Poland drop chance to qualify to EURO 2024 directly from group


Tomas Soucek of Czechia is challenged by Damian Szymanski of Poland during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Poland and Czechia at PGE Narodowy on November 17, 2023 in Warsaw, Poland. 

Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek cancelled out a first-ha1lf opener by Poland's Jakub Piotrowski to earn an 1-1 away draw in their Euro 2024 Group E qualifier on Friday, with both the Czechs and Moldova still able to seal qualification.

Poland took the lead in the 38th minute through Piotrowski, who netted from close range for his debut goal in his second appearance for the national team.

Midfielder Soucek equalized for Czech Republic after the break with a low shot towards the far post, prompting Poland to search for a winner but despite some good chances, the hosts were unable to regain the lead.

The Czechs are second on 12 points, two points behind leaders Albania -- who qualified with a 1-1 draw away to Moldova earlier on Friday -- and one point ahead of third-placed Poland.

They can seal their eighth successive appearance at the Euro finals on Monday when they host Moldova, in fourth on 10 points, needing at least a draw.

Poland, who played their final qualifying match in their bid to make a fifth consecutive Euro finals, still have a chance to see their fate decided in the playoffs.

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