Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Senegal @ Poland by AndyB

FIFA

Senegal (V) vs. Poland (H)

Spartak Stadium
Moscow


Tuesday Jun 19,2018 11:00 AM ET

Post Game Analysis by AndyB for Poland

Post Game Report Card

Overall Performance
Overall Team Grade
C  
 
Execution
C  
 
Offensive Play
C+  
 
Defensive Effectiveness
B+  
 
Player of the Match
Grzegorz Krychowiak  
 
Overall Match Quality
No Opinion  
 
Overall Game Assessment
Poland has a tendency to come out weak in their opening matches. They showed some flashes early and looked like they had Senegal on their heels early. Senegal came back a bit, but really benefited most from Poland's mistakes - first the own goal and then the disastrous lapse on Niang coming back in on a lackadaisical back pass. Poland seemed to have the better of play in the middle third of the field, but for as much as they controlled the midfield, they failed to mount meaningful pressure. Lewandowski was quiet for the most part - unable to find space.
Unit Performance
Coaching
Game Strategy
B+  
 
Overall Preparedness
B+  
 
Lineup & Substitutions
C+  
 
In-Game Management
C+  
 
Coaching Comments
 
 
Offensive Performance
Generating Scoring Opportunities
D  
 
Finishing
D  
 
Corner Kicks
C+  
 
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
B+  
 
Controlling Tempo/Possession
A+  
 
Generating Pressure
C  
 
Offense Comments
They were fine int he middle third and breakout, but they just did not know what to do in the attacking third. They needed to play it into Lewandowski - where he is at his best. Instead, his best chances came from bringing it int0 the attacking third himself. He had one good opportunity to do so, but, it was just not enough. Poland needs more playmakers to create those opportunities.
Defensive Performance
Goalkeeping
B  
 
Executing Defensive Game Plan
B+  
 
Controlling Offensive Pressure
B+  
 
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
C  
 
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
A  
 
Transition/Counterattack
B+  
 
Defense Comments
The biggest gaffe on the day was the lackadaisical pass back that Niang stole and put in for the game winner. It was an embarrassing play - and regardless of whether the substitution should have been allowed - it was a mental lapse for sure. Even if the defender thought he GK was coming out for it, it was still a good 35-40 yards out, so not an easy ball to get too. It is a shame as Poland did a very good job otherwise in controlling the Senegali attack - outside of the own goal and breakdown.
Midfield Play
Maintaining Possession
A  
 
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
C  
 
Defensive Support & Transition
A-  
 
Controlling Tempo
A-  
 
Midfield Comments
The midfield was the strength of the game for Poland. They were strong in possession, but lacked purpose in the attack.
Player Performance
No Players Records