Poles fail to halt the slide
- Mon 25 Oct 2010, 11:43AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Lech Poznan's midweek exertions at the City of Manchester Stadium did them no favours as they succumbed 2-0 to rivals Gornik Zabrze in yesterday's Polish League showdown.
The defending champions, toppled as leaders of Europa League Group A on Thursday night by an Emmanuel Adebayor hat-trick, found themselves facing another in-form striker in Poland Under-21 prospect Marcin Wodecki.
Widecki struck in each half for third-placed Gornik to leave Poznan - City's next Europa League opponents in next month's return tie - struggling in 14th position just ahead of the Ekstraklasa back-markers.
Salzburg, held by Juventus in their Europa League tie, bounced back with an invaluable 1-0 victory over Wacker in Innsbruck for a west Austrian derby win that lifts the Red Bulls over rivals Rapid Vienna into sixth place.
Argentine Gonzalo Zarate grabbed the 48th-minute goal at the Tivoli that gave Salzburg their fourth win of the campaign and justified coach Huub Stevens' decision to field the same side that drew with Juventus.
Delighted Stevens admitted: "The game against Juventus took a lot out of us. We were not as convincing as we were on Thursday night, but we scored the decisive goal."
Juve meanwhile were frustrated 0-0 by 16th-placed Bologna in the wake of their 1-1 result in Salzburg, leaving them fifth in Serie A but trailing leaders and form horses Lazio by seven points. Next up? Milan away on Saturday night.