Michal Rogalski was one of the keys to victory for Poland. Photo: Mark Phelan
Poland wins the group and clinched play-off spot
Date: 2/15/2018 11:33 AM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

Poland is ready for the quarter-finals as group winners after beating Czech Republic 4-1 in the final tie of the group stage. The losing team is also ready for the knock out stage.

The winner of the group final between Poland and Czech Republic would secure a spot between last eight nations playing for medals in Kazan.

In the first men’s singles Poland got a good start with Michal Rogalski winning in straight games against Adam Mendrek.


- I was more patience than him. I tried not to play flat, because I know he is good in that part of the game. It was an important victory. Also, for me. It is the first time I am the first men’s singles, Michal Rogalski says.

Important victory
In the second men’s singles Adrian Dziolko repeated his victory from Lagos International 2015 against Czech Milan Ludik winning 15-21 21-19 21-17 bringing Poland to a 2-0 lead.

The important victory for Czech Republic came in the third men’s singles. Jan Louda beat Krzysztof Jakowczuk 21-15 21-14.

Gallery: EMWTC18 – Day 3 

The result means that both Czech Republic and Poland would qualify for the knock out stage starting Friday.

Czech history written
It is the first time ever, that Czech Republic qualify for the knock out stage in a senior European Team Championship.

- I am very proud of the team for the work, they have done. We were very close to losing several matches against Portugal and Italy, and we even had to defend several match points, and still we manage to win two times 5-0, which helped us qualify for the quarter-finals, Sports Director of Czech Badminton Federation Pavel Florian says.

Poland won the two men’s doubles winning the tie 4-1. The draw will be conducted Thursday evening after the last session.

See all the results from the 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships here

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