HAMBURG: Netherlands left it late to open their Group D campaign with a 2-1 win over a Poland team missing captain and record leading marksman Robert Lewandowski.

The match went ahead as scheduled even though a man was shot by police In the hours before kick-off near where fans had been gathering in the city.

Poland shook off Lewandowski’s absence in the early minutes to take the lead with a header from Adam Buksa against the run of play. Cody Gakpo levelled for the Dutch who threatened to find the winner both before halftime and through almost all of the second half before newly-arrived substitute Wout Weghorst struck after two minutes on the pitch.