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Energized Austria wins and puts Lewandowski's Poland at risk of elimination from Euro 2024

Austria's Christoph Baumgartner celebrates with Austria's head coach Ralf Rangnick after scoring his side's second goal during a Group D match between Poland and Austria at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

BERLIN (AP) — Austria picked up a crucial win at Euro 2024 by defeating Poland 3-1 in its second group match and leaving the Poles on the brink of elimination on Friday.

Gernot Trauner, Christoph Baumgartner and Marko Arnautovic scored for Austria while Krzysztof Piatek had Poland's first-half equalizer.

To avoid a group stage exit, Poland needs the Netherlands to beat France in a later Group D match on Friday.

Robert Lewandowski, who missed Poland's first match against the Netherlands due to an injury, came on in the second half but failed to make an impact, and was booked after just five minutes on the pitch.

Austria came out blazing and took the lead within 10 minutes when Trauner headed in a cross from Philipp Mwene.

The Poles clawed their way back and leveled just before the half-hour mark, with Piatek slotting in a rebound from close range.

Polish fans roared as their record goal-scorer Lewandowski rose from the bench 15 minutes into the second half to make his Euro 2024 debut, replacing Adam Buksa in the attack. However, the captain had a disappointing evening in Berlin, receiving a yellow card almost immediately after a tough challenge on Philipp Lienhart.

Baumgartner picked up an excellent pass from Alexander Prass to make it 2-1, and this time Poland didn't have the energy to reply.

Arnautovic sealed the win for Austria from the penalty spot after Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny brought down Marcel Sabitzer in the penalty area in the 77th.

Austria, after a loss and a win, next faces the Netherlands on Tuesday.

France awaits two-loss Poland in the final round of the group stage.


AP Euro 2024:

Karl Ritter, The Associated Press

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