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Welsh relegated from top tier after Poland defeat

Wales lost 1-0 to Poland in their World Cup send-off and were relegated from the Nations League’s top division. 
Karol Swiderski’s second-half goal sealed Wales’ demotion to League B. 
Wales needed a win in Cardiff to stay in Europe’s top flight and relegate Poland.

Welsh relegated from top tier after Poland defeat

Gareth Bale’s late header against the crossbar was Wales’ best chance after Swiderski’s goal.

Wales’ World Cup opener against the U.S. on November 21 is less than two months away.

Skipper Bale won his 108th cap, one short of Chris Gunter’s record.

Bale was a second-half substitute in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Belgium after arriving late from the U.S.

The 33-year-old played his first 90 minutes since September’s World Cup qualifier.

Chris Mepham, Ethan Ampadu, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Harry Wilson, and Joe Allen were out for Wales.

Ben Cabango, Joe Morrell, and Dylan Levitt came off the bench in Brussels, along with Kieffer Moore.

Poland, ranked 26th in FIFA and seven places below Wales, needed a World Cup tonic after stuttering form.

In a lively first half, Poland’s players spent a lot of time on the floor but had few openings.

The visitors’ willingness to go down angered home fans and heated up Cardiff City Stadium.

Joe Rodon almost let Swiderski pounce on an own-goal pass.

The first goal attempt came after 25 minutes when Lewandowski met a cross with his shoulder instead of his head and Wayne Hennessey saved it.

Daniel James got Wales’ first chance after Cabango’s clearance.

Wojciech Szczesny blocked James’ shot and kicked away his cross.

Connor Roberts’ long throw found Bale, and Szczesny came out to smother him.

Hennessey almost embarrassed himself by dropping a pass. Lewandowski pressured the goalkeeper, who had to stretch out to clear.

Zielinski’s 20-yard shot caused fewer alarms, and Wales nearly took the lead when Brennan Johnson’s shot hit James and missed the post.

Lewandowski’s brilliance and Swiderski’s finishing broke the deadlock after 57 minutes.

Lewandowski’s sublime flick allowed Swiderski to shoot through Hennessey’s legs.

Johnson’s shot was deflected by Szczesny after he wriggled free. 
Wales substituted Moore and Rubin Colwill.

James and Rodon were denied by Szczesny, and Bale’s header hit the bar, ending Wales’ chances.

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