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Oct 14, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​National Stadium
Poland
2-2
Scotland
Maczynski (12'), Milik (76')
Krychowiak (60'), Mila (83')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Maloney (18'), Naismith (57')
Greer (86')

Match Analysis: Poland 2-2 Scotland

Sports Mole analyses the 2-2 draw between Poland and Scotland in their Group D Euro 2016 qualifier.

Poland needed a late equaliser to share a 2-2 draw with Scotland in their Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the National Stadium in Warsaw this evening.

Krzysztof Maczynski had given the home side the lead in the first half before goals from Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith turned it around for Gordon Strachan's side.

However, Arkadiusz Milik fired the ball in late on to ensure that both sides finished with a point, leaving Poland at the top of the group.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the result:

Match statistics

Poland
Shots: 13
On target: 7
Possession: 50%
Corners: 7
Fouls: 13

Scotland
Shots: 7
On target: 5
Possession: 50%
Corners: 2
Fouls: 9

Was the result fair?

Poland will probably feel that they should have won it late on after they created a string of chances in the final 10 minutes, but they spent almost 20 minutes pushing for an equaliser earlier in the second half, and could have found themselves two goals down moments before they levelled the scores when Shaun Maloney forced a save. Poland looked stretched on the counter-attack, though, as both of Scotland's goals came against the run of play. On the whole the draw is probably the right result.

Poland's performance

Poland made a bright start to the match, resulting in them taking the lead, but they were vulnerable on the counter-attack, with both of Scotland's goals coming while the hosts seemed to be well on top. The team rallied well in the final 15 minutes as they got back on level terms and then tried to force a late winner, but with the number of shots they had in the final moments, they will feel that they should have done better. The home team attacked well throughout the match, but could have been stronger at the back to limit Scotland's chances further.

Scotland's performance

It looked like it would be a difficult night for the visitors early on when they fell behind, but they soon showed that they were dangerous on the counter-attack. At the back, Scotland came under pressure often, particularly in the final 15 minutes, and while Alan Hutton will be disappointed that his mistake led to the first goal, they held on superbly in the final moments. Their only disappointment was that they conceded late to end their chances of clinching the win, but quickly gathered themselves to defend superbly against a late onslaught from the home side.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Arkadiusz Milik: The Poland striker was involved in the build-up to the first goal, as it was his ball in that Hutton failed to clear, setting up Krzysztof Maczynski for a powerful strike from the edge of the box. Later on, his stunning finish from the centre of the box got the home side back on level terms after they had been behind for almost 20 minutes to secure the point for Poland.

Biggest gaffe

Alan Hutton will be keen to forget his involvement in Poland's first goal. The defender was facing a simple clearance after Milik had a shot for the hosts, but he sent it straight to Maczynski to leave Scotland a goal down.

Referee performance

Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco did not have too many big decisions to make. He probably missed a foul on Robert Lewandowski in the first half when Steven Whittaker caught him with his studs up on the shin, but otherwise it is hard to criticise the official this evening.

What next?

Poland: The Group D leaders will travel to Georgia for their next qualifier on November 14.

Scotland: On the same night that Poland face Georgia, Scotland will be hosting their much-anticipated clash with the Republic of Ireland.

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Scotland's players react after Steven Naismith scored a goal against Poland during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match Poland vs Scotland in Warsaw, Poland on October 14, 2014
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