Poland keeper Bartosz Bialkowski says it was painful he couldn’t keep out Victor Moses’ penalty kick that swung the game in favour of the Super Eagles in last Friday’s home defeat.
The Ipswich Town keeper who was making his debut for the Poland national team reasoned that it would have been an opportunity to shine and cement his place in the team to the World Cup.
“Maybe that it could be my chance to save it and shine in the debut? But then you know, every goalkeeper wants to save penalties.
“I knew he’d try to out-wait me. He watched my reactions on the line until the very end. It’s a shame about the referee’s decision but it’s history now. We can’t change it.”
The former Southampton and Notts County man admits he was disappointed that Poland lost the match.
“We were the better side and created a couple of really good chances,” he insisted. “We could have won the game.
“But we are still experimenting. It was only the third time we played with the three defenders. We’re still working on it but it looked promising.”
“Except for the penalty, Nigeria didn’t create much. There were a lot of positives in our game but of course there were some negatives too.”
Poland, who will be in World Cup Group H in Russia along with Senegal, Colombia and Japan, face South Korea in another friendly in Chorzów on Tuesday with Bialkowski not expected to be involved.