Free Press Journal

Deadly duo gone harmless


Paris: Bayern Munich’s deadly duo Lewandowski and Mueller’s quiet start has gone under the radar although, in contrast to Portugal and Sweden, Poland and Germany look comfortably on track to make the last 16.   Neither even threatened to break the deadlock when they faced off in a 0-0 draw in Paris on Thursday.  Yet, Poland coach Adam Nawalka praised Lewandowski’s contribution in teeing up strike partner Arkadiusz Milik.

“He is working for the team even though he hasn’t scored a goal in the last match and tonight,” Nawalka said. World champions Germany’s lack of a striker solution
threatens their chances of success with World Cup final hero Mario Goetze also failing to impress.

“Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the tree,” Goetze explained of his fall from national hero to press punching bag in the two years since scoring the winning goal in Rio.

Unusually, England bless arguably the strongest array of striking talent on show in France.  Yet, the man expected to spearhead Roy Hodgson’s attack,
Kane, has failed to hit the heights of his 25-goal season with Tottenham Hotspur that won him the Premier League’s golden boot.

Hodgson said Kane was “a little bit tired” after he was hooked off at half-time against Wales, making way for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, who both scored to turn a 1-0 half-time deficit into a vital win.

Running out of steam is not a new experience for Kane. After a breakout campaign last season, he was expected to shine at the under-21 Euros last year, but failed to find the net as England crashed out at the group stage.