Scotland 1 – 1 Poland

Krzysztof Piatek’s injury-time penalty earned Poland a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park.

In a hastily arranged friendly after Scotland’s 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine was postponed to June, there wasn’t much between the sides until the 68th minute when Kieran Tierney headed a free kick from
captain John McGinn for his first international goal.

It looked like the Scots were heading for a seventh straight win until the third of three extra minutes when Irish referee Robert Hennessy ruled that Scotland keeper Craig Gordon had fouled Platek inside the box and replacing.
inserted into his kick.

Steve Clarke’s side face Austria next week in the second game of their friendly double-header, with Wales awaiting the play-off final in Cardiff if the Scots end up getting past Ukraine.

In the absence of Covid-affected captain Andy Robertson, midfielder McGinn received the armband as he clashed with Aston Villa team-mate Matty Cash.

Nathan Patterson was installed at right-back despite struggling to make an impact at Everton since joining from Rangers in January, but a strong Scotland squad included Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley and Tierney in a back three with Che Adams leading the way.

Called up for the first time, Ross Stewart, Craig Halkett and Aaron Hickey were on the bench, as was Polish star striker Robert Lewandowski, while new boss Czeslaw Michniewicz watched their World Cup game against Sweden or
Czech Republic next Tuesday.

There was huge Polish support among a healthy crowd of 39,090 in Hampden for a game where £10 from each ticket went to support UNICEF efforts in Ukraine.

The rowdy away fans added to the atmosphere, but it was the tartan army who cheered Patterson on 10 minutes when he passed four Polish players on a long run before his left-footed shot from 16 yards is saved by goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

John McGinn and Kieran Tierney (left) after Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Poland

In the 23rd minute, Poland wasted a glorious chance to take the lead when defender Bartosz Salamon headed a Cash cross over the bar from inside the penalty area.

The Scots ended the half well.

In the 34th minute, Adams tried his luck from 25 yards out with a powerful drive which Skorupski did well to muster.

Just before the break, Patterson had two efforts saved by Skorupski, the second of which came in the same incident which saw the Polish keeper also deny midfielder Billy Gilmour, before Ryan Christie headed away moments later.

First-half substitute Piatek sent a drive past Gordon’s right post early in the second half after the Scotland defense had opened up – but the home side responded positively.

McGinn rounded Skorupski after being sent in by Gilmour but his touch was too heavy and he got the ball out.

In the 65th minute, after McTominay lost possession in the middle of the field to Sebastian Szymanski, the Pole moved forward and Piatek’s drive was cleared off the line by Gilmour.

Hickey then replaced Greg Taylor to make his debut, with Stephen O’Donnell replacing Patterson. Moments later, the Scots were ahead.

McGinn’s whipped free-kick from wide on the right was met by the Arsenal defender, who glanced past Skorupski for his first against Scotland in 31 caps.

Stuart Armstrong, Kenny McLean and Ryan Jack replaced Christie, Callum McGregor and Gilmour, but just when the match seemed to end in a morale-boosting victory, the penalty was conceded and the home side had to settle of a draw.

Scotland’s long unbeaten streak comes to an end – Opta stats

  • Krzysztof Piątek’s 94th-minute penalty for Poland ended Scotland’s six-game winning streak, the longest since 2007.
  • Poland remain unbeaten in Scotland, winning two and drawing three from five visits. It is the highest number from Scotland to have hosted a nation without ever winning.
  • Scotland are currently winless in six home friendlies (D2 L4) since beating Denmark at Hampden Park in March 2016. It is their longest winless streak in home friendlies since 1997-2002 (7 matches).
  • Kieran Tierney scored his first Scottish goal in his 31st national team appearance. The goal was assisted by John McGinn, who has now registered as many assists in his last three games against Scotland as he had in his previous 40 (2).
  • Billy Gilmour won his 11th Scottish cap in this game – in the history of the men’s national team, only Darren Fletcher (13), Willie Henderson (12) and Paul McStay (12) have made more appearances before their 21st birthday.

And after?

Scotland are set to face Ukraine in the semi-finals of the World Cup qualifiers, but the encounter – originally scheduled for March 24 – has been postponed due to Russia’s invasion of the country.

Meanwhile, Poland take on Sweden in their World Cup qualifiers final on Tuesday in a game you can watch live on Sky Sports Football.

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