Legia Warszawa 3-0 Arka Gdynia

The starting formations.

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Legia Warszawa were indebted to a pair of goalkeeping errors and an incorrectly awarded penalty as they beat a Arka Gdynia side who bossed the game.

Arka manager Dariusz Pasieka started the game with a 4-1-2-2-1 take on the 4-5-1 formation. Michał Płotka was deployed as the defensive midfielder-cum-third centre-back, as Pasieka instructed just three of his players to station themselves offensively. That trio did a decent job of pressing high up the pitch in the first half-hour, forcing Legia’s backline into playing hurried long ball football.

However, Arka were often too passive in possession, and only knew how to attack their opponents on the break. Nevertheless, this tactic delivered a golden opportunity in the 20th minute, but Marcin Budziński fluffed his lines.

Legia, meanwhile, lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation similar to the one used last week against Wisła Kraków. Miroslav Radović played as the left-sided attacker, Maciej Iwański to his immediate right, and on-loan Flamengo man Bruno Mezenga was left to plough a lone furrow up top.

Pasieka has proven in recent seasons that he’s adept at setting his sides up defensively, so it was no surprise to see the visitors nullify the threat posed by the home side. Warszawa couldn’t get close to Arka’s ‘keeper initially, and soon watched on as the visitors eased into the game and monopolised the goal attempts. Continue reading