Germany beaten by Poland in Jakub Błaszczykowski’s farewell game

Jakub Błaszczykowski. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)
Jakub Błaszczykowski. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Germany’s woes continued on Friday evening, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Poland in former Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Błaszczykowski’s farewell game.

Jakub Błaszczykowski bid farewell to international football on Friday, as he made his 109th and final appearance for the Poland national team. The legendary winger captained Poland and was given an emotional send-off in Warsaw, as his side earned a memorable 1-0 win over Germany in a friendly match.

Błaszczykowski, who enjoyed a stellar career with Borussia Dortmund and helped the club win two Bundesliga titles, was subbed off in the 16th minute as a nod to the no. 16 shirt that he wore for the majority of his career. The 37 year old received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the players as he came off the pitch.

Poland celebrated Jakub Błaszczykowski’s farewell game by claiming a 1-0 win over Germany, with Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior heading home the only goal of the game in the 31st minute.

Germany came close to getting back on level terms on a few occasions. But in the end, they weren’t able to find the back of the net as their poor run of form continued. Hansi Flick’s side have now won just four of their last 15 matches across all competitions, a very worrying streak ahead of next year’s European Championships on home soil.

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can played 90 minutes for Germany on Friday, while Marius Wolf and Julian Brandt came off the bench late on. Nico Schlotterbeck was an unused substitute.