INTRODUCTION: The Polish national soccer team beat All-Japan two-nil on Sunday (25 January) in the opening match of a four-game goodwill series in Japan.
GV Tokyo National Stadium, ZOOM IN TO GV Poland (white shirts, dark shorts, kicking left to right) attacking down right wing, gentle half-shot gathered by Japanese keeper as crowd watch. (2 SHOTS)
GV Japan down left wing, number 11 trying to break through, passes to No. 12, whose cross to right is cleared by Poland's No.4 as crowd watches.
GV Poland attack, and Kazimierz Buda scores with long shot ZOOM IN TO and Polish team members celebrating.
SV Poland attack into Japanese penalty area, short pass to No.7, whose shot goes wide.
GV Poland's Jaroslaw Nowicki dribbling into penalty area and Poland's second goal scored.
GV Scoreboard showing Poland's two goals.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Poles were due to play their second match in Tokushima, in south western Japan, on Tuesday (27 January).
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Polish national soccer team beat All-Japan two-nil on Sunday (25 January) in the opening match of a four-game goodwill series in Japan. The Poles scored both goals in the first half of the match, held before 6,000 spectators in Tokyo's National Stadium.
SYNOPSIS: This was the second time a Polish squad has visited Japan. Their Youth team made a tour here two years ago. The visitors were quick to display their skills.
The Japanese a demonstrated the strengths of their game -- deft ball control, agility and speed moving into position. But these weren't enough against a team whose members have plenty of time together to develop their defensive moves.
Poland's first goal came in the 29th minute, Kazimierz Buda scoring with a long shot.
Shortly afterwards, Poland could have had another, but the finishing did not match the build-up.
But 20-year-old Jaroslaw Nowicki was more efficient, dribbling into the penalty area, beating two defenders and slipping the ball past the goalkeeper's right hand.