18-year-old Jakub Lewicki saved Jagiellonia Białystok a point in the away competition against Korona Kielce. The runner-up of the top league drew 2-2 in Kielce, which means that Korona has a series of seven matches without defeat.
Although the yellow and red derby concerns only the colors of both clubs, it adds additional flavor to the rivalry between Jagiellonia Białystok and Korona Kielce. Especially since both teams were in really good shape before Saturday’s meeting in Kielce. Jagiellonia as the runner-up of the Ekstraklasa, impressive with its play, and Korona as a team that has not lost any of the last six matches.
The 18-year-old saved Jagiellonia in Kielce. The crown extends the good streak
In the first half, however, Korona showed such intense pressure that Jagiellonia has probably not experienced yet this season. And the very intense play of Kamil Kuzera’s team caused Jaga great problems. Goalkeeper Zlatan Alomerović played uncertainly, Portuguese Nene made a lot of losses in the midfield, although there were not many scoring opportunities on either side.
Although the match actually started with a good but missed technical hit by Kristoffer Hansen, later Korona had a bit more of an advantage, but they were unable to take advantage of the guests’ uncertain behavior in front of their penalty area. This applies primarily to Belarusian Evheeniy Szykawka.
Both teams scored one, rightly disallowed, goal in the following minutes. First, after Hansen’s center, Jose Naranjo, who was offside, headed the ball into the net, and in response, after Dawid Błanik’s assist, Zlatan Alomerovic was surprised by Martin Remacle on the counterattack, but in this situation it was Błanik who was on the slightest offside.
Finally, the hosts scored the right goal and it was a goal that went to the locker room. After VAR’s intervention, referee Karol Arys decided that Michal Sacek had fouled Martin Remacle in the sixteenth minute, and the lead at the break was secured by Spaniard Nono with a successful shot from eleven meters.
The second part of the match started with the advantage of the guests from Białystok. Jesus Imaz had two chances, but once he hit straight at Xavier Dziekoński and once he simply missed the target.
Finally, Imaz also got a third chance and took advantage of it. In the 56th minute, Adrian Dieguez played brilliantly from deep in the field, and Jesus Imaz overtook Dziekoński, who was leaving the goal, and led to a draw. For the Spaniard, who recently missed a month due to injury, it was the fourth goal of the season. Imaz also has five assists.
After the equalizer, Jagiellonia did not follow through, and Korona, powered by two new wingers, took the lead again. In the 68th minute, Martin Remacle sent a cross from the right side of the field, looking for Dominick Zator or Yevheniy Szykawka in the penalty area, but he played in such a way that the ball passed all the sixteen players and fell perfectly at the post into Zlatan Alomerovic’s goal.
However, not only Kamil Kuzera, but also Adrian Siemieniec was able to make changes that had a positive impact on the result of the match. Jaga’s coach allowed 18-year-old Jakub Lewicki onto the playing field. Before the Polish youth representative showed his good side, Bartłomiej Wdowik tried to surprise Xavier Dziekoński with a free kick. However, the Korona goalkeeper, brought up at MOSP and Jagiellonia Białystok, moved the ball over the crossbar.
In the 81st minute, Jagiellonia managed to draw once again and the main role was played by the above-mentioned Lewicki, who, after an excellent long pass by Taras Romanczuk, beat Dziekoński with a first-ball shot and set the score at 2-2.
Korona Kielce eventually drew with Jagiellonia Białystok 2-2 and both teams did not improve their situation in the top league table much. Before Sunday’s matches, Jagiellonia remains in second place with 30 points and a three-point loss to leader Śląsk Wrocław. After Saturday’s draw, Korona has 16 points, three points above the relegation zone, in twelfth position.