DORTMUND, June 14 - The dismissal of Radoslaw Sobolewski 15 minutes from time
was unjustified and was the key to Germany's 1-0 victory on Wednesday, said
"I certainly don't think it deserved a second yellow," keeper Artur Boruc
"It also looked like the German player deliberately left his foot in. That
(red card) was probably decisive although even then we thought we could hold
Midfielder Sobolewski appeared to be pulling out of the challenge when
Miroslav Klose ran across him inside the Polish half after 75 minutes.
The result left Poland clinging to the hope that Costa Rica would beat
Ecuador on Thursday, leaving the eastern Europeans a slim chance of qualifying
from Group A.
"The annoying thing is even after the red card we had managed to hold them,"
said left back Michal Zewlakow.
"We were just two minutes short of getting a point. Now our chances are
"The sending-off came at a moment when the players were very tired. You would
expect the referee to be aware of that and it was clear Radoslaw tried to pull
out," added Zewlakow.
"For sure if the referee had only given a foul, he wouldn't have done
anything wrong. But of course we were playing with the Germans, the hosts, at a
crucial moment in a tight game. That's how it goes."
Several Poles also said Germany defender Christoph Metzelder was lucky to
escape with a booking for taking out Euzebiusz Smolarek as he raced clear on the
right five minutes before the sending-off.
"If the referee had applied the same logic, he would have sent Metzelder
off," said defender Bartosz Bosacki.
"There's always a chance of qualifying but you've got to say our hopes now
Poland coach Pawel Janas said the late goal had all but knocked his side out
of the World Cup at the first stage for the second time running.
"The goal at the very end has ruined our chances. I feel awful," said Janas
with tears in his eyes.
"In the final minute we made mistakes by leaving the midfield empty and our
defence had no chance."