Tonight, Poland took on Russia in the second round of matches at Euro 2012. In the first round, Poland suffered from a bit of stage fright and were only able to muster a draw against Greece, whilst Russia beat the Czechs 4-1 with an impressive start to the tournament.
Poland were positive in the initial part of the first half causing Russia a few problems. Polanski was unfortunate to be just offside before tucking away a nice finish following the through ball from Lewandowski, who was a danger throughout. Russia’s goal came from a set piece, where Arshavin whipped in a free kick from the left, which Dzagoev met with his shoulder, glancing it past Tyton. Russia finished the first half the stronger, as Poland tired, leaving spaces open for Russia to exploit.
The second half started frantically with chances at either end, with the best openings falling to Lewandowski who was unable to find the back of the net. The game was very open when Poland countered and scored; Blaszczykowski made a run behind his defender and lashed home a beauty to lead the line as captain of Poland. After scoring the equaliser, Poland pushed on for a winner but were unable to grab it.
With the game finishing one a piece, Russia remain top of the group with 4 points, with Greece still to come. Whereas Poland will go into their final game against Czech Republic, knowing that they need to win to qualify for the quarter finals. Bring on the third round!
Players to Watch
BOENISCH – threat from set pieces in the first half
LEWANDOWSKI – set up the offside goal and had several chances to score
POLANSKI – scored the offside goal and made some good runs behind the defence
BLASZCZKOWSKI – scored a cracker of an equaliser
ARSHAVIN – linked up the play and set up Djagoev for the opener
DJAGOEV – scored his 3rd goal of the tournament but drifted out of the game
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