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Friday 18 August 2017

irish are 'brutal'

Poland's Glik sticks boot in

POLAND have turned up the heat on Ireland ahead of Sunday's vital Euro qualifier in Dublin by claiming that Martin O'Neill's side are "brutal" and impossible to watch.

The Poles are hoping to qualify for their third successive European Championships and the feeling in their camp is that a win here - in front of what they expect will be a big Polish support - will practically guarantee qualification.

But Torino defender Kamil Glik is not a fan of the Irish style of play. "I watched the Scotland-Ireland match in November and there were so many tough moments, I had to turn my eyes away, it looked awful," said the Serie A veteran.

"And this is what we can expect in Dublin, a real battle, their fighting style is more brutal than other national teams.

"We have to be ready for a battle as this is Ireland's last chance, they know they have to beat us if they want to qualify," added Glik.

And Ajax forward Arkadiusz Milik is also in confident mood. "We go into the match as favourites. Two years ago, when we played them in a friendly in Dublin there were more Polish fans than Irish in the stands, and on Sunday the fans will be supporting us as well," he said.

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