Heroic Poles stun Brazil
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A stunning long-range free kick from Grzegorz Krychowiak saw the finals in Canada get off to a thunderous start as European outsiders Poland beat four-time champions Brazil 1-0 on 30 June in the first match at Montreal's cavernous Olympic Stadium.

The Poles were forced to play most of the game with ten men after Krzysztof Krol was sent off in minute 27 for a second yellow card, but their corker of a goal in minute 23rd held up to the end as the red-clad dark horses slammed the door on the sumptuous South Americans with a spirited and lively display of direct, enterprising football.

After one match, the formbook in Group D can be thrown out the window as Poland lead the standings with three points, and Brazil - the champions of romantic football - sit stranded in the cellar with questions to ask.