Football: Poland V England: 10 Crunch Games

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Football: Poland V England: 10 Crunch Games


POLAND have beaten England once. But they were respon-sible for one of the saddest nights in English football in 1973 when Sir Alf Ramsey's team were held to a draw at Wembley and denied a World Cup finals place. Since then the two countries have clashed in a number of vital matches.

POLAND 2 ENGLAND 0

at Chorzow June 1973

The Poles' only win against England came in front of 118,000 fans in this World Cup qualifier. Skipper Bobby Moore scored an own goal and Alan Ball was sent off for violent conduct.

ENGLAND 1 POLAND 1

at Wembley Oct 1973

This draw signalled the end for boss Sir Alf Ramsey as his side failed to reach the 1974 World Cup finals - due in the main to keeper Jan Tomaszewski - dubbed a "Clown" by Brian Clough.

ENGLAND 3 POLAND 0

at Monterrey June 1986

A first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker pulverised the Poles and ensured qualification for the knockout stage after an abysmal start to their World Cup campaign in Mexico.

POLAND 0 ENGLAND 0

at Katowice Oct 1989

England qualified for the World Cup in Italy thanks to heroics from Peter Shilton, his defence and the crossbar, which was thumped by a 30-yard shot in the very last minute.

POLAND 1 ENGLAND 1

at Poznan Nov 1991

England again sealed qualification - to Euro 92 - with a point in Poland, and it was skipper Gary Lineker who scored the vital goal, equalising with a 77th-minute volley. …

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