Poland manager Jerzy Brzeczek believes their 1-1 draw against 10-man Portugal proves they can play well without Robert Lewandowski in the team
The Eagles were made to do without their skipper and record goalscorer in Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League match.
The relegated Poland needed a point to secure their status as a top-10 European side, but fell a goal down in the first-half due to an Andre Silva header.
However, Arkadiusz Milik slotted home a penalty in the 66th-minute to put the Poles back level shortly after Danilo’s red card.
The game ended at 1-1 between the nations with Poland going into pot one of the Euro 2020 qualifying draw.
But it was how Poland coped without Lewandowski, who withdrew with a knee injury, that pleased Brzeczek the most.
“We played a good game,” Brzeczek told TVP Sport.
“We lost a goal quite quickly but we did not lose self-confidence. This is the most important thing, that we did not give up.
“Something important happened: we proved we can play well even without Robert Lewandowski. I am sure it will help us in the future.
“I am also glad of the level of our defence. Again, we proved that without Kamil Glik, another key player, we can do well.
“I am not glad that I have not won any of my six games as Poland coach, but I am sure that this difficult path we are going through will make us stronger.”
Lewandowski has scored 55 goals and added 19 assists in 102 games for Poland.