then denied from range by a smart Szczesny stop; the Dutch, with their tails up, looking to put the result beyond doubt as we ticked past the 80 minute mark.

The closest Poland came to a second equaliser was three minutes from time when Slawomir Peszko's effort worried Jasper Cillessen with a deflection, but this was the best they could muster up in their lacklustre attempts to fight back.

They will now hope to make amends for a poor display on Monday in their big send off, with them to face Lithuania in their last game before the Euros.