Football: Poland `must win' Sweden game

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The Independent Online
ENGLISH EYES will be looking towards Chorzow tonight where Poland, their victims at Wembley last Saturday, must beat Sweden or abandon hope of winning automatic qualification for Euro 2000 from Group Five.

Sweden have a perfect haul of nine points from three games, with the Poles on six. If Sweden win they will go six points clear of England, having played the same number of games.

Yesterday Poland's coach, Janusz Wojcik, said: "We are playing at home and we must win." The defeat against England was their first loss in 10 games under Wojcik, who took over as coach last year.

Poland will be without the defender Tomasz Hajto, who earned his second yellow card of the group at Wembley, and the striker Sylwester Czereszewski.

Tommy Soderberg, Sweden's coach, is likely to play the same team that beat Luxembourg 2-0 on Saturday and is expecting Poland to attack from the start. "I am sure Poland will make it an onslaught," he said. "They want to show that the loss against England last week was an accident."

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