Football: Poland stun world champions Germany 2-0 in Euro 2016 qualifiers

Poland's defender Kamil Glik (centre, top), Poland's midfielder Sebastian Mila (centre, bottom) and Poland's forward Arkadiusz Milik (right) celebrate after the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match Poland vs Germany in Warsaw, Poland on Oct 11
Poland's defender Kamil Glik (centre, top), Poland's midfielder Sebastian Mila (centre, bottom) and Poland's forward Arkadiusz Milik (right) celebrate after the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match Poland vs Germany in Warsaw, Poland on Oct 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WARSAW (REUTERS) - Poland stunned World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday to earn their first ever victory over their neighbours and take control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.

Arkadiusz Milik put them ahead with a well-timed header in the 51st minute and Sebastian Mila added another late in the game to hand the hosts a memorable victory against bitter rivals Germany after 18 previous failed attempts.

Poland, who had scored once in their previous six competitive meetings and had lost 12 of 18 games against either Germany or West Germany, now go top of Group D on six points, as many as Ireland.

Germany, who had not lost an away qualifier for either the World Cup or Euros since 1998, are now third on three after two games.

Wearing the black and red striped tops they had last worn during their 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final in July, Germany had control of the game but were wasteful with their chances.

“Obviously we are very disappointed,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “But I can’t say much about the team. The only thing is that we were a bit sloppy with our chances in the first half.

“Also in the second half we played well and created chances but Poland scored with their first dangerous ball,” said Loew.

The Germans, playing in the stadium where they lost 2-1 to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-final, were made to work hard against a solid Polish backline in front of a fiery 57,000 crowd.

Towering central defenders Kamil Glik and Lukasz Szukala also made sure to eliminate any aerial threat from Mats Hummels, playing his first game for Germany since the World Cup final.

The visitors, missing half a dozen starters including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marco Reus, had their best chance in the 38th minute when Mario Goetze floated a cross to the far post but winger Karim Bellarabi, on his debut, fired wired.

With Poland tiring towards halftime, the Germans carved out several more good chances but neither Thomas Mueller twice nor Bellarabi could find the back of the net.

But the hosts stunned Germany five minutes after the restart with Milik heading in a pinpoint Lukasz Piszczek cross.

As expected it turned out to be a one-sided second half with Germany attacking and the Poles waiting to hit back on the break.

Germany substitute Lukas Podolski shook the crossbar with his first touch of the ball before Mila sealed Poland’s win when he tapped in from a Robert Lewandowski assist in the 88th.