Polska Piłka: Ekstraliga review ahead of Poland World Cup qualifiers

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Five domestic league match days have been played ahead of the Polish international break. Here’s a short summary of the action in the Polish Ekstraliga so far.

The season started with huge disappointment in the Champions League, as Czarni Sosnowiec were eliminated in their home city by Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TE.

The Nöi NB I champions eventually lost the first round’s final against Albanian outfit Vllaznia Shkodër in the penalty shootout.

Czarni’s first two games were postponed and they still have the second match-day to fill. Their away match against AZS UJ Kraków is scheduled for September 29th.

Ekstraliga standings and results

Czarni are not only unbeaten, but are yet to concede a single goal. They are, however, second in the Ekstraliga table. Last year’s runners up, TME SMS Łódź, top the standings having won five games out of five.

The task was especially hard in the fourth game-week when the leaders battled Medyk Konin, but still managed to keep their unbeaten streak. A penalty from Gabriela Grzybowska in the 88th minute gave the three points to Łódź.

The pursuit group is led by Górnik Łęczna and GKS Katowice – two clubs with a miner industry origin. Both have lost just one game – GKS against Górnik in the opening matchday, while Górnik lost to AZS UJ Kraków.

The team from Poland’s second biggest city seemed to have had a great start of the season, but defeats to GKS and AP Lotos Gdańsk have changed the optics.

The opposite case was Sportis KKP Bydgoszcz who are sixth in the table after waiting for game-week four to bank their first set of points for the season. Bydgoszcz were dealt a frustrating 4-3 defeat by Tarnovia in their first game of the term.

Debutants Tarnovia and Rekord Bielsko-Biała seem to deny the theory about a big difference between Ekstraliga and the 1st League – the second tier in Poland – keeping their place above the relegation zone. They are even ahead of last year’s fifth-placed Śląsk Wrocław.

This is, however, down to a matter of a very unfavourable schedule for the team, who have battled all of last year’s top four teams already.

In the upcoming weeks, we should see Śląsk move up the table. However, their recent 5-0 defeat to Górnik Łęczna may have stirred some nervousness in Wrocław.

The bottom two spots are occupied by the most north-located teams – AP Lotos Gdańsk, who put in a surprise 3-0 performance against AZS UJ Kraków last Saturday, and Olimpia Szczecin.

Goalscoring table

Martyna Wiankowska is currently Ekstraliga’s top scorer. The left-winger of Czarni Sosnowiec has scored six goals so far, thanks to a hat-trick last weekend during an 11-0 win over Tarnovia.

Macleans Chinonyerem of Górnik Łęczna, and Medyk Konin’s Anna Gawrońska also bagged hat-tricks and sit on five goals.

The upcoming World Cup qualifiers are not only a chance for those not called up to the Poland national team to rest, but for time to recover from injury. This includes Klaudia Jedlińska from Łódź.

The more complicated injuries were noticed in Sosnowiec. Forward Dżesika Jaszek tore her ACL and is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

The upcoming game of Poland vs Belgium in Gdańsk will be reported straight from the venue. Keep following Her Football Hub for the next „Polska Piłka” column piece coming up after the NT’s matches.

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