Joshua Kimmich captained Germany for the seventh time in Poland. - © Getty Images
Joshua Kimmich captained Germany for the seventh time in Poland. - © Getty Images

Germany fall to narrow friendly defeat in Poland


Germany were beaten 1-0 by Poland in an international friendly in Warsaw on Friday.

As it happened!

1 - 0

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International National Stadium, Warsaw

Full-time: Poland 1-0 Germany

Germany created a massive number of chances in Warsaw, but weren't able to find the net and were narrowly beaten in the friendly. Next up for Hansi Flick's side is Colombia in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.
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Brandt curls a shot wide

The chances keep on coming, just as they have right throughout the second half. They are still not going in, however.

Five minutes of stoppage time indicated

Still time for an equaliser?

Szczesny denies Germany again!

What an incredible goalkeeping performance it has been from the veteran Polish shot stopper. This time he saves a headed Goretzka effort sent on target from a corner.

Wolf almost levels!

Seconds after coming onto the pitch, Marius Wolf sends a powerful header down onto the target, but Szczesny scrambles a save on the goal line!

Time running out

There have been enough chances to win this match, but Poland are dropping right back and doing everything to cling onto what would be a valuable win for them.

Brandt whips free-kick in

A dangerous delivery from the right from the Dortmund attacker, but Milik heads it well clear.

Poland threaten on the break

Frankowski fluffs an opportunity on the edge of the box on a quick attack.

Thiaw denied

That would have made for a dream debut! Rüdiger nods a Kimmick free-kick floated to the far post into the centre, and Thiaw twists and delivers a powerful shot that Szczesny saves well.

Rüdiger for Havertz

The defender plays an intelligent chip over the defence, but Havertz can't quite get to it.

Gosens volleys

The ball falls to the second-half substitute just outside the box from a corner. He volleys into Szczesny's hands.

Wirtz over

That makes for 19 shots for Germany so far - but they are still searching for their first goal of the night.

Kimmich free-kick

The Bayern man hits it into the wall from 20 metres out, before Havertz draws a diving save from Szczesny.

Good defending from the new boy

Malick Thiaw stops Milik on a dangerous break with a comprehensive challenge.

Germany pushing

The second-half performance has been a marked improvement, and the visitors can count themselves unfortunate not to have scored yet.

VAR check - penalty overturned

Bednarak had little chance of getting his arms out of the way from Rüdiger's header, and the referee chalks off the spot kick after a quick VAR consultation.

Penalty to Germany!

The referee points to the spot after Bednerak handles the ball.

Kimmich cracks a shot over

The Bayern Munich stalwart lines up a shot 20 metres out. We know he can find the net from there, but it zips over this time.

Havertz hits wide

The ball is crossed to the former Leverkusen attacker and he volleys wide.

Germany come again

The hosts have 12 shots to Poland's three now and have noticeably upped the tempo at the start of the second period.

Kimmich rattles bar

A positive start to the second half for Germany sees substitute Robin Gosens draw a save and Joshua Kimmich smash a shot from outside the box into the crossbar moments later.

Gosens on

The Inter Milan full-back is brought on for Hofmann, while Poland also make a change with Linetty on for S. Szymanski.

Back in action

The friendly international is back underway in the Polish capital after a few half-time substitutions.

Half-time: Poland 1-0 Germany

It has been every bit the expected test for Germany in Warsaw, and the hosts are in front thanks to Kiwior's header. The challenge for Germany now is to mount a comeback in the second 45!

Three minutes of stoppage time indicated

Hansi Flick might be already pondering how to boost his side's fortunes in the second period.

Henrichs and Can have a go

The Leipzig man has a shot on the edge of the box blocked moments before the Dortmund midfielder fires over from a similar position.

Confident hosts

The opening goal has boosted Poland, and they threaten yet again from a corner. They look just as likely to score as Germany right now.

Poland threaten again from a corner

Lewandowski gets a head to Zielinski's delivery this time, but it doesn't hit the target.

Wirtz wins the ball high up

The Leverkusen youngster cuts the ball back to Henrichs inside the box, who tries to find Havertz, but his pass is cleared.

Havertz almost levels

So close to an immediate answer! Kai Havertz bursts through on goal and tries to direct a shot past Szczesny. The Poland keeper smashes the ball into Bednarek, and it could have bounced anywhere, but the hosts end up getting a goal kick.

Germany behind

Jakub Kiwior heads a Zielinski corner into the ground and straight past Ter Stegen. How can Germany respond?

Jakub Kiwior



Havertz denied

A good shooting opportunity opens up for Kai Havertz on the edge of the box, and Szczesny gets down well to save. Can ends up sliding the ball right across the goal line from the resulting corner, via a Polish defender, before another home defender clears.

Good spell of possession

The men in black have been moving the ball around on the edge of the box very well. They still need to find ways to work it into the danger area and create concrete opportunities, though.

Kehrer effort

The German defender takes aim from about 20 metres out, but sends his drive bouncing into the hands of Szczesny. The game is opening up all of a sudden.

Chance for Poland

Kaminski breaks behind the defence on the left and draws a save from Ter Stegen from a tight angle. The ball loops out to Lewandowski, who smashes wide.

Henrichs gets in the channel

The Leipzig player delivers a dangerous pull-back from the side of the box, but Poland can clear.

Goodbye, Kuba

The Poland and Dortmund legend takes off his captain's armband, bows to a stadium showing raucous appreciation, departs to applause from his team-mates and greets his family in the tunnel. A touching moment for a man who graced the German game for many years.

Thiaw holds off Blaszczykowski

A ball is floated behind the Germany defence for the former Dortmund man, who is being played as a striker on his farewell appearance, to chase. Germany debutant Thiaw runs back and is faster to the ball though.

Through ball for Hofmann

It's a neat pass, but the Gladbach man can't reach it - he may have been standing slightly offside too.

Germany controlling the ball

The visitors have had 68 percent possession so far and are trying to work the ball behind the well-staffed Polish defence.

Rüdiger seeks Havertz

The Real Madrid defender chips a ball over the Poland defence for the Chelsea attacker to chase, but Szczesny gets there first.

Gentle start

Both sides have taken turns passing the ball around well amid the somewhat festive atmosphere, but there have been no attacks yet.

And we're off!

Kick-off in a very noisy national stadium in Warsaw!

The national anthems are sounding

As you no doubt know, that means kick-off is imminent.

They're warming up

The Polish players are out with #kuba16 t-shirts on, reflecting the festive farewell they are preparing to give to a national (and Bundesliga) legend.

Time for testing

Hansi Flick has addressed a question about Germany's new three-man defence to the national broadcaster after his side conceded three to Ukraine. "We wanted to use June to test the back three, and it's normal that we would still have some problems with it," he said. Everything is about getting ready for next summer, and Euro 2024 on home soil, after all.

Kuba set for honourable early exit

As mentioned previously, tonight's match will feature a special tribute and final 109th international appearance for Kuba Blaszczykowski. The former Dortmund stalwart is set to be substituted off to a rousing reception in the 16th minute of the game (reflecting his favoured shirt number, 16).

Thiaw debut

21-year-old defender Malick Thiaw is making his first international appearance for Germany tonight. The former Schalke player is currently at AC Milan.

More on that Germany team

Hansi Flick has well and truly mixed things up, making nine changes to the side that started the 3-3 draw against Ukraine on Monday. As it's a friendly against a team regularly at major tournaments, it represents a great chance for the coach to try out a few different players and ideas!

Poland subs

Dragowski, Skorupski, Frankowski, Wieteska, Wisniewski, Bielik, Lederman, Legowski, Linetty, Skoras, Slisz, Zalewski, Milik, Swiderski

Germany starting XI

ter Stegen - Kehrer, Thiaw, Rüdiger - Hofmann, Can, Kimmich (c), Henrichs - Wirtz, Musiala - Havertz

Germany subs

Leno, Trapp, Ginter, Raum, Schlotterbeck, Brandt, Goretzka, Gosens, Gündogan, Sané, Wolf, Füllkrug

Poland starting XI

Szczesny - Bereszynski, Bednarek, Kedziora, Kiwior - Blaszczykowski (c), Zielinski, D. Szymanski, Kaminski - S. Szymanski, Lewandowski

Farewell to Kuba

Former Borussia Dortmund legend Kuba Blaszczykowski (right) is to be given an official farewell from the Polish international team in the friendly, four years after his last appearance for them. He is expected to see a few minutes of action and spend the rest of the game on the bench.

Gündogan to be rested

Hansi Flick indicated ahead of the clash that Ilkay Gündogan will not appear in order to give the midfielder a rest following his victorious appearance in the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul at the weekend.

Fresh blood but one very familiar face

Santos has decided not to call up the experienced trio of Kamil Glik, Gregorz Krychowiak and Kamil Grosicki in order to give his Poland side a new direction. He continues to call upon former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski, however.

Mixed start for new Poland boss

Fernando Santos, who took Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, succeeded Czeslaw Michniewicz as Poland coach after the World Cup. Poland lost 3-1 to the Czech Republic in his first game in charge, but he followed that up with a 1-0 win at home to Albania.

Glut of goals

If you go back to last winter's World Cup, Germany have rattled in an impressive 11 goals in their past four international matches. They have conceded eight in the same period, however.

One year to go

Euro 2024 is to start on 14 June 2024 in Munich. While that gives us all a festival of football to look forward to, it provides Hansi Flick with extra motivation to fine tune his Germany national team with the countdown to the big tournament at home running.

Match number 1,001

The 3-3 draw with Ukraine was Germany's 1,000th international game. They have won 578 of those, drawn 208 and lost 214.

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Flick to continue with three-man rearguard

Asked after the final whistle blew against Ukraine on Monday whether he would stick with his desire to test playing with three at the back, head coach Hansi Flick was resolute in his answer: "We have a plan with regard to that and we're going to follow through with it. It requires movement patters and habits that you only acquire through training and playing matches. We're going to work on that, as well as the things we didn't do so well."

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Head to head

Germany have the upper hand historically in this fixture, having won 13 of the 21 meetings to date, spread across friendlies, World Cups, European Championships and qualifying campaigns. The most recent encounter was exactly seven years to the day prior to this one, a 0-0 draw played out at the 2016 EURO in Paris. No members of the current squad took to the field that day, although Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Emre Can, Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane were all unused substitutes.

Hello and welcome!

Thank you for joining us for build-up and live match coverage of the second of Germany's three summer friendlies, this time against Poland and with a fixture against Colombia completing the calendar for Hansi Flick's side on Tuesday 20 June.


Already assured of their place at the UEFA 2024 Euros as tournament hosts, Germany shared six goals with Ukraine this past Monday in their first of three summer friendlies. Despite taking an early lead through Borussia Dortmund wide man Marius Wolf, Hansi Flick’s side needed two late goals to rescue a draw in the decorated nation’s 1,000th international fixture. Substitute Kai Havertz scored one of them before winning the penalty for the other, earning a start in the Polish capital for his efforts. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen), Emre Can (Dortmund), Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig) and Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach) are the Bundesliga-based changes to the Ukraine draw. Bayern midfield general Kimmich retains his place, though, captaining his country for the seventh time. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Thilo Keher (West Ham United) and Malick Thiaw (AC Milan) also get the nod.

Lewandowski carries Poland’s hopes of joining Germany at next summer’s Euros. LewanGOALski struck 344 times in 375 games for Bayern, as well as 103 in 187 appearances for Dortmund. The goals continued to flow in his debut season in Barcelona colours, the 34-year-old’s 23 La Liga efforts helping the Catalans end a four-year wait for Spanish football’s top prize. What is set to be Lewandowski’s 141st international cap will only be Fernando Santos’ third game as head coach. Portugal’s 2016 Euro-winning mastermind has overseen a 3-1 defeat to Czech Republic and narrow win over Albania to date and will be determined to keep morale high ahead of Poland’s next Euro 2024 qualifier with Moldova on 20 June. Wolfsburg’s Jakub Kaminski is the only Bundesliga-based played in the squad, but Santos does hand former Dortmund and Wolfsburg winger Jakub Blaszczykowski one final start - as captain. The 37-year-old – who played alongside Lewandowski in Jürgen Klopp’s 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga title-winning ensemble – recently announced his decision to retire from international football.

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Match stats

  • Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s record non-German scorer (312 goals in 384 games).
  • Leon Goretzka, Kimmich and Musiala, as well as Lewandowski, were part of the Bayern team that Flick led to a 2019/20 continental treble. Leroy Sane then joined the crew as the record champions made it an unprecedented sextuple.
  • Niclas Füllkrug finished 2022/23 as the Bundesliga’s joint-top scorer on 16 goals, level with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.
  • Musiala scored 12 Bundesliga goals in 2022/23. Only Serge Gnabry – currently sidelined by an ankle injury – hit more for Bayern (14).
  • Flick has won 12 of his first 22 matches as Germany coach (D7, L3).
  • Blaszczykowski made 235 Bundesliga appearances between 2007 and 2019, producing 28 goals and 46 assists.


Poland: Szczesny - Bereszynski, Bednarek, Kedziora, Kiwior - Blaszczykowski (c), Zielinski, D. Szymanski, Kaminski - S. Szymanski, Lewandowski

Subs: Dragowski, Skorupski, Frankowski, Wieteska, Bielik, Lederman, Legowski, Linetty, Skoras, Slisz, Zalewski, Milik, Swiderski

Out: Cash (fitness), Reca (knee)

Coach: Fernando Santos

Germany: ter Stegen - Kehrer, Thiaw, Rüdiger - Hofmann, Can, Kimmich (c), Henrichs - Wirtz, Musiala - Havertz

Subs: Leno, Trapp, Ginter, Schlotterbeck, Brandt, Goretzka, Gosens, Gündogan, Sane, Wolf, Füllkrug

Out: Klostermann (thigh), Schade (muscular), Werner (ankle)

Coach: Hansi Flick