Here is what at the Puskas Arena:
- The Hungarians went 2-0 up in the 57th minute.
- Three substitutes came onto the pitch moments after the second goal. And, lo and behold, within two minutes, the game was a draw. First, Krzysztof Piątek scored, followed by Kamil Jóźwiak. Both of them started the match on the bench.
- It looked as if coach Paulo Sousa had found a solution to his starting eleven in his substitutes. This change in the tactical plan for the meeting in Budapest led to the result from the 57th minute.
- Poland didn’t have a shot until the break, though. The team was non-existent in the offensive.
- Robert Lewandowski waited in vain for 20 minutes for a pass in or near the penalty area. But the ball didn’t arrive, he had only four contacts with it. So, the captain again took to playing around the middle of the pitch.
- One defensive mistake was enough for the hosts to lead again. Roland Sallai received a pass behind defenders. He did not allow Jan Bednarek to catch up. He took advantage of Szczęsny’s bad positioning to kick the ball into the net.
- The Poles were unable to respond. They, including the captain and goalkeeper, needed to change the result and the game.
- Fortunately, after the break the offensive players were able to hit the net. They equalized and rectified the mistakes that were made at the back.
- The side’s midfielders did not contribute much for a long time. Reca only woke up a little after the break. Sebastian Szymański could not win a duel and was substituted.
- There was a lack of any idea how to break through the well-organised Hungarian defence. Acceleration and an element of surprise were also missing.
- Though Milik failed to score, the captain scored the third goal with a beautiful shot from several meters.
And this is why it can be said that Hungary and Poland played a demanding draw.