Source: News Bharati English18 Oct 2016 09:37:04
Ahmedabad, October 18: In a shocking twist in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup, Poland defeated Iran by 41-25 on Monday. With a terrific perfomance, Polish upset Iran in the last 40 minutes to put the game in the former’s favour.
Poland’s captain Michal Spiczko scored six points to turn the heat of the match into a memorable victory. Iran’s mighty defence had day at the office as they scored just six points and paid a heavy price to the Polish raiders. Iran was below par but that shouldn’t take any credit away from Poland who outclassed them in all departments.
If Thailand beat Japan in their last game of Group B, they will top the table and Iran could end up playing Republic of Korea in the semifinals. Poland ended their World Cup campaign on a memorable high and will take a lot of heart from their performances in the tournament.
The Poles made a good start as Piotr Pamulak scored with a two point raid in the third minute to give Poland a 4-2 lead. Iran leveled the game at 5-5 in the seventh minute. Michal Spiczko then scored three raid points to give his side a 9-7 lead after 10 minutes.
Jan Baranowicz scored with a two point raid in the 14th minute as Poland led 13-9 and Iran was reduced to just three men. Iran forced a super tackle in the 15th minute to trail 11-13. However, their defence uncharacteristically made too many silly errors and Poland capitalized on them to lead 16-13 after 18 minutes. Spiczko, Baranowicz and Pamulak scored five points each for Poland in the first half. Iran just scored four tackle points in the half as they trailed 14-17 at the break.
Poland inflicted the first all out of the match in the 23rd minute to lead 23-15 as Spiczko scored two more points. Iran’s defence scored their fifth tackle point in the 25th minute but to add to their misery, Fazel Atrachali was forced off the court because of a shoulder injury.
Poland continued their impressive performance in the second half and extended the lead to 10 points after 30 minutes. Iran’s captain Meraj Sheykh scored just one point as their defence continued to flounder with Poland leading 32-21 in the 34th minute.
After 37 minutes the ninth point of the match gave Poland a 36-21 lead. In the last two minutes, Iran managed to get four points but was not enough to turn the result of the match. Eventually, Poland covered up the match with the final score of 41-25.