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    Strong Start for Poland at Euro 2024, but Favorites Prevail

    In a thrilling opening match for Poland at Euro 2024, the team faced a formidable opponent in the Netherlands and, despite a valiant effort, succumbed to a 1-2 defeat. The Polish squad, led by coach Michał Probierz, showcased determination and resilience, but the Dutch emerged victorious.

    Entering the tournament, Poland was plagued with significant roster challenges, including the absence of star striker Robert Lewandowski due to a muscle injury. Additionally, Arkadiusz Milik and Karol Świderski were unavailable, forcing Probierz to adapt with a lone striker formation. 

    The match commenced with the Netherlands dominating possession, but Poland gradually found their rhythm. In the 16th minute, Adam Buksa headed in a perfect corner from Piotr Zieliński, giving Poland an early lead. The Dutch quickly responded, with Cody Gakpo levelling the score before halftime. The second half saw relentless Dutch pressure, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny’s outstanding performance kept Poland in the game until Wout Weghorst’s decisive goal in the 83rd minute secured the win for the Netherlands.

    Poland 1:2 Netherlands

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