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Wales v Poland - 2002 World Cup.
Wales (1) 1 Poland (1) 2
Blake 13 Olisadebe 32
Kryazalowicz 72

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Match Report
A vital victory for Poland edged them a little closer to the 2002 World Cup finals. A disappointed Wales side who promised so much in the first half could not match the determined Poles as the group leaders secured the vital 3 points. The game now leaves Wales virtually out of the running for second place and can only leave Mark Hughes to ponder what might have been with other results in the group going are way.

Wales started well and were given the perfect start when Nathan Blake's drove home a left foot drive on 13 minutes. Poland fought back and equalised on 32 minutes through Olisadebe. In the second half Kryszalowicz put the visitors ahead and Wales were never able to reply as Poland held out to comfortably win the game.
Key moments
First half
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Half time score Wales..1 Poland..1
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Full-time score Wales..1 Poland..2

Nine times out of 10 Ryan would have scored that one, but these things happen even to the best players. It was a very disappointing result after the first-half performance when we played as well as we have done in years.  We really had them under pressure at times but when we give away goals like we did, we don't deserve to win. - Mark Hughes on the game.

I don't like to talk about other people's players. We are no angels, but then neither are Wales. -
Poland coach Jerzy Engel.

We are still developing as a team, and it is the best Wales side I have played in for many years. We have improved 100% from where we were a few years ago and we have a terrific manager in Mark Hughes.
- Gary Speed on the team and Mark Hughes.

He has done a fantastic job for Wales even if results don't necessarily show that. - Ryan Giggs on Mark Hughes.

Team line-ups
Wales Poland
1 - Paul Jones
2 - Kit Symons
3 - Darren Barnard
4 - Andy Melville
5 - Robert Page
6 - Mark Pembridge
7 - Robbie Savage
8 - Nathan Blake
9 - John Hartson
10 - Gary Speed
11 - Ryan Giggs

- Matthew Jones
14 - Carl Robinson
15 - Simon Davies
16 - Iwan Roberts
17 - Stephen Jenkins
18 - Jason Koumas
21 - Darren Ward
1 - T Dudek
2 - T Ktos
3 - J Bak
4 - M Zewtakow
5 - A Bak
6 - T Hajto
7 - M Kozminski
8 - T Iwan
9 - A Juskowiak
10 - T Zdebel
11 - E Olisadebe

- R Majden
13 - T
14 - M Zewlakow
15 - P Kryszalowicz
16 - G Pater
17 - M
18 - J

Match details
Half-time 1-1
Full-time 1-2
Date 02.06.2001
Kick off 3.00pm
Venue Millennium Stadium
City / town Cardiff
Attendance 48,500
Referee Erol Erosy, Turkey

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