Poland looking to rediscover their goalscoring mojo

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Poland are looking to get their goalscoring mojo back after a disappointing return so far in its Euro 2016 campaign.

Three cleans sheets have helped the Poles into the last 16 despite them hitting a meagre two goals in three games.

It marks a stark contrast to the qualifying campaign in which Poland were the highest scorers, hitting 33 goals in 10 games.

The biggest surprise has been the form of striker Robert Lewandowski, the prolific frontman hit 13 goals in qualifying, but has so far failed to find the back of the net in France.

Lewandowski’s next chance will be against Switzerland in Saint Etienne on Saturday, but Poland coach Adam Nawalka is not concerned.

“That Lewandowski hasn’t scored yet is not a problem whatsoever,” Nawalka said after the group stage.

“He is doing a lot of hard work and has had a big influence on our wins and how we have played – he’s incredibly important for us,” he added.

“He’s a player who can help us. He plays in a supportive way throughout. It’s just a matter of time for him, he’s creating a lot of chances, and I think he’ll score in the next match.”

That may be easier said than done, however, as the Swiss have also kept it tight at the back, conceding just one goal in their three games, and that was a penalty against Romania. 

Like the Polish defence, Switzerland’s goalkeeper Jurgen Sommer and centre backs Fabian Schaer and Johan Djourou have also had an excellent tournament so far, so things are unlikely to prove as straightforward for Lewandowski as Nawalka thinks.