Poland 1 England 1
The match went to and fro during the early stages of the first half of the tie with both of the teams struggling to find any proper rhythm in their attacking play. But as the hard fought match wore on, Waldemar Fornalik´s men started to put more pressure on Roy Hodgson´s side. Wayne Rooney nonetheless managed to score the opener against the run of play when the Manchester United forward headed a well taken corner-kick by Liverpool playmaker Steven Gerrard into the back of the net in the 31st minute. England almost doubled their lead in the 69th minute of action when Manchester United´s Danny Welbeck chased down a clever ball on the left side of the area from Manchester City midfield motor James Milner and played it back to Rooney who powered his shot just a few inches over the crossbar. Only one minute later, however, Torino´s Kamil Glik managed to head a dangerous corner from Bordeaux midfielder Ludovic Obraniak past Joe Hart in the England goal and into the net to level things out at the packed £400 million National Stadium in Warzaw.
Even though Joe Hart was mostly to blame for the goal as the Manchester City shot stopper failed to clear the ball, he was not helped much by the defenders. The Polish players pushed hard for a winner as the World Cup Qualifier wore on and with as little as ten minutes left on the clock of Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi, Turin defender Kamil Glik nearly netted his second goal of the evening, only to see his powerful header going over the crossbar. The White and Reds continued to challenge the overworked England defence as the game fizzled out, but the back four kept their concentration to ensure that the visiting team went home with an important point in the bag. All in all, it was an entertaining match despite the playing conditions and a fully deserved draw for The Three Lions who now could look forward to their upcoming fixtures with a much greater degree of confidence. Poland Team: Przemyslaw Tyton, Lukasz Piszczek, Marcin Wasilewski, Kamil Glik, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Ludovic Obraniak, Eugen Polanski, Pawel Wszolek, Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Grosicki. Substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Lukasz Skorupski, Marcin Komorowski, Damien Perquis, Grzegorz Wojtkowiak, Ariel Borysiuk, Adrian Mierzejewski, Rafal Murawski, Waldemar Sobota, Arkadiusz Milik, Arkadiusz Piech, Artur Sobiech. England Team: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe. Substitutes: Fraser Forster, John Ruddy, Kyle Walker, Ryan Shawcross, Danny Welbeck, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Adam Johnson, Aaron Lennon, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jonjo Shelvey, Andy Carroll.