Poland vs England 1-1 FULL HIGHLIGHTS
The FIFA World Cup qualifier between Poland and England, which was due to be played on Tuesday evening in Warsaw, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
With torrential rain falling in the hours leading up to kick-off rendering the pitch unplayable, officials had no option but to eventually call the game off after a number of inspections.
The Group H match has been rescheduled for Wednesday 17 October at 17.00 local time.
According to Article 19, paragraph 7 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Regulations, the postponed match is to take place on the following day.
Also, both teams may alter their start list as the match had not commenced.
The weather forecast in Warsaw is for some showers on Wednesday, though Roy Hodgson has expressed concern over the time it will take to repair the surface, which was relaid only last week at a cost of £115,000 and was criticised after last Friday’s friendly against South Africa. “I am rather hoping they will get the roof closed as quickly as possible and start to get some work on the pitch because, at the moment, it is in a very poor condition,” England’s manager said. “The water is lying on the surface and will need a lot of attention if it’s going to be playable on Wednesday afternoon.
The Italian referee, Gianluca Rocchi, conducted his own pitch inspection at 9pm – the scheduled kick-off time – throwing a ball nine times into various puddles that had gathered on the turf. “It was pretty obvious early on that the game was not going to be played,” said Hodgson, whose side returned to England’s city centre hotel on Tuesday night to begin preparations once again.
“The referee and Fifa were desperate to give it every opportunity to get the game on. But the referee was aware of the safety of the players and was very conscious he wasn’t going to allow a game to go on if there was any danger. We have to respect that, for the Polish Federation, it’s a disaster. They had a big crowd and there’s a problem in rearranging tickets.” - Dominic Fifield reports from the National Stadium in Warsaw for The Guardian
There is still plenty of concerns that pitch will be playable on Wednesday.
“I’m calling the upset, folks. Now, I know what you’re thinking:
But Tim, Poland has just win against England in 17 matches. Jakub Blaszczykowskiand Wojciech Szczesny are injured and won’t play. Lukasz Piszczek and midfielder Eugen Polanski might not play as well. And the English squad has more talent and depth on the roster.
I can’t deny any of these things. All are true, and all bode ominously for the Polish. What can I tell you?
When it comes to predictions, I like to live dangerously. – WRITES Tim Rapp on BleacherReport.
POLAND : Przemysław Tytoń – Lukasz Piszczek, Marcin Wasilewski, Kamil Glik, Jakub Wawrzyniak – Grzegorz Krychowiak, Eugen Polanski; Pawel Wszolek, Ludovic Obraniak – Kamil Grosicki; Robert Lewandowsk
ENGLAND: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole – James Milner, Tom Cleverley – Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard – Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Defoe.
CHRIS PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals
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