Germany know there's more to Poland than 'Lewa'

Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:16pm EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

EVIAN, France (Reuters) - World champions Germany have warned that there is more to their biggest Euro 2016 group rivals Poland than Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski.

The Germans, fresh from their impressive 2-0 win over Ukraine, take on their neighbors in Paris on Thursday, knowing the Poles also made a winning start in Group C with a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland.

Poland are led by captain Lewandowski, who scored 13 goals as his country became the highest-scoring team in the qualifiers with 33. They finished second in their qualifying group, a point behind the Germans who they beat for the first time ever.

'Lewa' earned his second Bundesliga top scorer title this season after netting 30 times in the league and securing the domestic league and Cup double with Bayern Munich.

"The Poles are very good opponents but if we pull our game through I am confident we will win," defender Jerome Boateng told reporters.

"But we have to be careful. They have good forwards -- and not just Lewandowski."

The Poland captain did not score in their opening win, with 22-year-old forward Arkadiusz Milik, who also struck six times in the qualifying campaign, grabbing their winner against Northern Ireland.

"They have made a big leap in the past years, many players play abroad and more youngsters are coming up," said Germany's Polish-born forward Lukas Podolski.   Continued...

Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak (R) and Robert Lewandowski during training.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe