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Time and again the Poles menaced the Russian goal and it seemed as if they might get that all-important first score. Suddenly in the 18th minute Brychezy passed to Jan Jankowski in front of the Russian goal, and Jankowski was alone in front of the tall Jaschin. Jankowski rushed in, Jaschin hesitated and then started out of goal. In this second Jankowski had a chance for that first goal with what Referee Clugh later described as "an elementary shot." But the excitement was too much for young Jankowski. Instead of waiting for Jaschin to come out further, he shot too quickly, and with a wonderful sideward leap Jaschin smothered the ball on the ground. Here certainly was the negative turning point of the match.
For the next few minutes the Poles continued to press around the Russian goal and the Russians seemed unable to get the ball moving to the other end, although their tightly clustered defense, strongly generaled by Netto, did not allow the Poles, who were attacking four abreast and without the necessary reserve depth, to pester Jaschin with many shots.
But then again another quick play put the ball in front of the Russian goal, and again the fate of his nation was left to the whirling feet of young Jan Jankowski. And again the marvelous Jaschin flung himself full length to hug the ball to his chest.
The Poles had dominated the early part of the first half. Now, in the last 19 minutes, the Russians took over. They began to move the ball toward the Polish goal, but they came upon wonderful individual defenders, particularly Left Back Wozniak, who time and again tackled a Russian and came away, sprinting up field with the ball.
Within three minutes of Jankowski's second goal attempt, the direction and location of play had changed completely. Now the Russians swarmed around the Polish penalty box, passing back and forward quickly and accurately. The feeling that it was only a matter of time hung heavily upon us. And it was so. In the 30th minute Strelzow, visibly limping, shot high and the ball hit the crossbar, bounced straight down and, tragically, onto the back of Goalkeeper Stefaniszyn from where it rolled into the net. The Russians had the first goal; the positive turning point in the game had occurred.
At the beginning of the second half the refreshed Poles attacked with spirit for the first five or six minutes. Fans began to say, "Now they are better again." Twice they made Jaschin leap to save a goal, but then the Russians again took command with a series of long passes-which rammed the ball up against the Polish penalty box. The Russian players were remembering the warning issued after their defeat at Chorzow by the Russian newspaper Sovyetski Sport. At Chorzow they had employed "much too academic a style of playing....Only goals count," had cried Sovyetski Sport, and now the Russians did not fiddle with the ball in midfield; with deadly efficiency they rocketed it into shooting position.
The second goal came in the 80th minute. The Russian center forward, Alekper Mamedew, faked the Polish defense to his left with his shoulder and then went around to his right where he had a clean shot past Stefaniszyn. The Russians led 2 to 0, which was to be the final score.
For the rest of the game the Poles never gave up trying, but they could not break through. A Polish attacker with the ball always seemed to be engulfed by red shirts. "One Pole is always between two Russians," someone muttered in the press box. "Poleska, Poleska," the 110,000 crowd, now pro-Polish, implored. But it was no use.
In the last five minutes the effects of the Russians' almost awesome physical condition began to tell on the Poles. At one time three of them were bent double with cramps, their hands on their knees or on the ground, while not one Russian seemed to be puffing.