Southampton defender Jan Bednarek got a start for Poland in their opening match of the Euros against Slovakia and came away with a loss.
In what was a disappointing match for a Polish team that were favorites in the match, Jan Bednarek played well and even had a few opportunities to score for his nation.
They lost 2-1 in what would be considered a letdown against a squad that was not playing a true striker. Unlike themselves who have arguably the best striker in the world playing for them.
Poland were playing in a hybrid formation against Slovakia. They had 4 in the back on defense and shifted to 3 in the back on attack.
Southampton’s Bednarek had 75 accurate passes in the match and hit a few long balls that club teammate Jannik Vestergaard would have been proud of.
In the dying moments of the match, the centre-back found the ball at his feet just outside the 6 yard box with a chance to level it. He, unfortunately, snatched his shot just inches wide and collapsed to the turf in disappointment. It would have been a massive point for Poland who played down a man for around 30 minutes.
Poland are now up against it if the wish to advance to the knockout rounds and will take on a tough Spain side this Saturday.
Jan Bednarek is a staple in the back and will likely continue to play throughout this tournament. Hopefully, he and his teammates can put together two results in the coming week and continue their run in the Euros.