Euro 2024: Robert Lewandowski benched for Poland-Austria

Poland‘s all-time top scorer Robert Lewandowski was not included in their Euro 2024 Group D starting XI against Austria on Friday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.

The Barcelona striker suffered a thigh injury in their final warmup match last week and had missed the 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their opening group game.

Austria coach Ralf Rangnick also switched his frontline, introducing veteran Marko Arnautovic as their lone striker in the place of Michael Gregoritsch.

He also dropped centrebacks Kevin Danso and Maximilian Woeber, bringing in Philipp Lienhart and Gernot Trauner.

The loss of Lewandowski, who has scored 82 goals for his country, remains a major setback for Poland.

Despite Barça ending the season without a trophy, he still managed 26 goals in 49 appearances, taking his total for the LaLiga side to 59 in 95 games since signing from Bayern Munich in 2022.