GV Poland kicks from corner, play in forward half, Szarmach heads goal, embraces other players. (4 SHOTS)
SV Smolarek runs ball upfield and scores goal, then runs off with arms raised. (2 SHOTS)
GV East Germany play at goal mouth, fail to score. (2 SHOTS)
GV East German player gets fouled and wins penalty.
GV Schnuphase scores goal from penalty. (2 SHOTS)
GV Smolarek plays ball upfield and kicks goal.
GV East Germans kick ball to goal mouth Streich kicks goal. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soccer... and Poland ensured a place at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain on Saturday (10 October) when they beat East Germany three to two before 85,000 fans in Leipzig. The home defeat means that East Germany now have no hope of qualifying.
The Poles in the red shirts, made a sensational start. From a first minute corner they took the lead when veteran defender Andrzej Szarmach headed home. It was the his thirty-second goal in 59 internationals for Poland.
The home side soon went further behind. Wlodzimierez Smolarek raced clear of the East German defenders to score a fine individual goal which obviously delighted his teammates. Poland held on to their two goal lead until half time.
East Germany began the second half with far greater resolve and layed siege to the visitors goal. They had to win to retain any hope for qualifying for Spain and their pressure paid off when they were awarded a penalty.
Schnuphase scored at reduce the deficit.
However Poland soon restored their two goal when Smolarek again broke upfield to score. The East Germans were so committed to attack that their defence was exposed by the fast Polish forwards.
The home side continued to attack however and were rewarded when Joachim Streich pulled back another and despite some desperate late attacks East Germany failed to level the score.