Poland Match 6 Northern Ireland 12 June 2016 18:00 Allianz Riviera, Nice

Poland 1 - 0 Northern Ireland
12 Jun 2016 - 18:00Allianz Riviera, Nice

The top scorers in qualifying, Poland will look to get off to a positive start in UEFA EURO 2016 Group C against finals debutants Northern Ireland.

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Previous meetings
• Poland have had marginally the worse of the sides’ nine meetings: W3 D2 L4. In competitive games, Northern Ireland’s record against Poland is W3 D1 L2.

• The nations have not met in the UEFA European Championship since 1962, when Northern Ireland won two qualifiers against Poland in the space of seven weeks – 2-0 in Chorzow and 2-0 again in Belfast.

• It took Poland 42 years to exact their competitive revenge, triumphing in both 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, after which they progressed as section runners-up behind England. Maciej Żurawski scored in both games as Poland prevailed 3-0 in Belfast and 1-0 in Warsaw.

• Northern Ireland were back in charge for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, winning 3-2 at home and drawing 1-1 away, Kyle Lafferty opening the scoring in Chorzow. Neither team made it to the finals in South Africa.

All Lewandowski’s goals in qualifying

EURO facts – Poland
• Poland are appearing at their third successive EURO final tournament, but have yet to make it through the group stage – or win a game: W0 D3 L3.

• Poland’s greatest success on the international stage to date is winning bronze medals at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup finals.

• Poland’s Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer in qualifying with 13 goals, matching a competition record set by Northern Ireland’s David Healy in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.

• Poland scored 33 goals in qualifying – two more than their nearest rivals, England.

• Adam Nawałka’s side kick off Group C unbeaten in three competitive matches (W2 D1).

• Poland midfielder Sebastian Mila celebrates his 34th birthday on 10 July – the day of the UEFA EURO 2016 final.

Northern Ireland’s best qualifying goals

EURO facts – Northern Ireland
• Northern Ireland are featuring at their first EURO. They have not played at a major final tournament since bowing out of the 1986 World Cup at the group stage.

• Northern Ireland’s greatest achievement to date is reaching the last eight of the 1958 World Cup finals, losing 4-0 to France in Norrkoping, Sweden.

• Michael O’Neill’s charges’ record in qualifying was W6 D3 L1 – they come to the finals unbeaten in six competitive fixtures (W3 D3).

• Northern Ireland played twice in Nice in the 1951 FIFA Youth Tournament Under-18, losing 2-1 to Yugoslavia and 1-0 to Belgium.

Coach and player links
• Have played together:
Artur Boruc (Poland) and Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland) – Celtic, 2009–10
Artur Boruc (Poland) and Paddy McCourt (Northern Ireland) – Celtic, 2008–10
Artur Boruc (Poland) and Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) – Southampton, 2012–14

• The game is taking place on Poland forward Artur Sobiech’s 26th birthday, and the day after defender Tomasz Kędziora turns 22.

• Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans scored his first international goal in the 3-2 victory against Poland in Belfast in March 2009.

•The four encounters between the nations’ clubs in UEFA competition have ended in three Polish wins and a draw. Most recently, Wisła Kraków beat Glentoran 6-0 on aggregate in 2002/03 UEFA Cup qualifying.

Previous meetings

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
05/09/09 QR (GS) Poland – Northern Ireland 1-1 Chorzow Lewandowski 80; K. Lafferty 38
28/03/09 QR (GS) Northern Ireland – Poland 3-2

Belfast Feeney 10, J. Evans 47; Jeleń 27, Żewłakow 62 (og), Saganowski 90+1

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
30/03/05 QR (GS) Poland – Northern Ireland 1-0

Warsaw Żurawski 87
04/09/04 QR (GS) Northern Ireland – Poland 0-3

Belfast Żurawski 4, Włodarczyk 37, Krzynówek 57

1964 UEFA European Championship

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
28/11/62 PR Northern Ireland – Poland 2-0

agg: 4-0
Belfast Crossan 8, Bingham 63
10/10/62 PR Poland – Northern Ireland 0-2

Chorzow Dougan 17, Humphries 54