We gave grades to our players after the Poland-Moldova match. To put it mildly, we don’t have much to be happy about. Compared to the team that ranks 159th in the FIFA rankings, our performance was downright embarrassing. Again…
Traditionally, after each match of the Polish national team, we give our players ratings on a scale from 1 to 10. This time it was no different, although after the clash with Moldova, Michał Probierz’s players deserved mainly criticism. “Mainly” because there were flashes, but they were not enough to beat the team ranked 159th in the FIFA rankings.
Ratings for the Poland – Moldova match
Wojciech Szczęsny (4) – He went for mushrooms on one of the crosses, which made things hot. However, when Ian Nicolaescu scored a goal to make it 1-0, our goalkeeper had no chance. Besides, the goalkeeper had nothing interesting to do.
Tomasz Kędziora (2) – It was him who escaped from being covered by the Moldovan striker during a goal-scoring action. Our defender’s behavior in this situation was scandalous, as if he had completely forgotten about the existence of the opponent lurking behind his back. Unfortunately, this was not one situation in which the PAOK player should have behaved better. He looked stressed and lost every time he had to do more than hit the ball farther and blindly. Each pressing approach of the opponent meant a high chance that the Lech Poznań player would soon make a mistake, or at least give the ball to the opponents after a bad pass or clearance.
Patryk Peda (5) – A weaker performance than against the Faroe Islands, although the defender from the third Italian league still performed the best out of our entire defense. He won most of the clashes with his rivals, he usually positioned himself well, although he also suffered one loss, after which things got hot in front of the Poles’ goal.
Jakub Kiwior (3) – He looked like Clement Lenglet and that’s not a compliment at all. FC Barcelona fans may remember the French stopper who often positioned himself incorrectly, was late, did not read the game and lost most of the physical duels. This is exactly what it looked like for the center back of the Polish national team against Moldova. The Arsenal player won 6/14 aerial duels, played 1/10 successful long balls and had as many as 16 turnovers. Jail.
Paweł Wszołek (4) – One of the few players you can’t hold any grudges against after this match, or maybe hold a small one. The representative of Legia Warszawa was very active on the right flank, both in forward play and in defense. Unfortunately, he did not manage to score, although he had two good opportunities in the 20th and 42nd minute – one of them was after a brilliant back-foot by Karol Świderski. He left a lot of heart on the pitch, although there was no specific information about it.
Patryk Dziczek (2) – He already performed poorly compared to the Faroe Islands, and Moldova actually exposed him. God, what does that even sound like? We are talking about a team ranked 159th in the FIFA rankings! Despite this, the Piast Gliwice midfielder was completely lost in comparison to this team. Already in the first minutes he made a dangerous loss, and then he sent inaccurate passes several times while in our half. He couldn’t keep up with the game. No wonder Michał Probierz took it off during the break.
Piotr Zieliński (3) – We cannot deny his willingness. The Napoli playmaker took responsibility. He wanted to put a stamp on every action of the White and Reds. But was there anything he really did well in the match against Moldova? Crosses? NO. Set pieces? Generally weak. Through passes? Mostly inaccurate. To this we can add 69 percent. accuracy of passes and a dozen losses. It is true that Piotr Zieliński provided an assist for Karol Świderski’s goal, but even with it he was lucky, because before the ball reached the recipient, it ricocheted.
Przemysław Frankowski (5) – Very annoying and sloppy in the first half. In the second half he improved significantly and was our driving force. He was the only one who started dribbling without any complexes and without showing unnecessary respect to his opponents. He sent a few interesting passes forward (when he was already playing on the left defense) and two good centres, although it turned out to be too little for Moldova.
Sebastian Szymański (3) – We could attribute many of the charges brought against Piotr Zieliński to him. Overall, however, the Fenerbahce midfielder was less active. On the plus side, there were two good centers (Karoł Świderski made a promising header after one of them) and that’s all there is to note.
Karol Świderski (6) – The best of the White and Reds. Active from the beginning to the end of the meeting. He acted brilliantly in the situation after which he scored a goal, when he misled the opponent with his body balance alone. It’s a pity, however, that he didn’t take advantage of two other opportunities, for example the one at the end of the first half. He should also have had an assist after a brilliant backheel to Paweł Wszołek. If we had two more such Karol Świderskis, maybe we would have won…
Arkadiusz Milik (2) – The paradox of the Juventus striker’s performance is that his best move in the match against Moldova was when he decided not to touch the ball. He let it pass, and in a moment Karol Świderski scored a goal to make it 1-1. Apart from that, we watched a typical Arkadiusz Milik, that is, ineffective, inaccurate and generally irritating. He will dream about the shot and follow-up at the end of the first half. Unfortunately, so do we.
Bartosz Slisz (4) – He played much better than Patryk Dziczek, but it was as big a challenge as starting a car engine for a professional driver. He didn’t have much work to do defensively, and when it was necessary to stop the Moldovan counterattack, he did it. However, he did not shine in the forward game in any way, as he sometimes does in Legia Warszawa. He just needed to be more courageous since we overwhelmed our opponents in the second half.
Jakub Kamiński (3) – He was supposed to make a positive difference, but he looked worse than the tired Paweł Wszołek, whom he replaced. He was very inaccurate, although at the end he sent two good shots, one of which could have resulted in a goal by Adam Buksa in the added time of the second half. Unfortunately, the Wolfsburg winger also personally wasted one great opportunity when he ran in from the right and then shot too lightly at goal in an advantageous position.
Filip Marchwiński (3) – He made two unsuccessful crosses, once collected the second ball well and that was it. Poor performance.
Adam Buksa (3) – He is not the type of striker who will take the ball, pass three opponents and score a goal. We are aware of this, but we expected more from him. He didn’t make a difference in the physical duels, and when he won the competition for the cross, he made a mistake from close range. And it was a 2-1 ball in the 91st minute of the match.
Kamil Grosicki (unrated) – He played too short, although it is worth noting that thanks to his center we had a chance to make it 2:1 at the end of the match. The one spoiled by Jakub Kamiński.