Derby County winger Kamil Jozwiak made an immediate impact for the Poland national team on Thursday night as they came from behind to draw 3-3 with Hungary in Budapest in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The 22-year-old was named as a substitute and watched from the sidelines as Hungary raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of an early strike from Roland Sallai, whilst Ádám Szalai extended their advantage early in the second half.
Poland boss Paulo Sousa, who was managing his side for the first time following his recent appointment, made a triple substitution before the hour mark in a bid to rescue a result from the game.
Jozwiak was one of those brought on and made an instant impact as he provided the cross for fellow substitute Krzysztof Piątek to reduce the arrears a minute after his introduction.
And the comeback was complete a minute later as Jozwiak scored his second goal for his country.
The Rams winger was played through on goal and kept his nerve to roll the ball into the corner and equalise for Sousa’s side.
Poland would fall behind again with just over 10 minutes of the game remaining as Hungary retook the lead, however, Jozwiak was once again involved as Sousa’s side found an equaliser for a second time.
He played a neat one-two on the right-hand side with Bartosz Bereszyński who crossed for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to score as the game ended 3-3.
Poland are on home soil next up as they host Andorra at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw on Sunday 28th March (7:45pm kick off), with Jozwiak pushing to start.
Rams goalkeeper David Marshall was also in action for Scotland last night as they drew 2-2 with Austria at Hampden Park in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture. The Scots twice came from behind in the fixture to rescue a point.
Marshall, who earned his 42nd cap for Scotland in the process, was on hand to deal with Austria’s threats in the first half before Saša Kalajdžić put them ahead within the first 10 minutes of the second half as he capitalised on a loose ball in the penalty box.
Scotland equalised through Grant Hanley’s header before again they were behind with only 10 minutes of the game remaining. Kalajdžić got his second of the game, heading into the corner from 12 yards, leaving Marshall with no chance.
The Tartan Army responded, however, and secured a point with a dramatic overhead kick from Aston Villa’s John McGinn in the 85th minute.
Scotland now head to Tel Aviv to take on Israel at the Bloomfield Stadium in their second World Cup qualifier on Sunday 28th March (7:45pm kick-off).
On Wednesday night, both Tom Lawrence (Wales) and Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) were unused substitutes as they were beaten by Belgium and Serbia respectively in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures.