Wales had to win to stay in League A but it is Poland who retain their place among Europe’s elite through a solitary goal from Swiderski early in the second half. There were chances for the well-supported home side and it could have been a different story on another night as there were some agonising moments in the Polish area. Both teams can now focus on the World Cup, but it’s Poland who are celebrating in the Welsh capital.
Poland secure their safety with an impressive win that relegates Wales from League A.
Swiderski’s neat finish from Lewandowski’s lethal touch keeps his country in the top flight of the UEFA Nations League as the visiting players head over to applaud their celebrating ranks of fans in white and red in one corner of the Cardiff City Stadium.
Bale removes his shinpads and joins his team-mates to share support for one another as their campaign comes to a close at the foot of the table.
Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said,”It was a very physical battle today. Wales started the game very well – on the front foot – and we had to dig in deep to stay in the game and get our goal. We had to stay compact; it wasn’t great to watch but it was a good performance. Today’s game will help us a lot for the World Cup as we wanted to finish on a high.”
Wales coach Rob Page said ,”For us to compete at the top, top level we’re going to need every player fit and available and playing well. That’s nothing against the rest of the squad – they’re brilliant, to a man – but we need our best players on the pitch. When you have injuries and suspensions on the back of a big effort against Belgium, you have to learn lessons from that and take that into the World Cup.”