The Poles played the previous official match against Ukraine in May 2022 in Tychy during the World Championships division 1B, where they defeated their neighbor from the east only after penalty kicks (Jakub Bukowski’s goal was decisive, after overtime it was 2:2). Later, both teams faced each other in Marseille, but this match was not included in the official statistics because, for logistical reasons, only some of the Ukrainians arrived there (the Poles won 4:3).
Great opening for the Polish team. Bartosz Fraszko “gave” the goal to his friend
Now, however, the stakes were very high, as it was participation in the 2026 Olympics. The Reds and Whites started Friday’s match well, posing a threat in front of the Ukrainians’ goal, but there was no immediate effect. In the fifth minute, Bartłomiej Jeziorski had a chance, but the Ukrainians intervened generously in their own period and our team’s pressure did not result in a goal. And a few seconds later it happened it’s hot in front of our goalIvan Sysak shot from a good position, but wide of the goal.
In the 8th minute, the Poles broke through the opponent’s defense, and a Bartosz Fraszko was on the scorer’s list. The 28-year-old fired a precise shot from under the blue line and the blocked goalkeeper Bohdan Diaczenko had no chance. For Fraszka it was the sixth goal in the national team. Then Krystian Dziubiński had a chance, our captain received a great pass, was not guarded and made a good shot, but Diaczenko parried the puck very instinctively.
The Poles had more of the game, they were the dominant side and the fans in Sosnowiec were waiting for the second goal, which would give Robert Kalaber’s players more breathing room and peace of mind. Meanwhile, they also had to defend, like seconds before the end of the period, when Miarka did a great job of spreading the fences and preventing the goal from being conceded. This was the moment when he was still in the penalty box for less than half a minute Radosław Galant.
– It seems to me that Kamil Górny changed direction and it’s probably not my goal, but I’ll leave it for analysis. The day before we played a slightly weaker match, we lacked effectiveness, but now we started well, let’s hope it continues. Classically, we lack effectiveness and a cool head, because there were many situations – says Bartosz Fraszko in front of the TVP Sport camera. His words were confirmed by the statistics – the number of shots on goal was 14-4 for the White and Reds.
A difficult second period, a great counterattack and the reliable executioner Marcin Kolusz
Miarka entered the second period well, being on duty, when a mistake quickly appeared in our defensive ranks and the Ukrainians had a chance to lead to a draw. Unfortunately, the rivals quickly documented their advantage, because after three minutes, a The goal scorer was Denis Borodaj. The Ukrainian made a great paddle, changing the puck’s path. It was the first goal conceded by our team in this tournament.
At a good moment, the Poles gained an advantage of one player on the ice when he was fouled Bartłomiej Jeziorskiand he went to the penalty box Yevgeny Fadeev. Then our top five took the field, but unfortunately we did not take advantage of this opportunity. And immediately afterwards, Mateusz Zieliński caused the fall of his rival and the Poles had to defend themselves while weakened. It became dangerous in front of our goal, one of the Ukrainians saw a gap near the post, but Miarka successfully intervened. Unfortunately, barely The punishment for Zieliński ended and Dominik Pasio’s punishment began, who tripped the opponent’s puck carrier, causing him to fall. Fortunately, the team managed to keep a clean sheet for the next four minutes, which should act as an additional incentive for the team.
We then had a break in the game for a few minutes after Vitaly Lialka in the heat of battle with our players He suffered a cut on his eyebrow, from which blood flowed profusely. The situation was analyzed by the referees, but it was classified as an unfortunate event, thanks to which none of the Eagles had to go to the penalty box.
The Ukrainians dominated, but in a very difficult moment for themselves, it was the Poles who launched a deadly counterattack. 39-year-old Marcin Kolusz, who made his 197th appearance in the national team, turned out to be reliable, who made a fantastic shot 6 minutes and 15 seconds before the end of the period. It was the 47th goal of the Polish hockey legend. – One more, one more – the stands immediately jumped up because the Poles got out of a very difficult situation when the initiative belonged to their opponents, but after a difficult twenty minutes the result in this part did not change.
A blow in the third period, everything started again
Unfortunately, the Ukrainians quickly led to a draw in the third period, and Yevhen Ratushny scored the goal. The best defender among the rivals scored from the first puck and everything started again. Once again, we allowed ourselves to be given the initiative, which our rivals mercilessly took advantage of.
In the following minutes, both teams had their chances, some of them very good, but the score was still 2-2. With 3 minutes and 30 seconds before the end it became extremely tense in front of our goal, fortunately our players avoided losing a goal with their sacrifice. Miarka had his hands full and a lot of work to do, Borodaj was just a hair away from a goal, but our gate was violated. The situation was analyzed for a long time, but it ended successfully for the Poles. He stood out strongly among the guests Artur Czołaczcurrently considered the greatest hope of hockey in Ukraine.
In the last seconds, the White and Reds were very nervous, they played for relief and had a ball in their own half. The Ukrainians won it, but Miarka stopped the shot from a sharp angle and both teams went into overtime.
A three-on-three clash does not forgive mistakes, so emotions reached their peak. They were delegated to fight in our ranks at the opening of additional playing time Górny, Fraszko and Pasiut. The opponents had the first chance, but Miarka performed flawlessly, and after a while, a series of two Orłów shots was stopped by Diaczenko. Five minutes of exciting extra time were inconclusive the result of the most important match in this tournament was decided by penalty kicks.
Overtime went to zero, the Ukrainians were wildly happy after the penalty shootout
Dziubiński took the first penalty kick, but things got tense because the referees debated for a long time about the correctness of this goal. Ultimately, they decided that everything was done in accordance with the regulations, and the fans roared with joy. Miarka successfully intervened in response. Fraszko did not increase the lead after Diachenko’s good behavior. Then Miarka did great again, and Wałęga missed. Finally, the Ukrainian representative led to a draw, and then the guests took the lead. Everything depended on Grzegorz Pasiut, who failed to defeat Diaczenka and The road to Milan for our staff has become very long.
On Sunday, on the last day of the competition, Ukraine will play against Estonia Poland with South Korea.
Goals: 1:0 Kamil Górny (8), 1:1 Borodaj (23), 2:1 Marcin Kolusz (34), 2:2 Ratuszny (44), decisive penalty kick: Worona.
Penalties: Poland – 6 minutes; Ukraine – 2 minutes
Poland: Maciej Miarka – Patryk Wajda, Kamil Górnik, Bartosz Fraszko, Patryk Wronka, Grzegorz Pasiut – Bartosz Ciura, Oskar Jaśkiewicz, Dominik Paś, Paweł Zygmunt, Kamil Wałęga – Jakub Wanacki, Paweł Dronia, Marcin Kolusz, Krystian Dziubiński, Bartłomiej Jeziorski – Mateusz Zieliński , Marcin Horzelski, Filip Komorski, Mateusz Michalski, Radosław Galant.