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In a high-stakes futsal showdown, Poland’s national team rallied to defeat Ukraine 3-2 in a pivotal qualifier. The victory came at a crucial juncture in their World Cup qualification campaign, as a loss would have severely jeopardized their chances of advancing to the tournament. The team, coached by Błażej Korczyński, had previously topped their group in the initial phase of the qualifiers.
Poland’s journey in the second phase of Group B got off to a rocky start with a 1-2 defeat to Serbia. Facing the formidable Ukrainian squad, semifinalists in the last European Championship, the odds seemed stacked against the Polish side. However, they showcased their resilience by bouncing back from a 0-2 deficit. Tomasz Kriezel’s quick response goal and an unfortunate own goal by Ukraine’s goalkeeper, Tsypun, just before halftime, reset the match.
The turning point came in the 34th minute when Michał Marek netted a stunning long-range goal, sealing a crucial victory for Poland. This win allowed them to leapfrog Ukraine in the group standings based on direct match results. In the group’s other match, Serbia managed only a 3-3 draw against Belgium, further favoring Poland’s position.
With four more matches to go, including two against Belgium and return fixtures against Serbia and Ukraine, Poland remains in contention for a World Cup spot. The top teams in each group and the four best second-place teams will earn qualification, making every match crucial for the determined Polish squad.