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  • Date:12 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:National Stadium - Warsaw
  • Jakub Blaszczykowski (57)
  • Alan Dzagoev (37)

Live Commentary


Honours even, and you have to think both teams will take that. That was a very entertaining, end-to-end game in which Poland were probably the better team. The result tees up what should be a thrilling game between Poland, now on two points, and the Czech Republic, on three, on Saturday.


Full-time: Poland 1-1 Russia


Obraniak, who has been impressive, is pretty angry about being taken off, arguing with the manager and kicking a water bottle.


Substitution for Poland as Pawel Brozek replaces Obraniak.


And now the Poles are content to pass backwards. We're now into the first of three minutes of added time.


Zhirkov punts a wasteful ball into the box, handing Poland possession and the initiative.


Russia are just stroking the ball around midfield now. They look content with a draw.


The sting has gone from the game a little as nerves start to take over.


Substitution for Poland. Polanski hasn't recovered from his knock and gives way to Adam Matuszczyk.


Polanski picked up his injury when challenging Zhirkov - and has been booked for it. He's now back on, though.


The ten men don't hesitate to attack and this time Lewandowski sets up Obraniak on the left corner of the box, but his drilled left-foot shot is easily saved by Malafeev.


Meanwhile, Polanski has picked up a knock and is off the pitch, so Poland are temporarily down to ten men.


Substitution for Russia as Marat Izmailov comes on for Dzagoev.


Poland are looking the stronger team now. They're controlling possession but Russia still look a danger on the break. This could still go either way.


Half of Poland rises in anticipation as Lewandowski surges forward and pulls his foot back, but his shot was straight at Sergei Ignashevich. Straight after, Boenisch fired a right-foot shot from 20 yards high and wide.


Dzagoev is booked for dissent after complaining about a foul given against him that he felt should have been for him. To be fair, he was right.


Mierzejewski looks to make an instant name for himself by cutting in from the right wing and sending a left-footed shot from 20 yards wide. That was over-ambitious.


Substitution for Poland as Dudka is replaced by Adrian Mierzejewski.


Arshavin is the architect of much of Russia's play, but his final ball is lacking. He has just sprinted down the left wing and beaten Piszczek, the right back, but instead of crossing he went for goal and was wide of the far post by some distance.


Just before that substitution, and right after Dzagoev's chance, Obraniak had a rasping shot saved as Poland looked to hit on the counter.


Substitution for Russia as Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces Kerzhakov.


Good chance for Russia as Dzagoev plays a one-two with Kerzhakov on the edge of the box, but space was very tight and he couldn't get enough pace on his low left-shot to beat Tyton.


The goal seems to have disrupted both teams' momentum. Russia are regrouping, while Poland seem to be waiting for the adrenaline to wear off.


Tensions are mounting as Igor Denisov kicks out at Lewandowski after a meaty challenge from the Polish striker, who is subsequently booked, as is his Russian adversary.


That's a brilliant goal from the Polish captain. He was played in down the right by Piszczek, cut in between two defenders and then swept a sweet left-foot shot from the edge of the box into the far top corner. Superb stuff - and deserved.


Goal! Poland 1-1 Russia (Jakub Blaszczykowski)


It's end-to-end football again. This time Obraniak surges forward for Poland and plays in Blaszczykowski down the right, but rather than go for goal himself from an angle, he chooses to cross and allows the Russian defence to clear.


Russia again on the attack through Arshavin, but instead of lifting his head and picking out Kerzhakov, he went for goal himself and poked a shot well wide.


Now Russia spring back to life as Zhirkov streaks past Lukasz Piszczek on the left wing, only to see his cutback evade everyone. Straight down the other end, the impressive Obraniak clips a neat ball into Lewandowski, but Malafeev shows great bravery to dive in and punch the ball off the Dortmund striker's foot.


It was a classic case of making sure you take your chances in that first half. Poland dominated for long periods but couldn't convert their opportunities. Russia then took over and punished the hosts. Excellent entertainment so far.


Half-time: Poland 0-1 Russia


And Poland duly do go straight on the attack as Polanski plays in Lewandowski, who rounds the keeper but sees the angle run away from him. His subsequent cross wins a corner, from which Boesnisch sees his header deflected wide. The second corner is then header over by Perquis.


The teams are back out and the second half is under way. Poland need to start this period with the same aggression with which they began the first.


Another great chance for Russia as they break through Dzagoev, who plays in Kerzhakov, but the Zenit striker's shot is tame and easily blocked. From the rebound, Kerzhakov crossed and Dzagoev appeared to be bundled over, but the referee gave the foul in the opposite direction. Let-off for Poland.


Russia are buoyant now, so much so that Arshavin plays a corner all the way to the far edge of the box for Yuri Zhirkov to hit a first-time volley wide.


Credit to Dzagoev. He might have made a mess of the finish - missing with his head and scoring with his shoulder - but his run from deep was stealthy and almost unmarkable.


Poland almost equalise straight away as Blaszczykowski draws a diving save from Malafeev. Good response from the Poles.


Poland had their time but couldn't take their chances; Russia assume the upper hand and promptly score. It came from a free-kick given away cheaply by Wasilewski. Arshavin swung the ball in the from the left channel and Dzageov ran on to meet the ball and bundle it home with his shoulder.


Goal! Poland 0-1 Russia (Alan Dzagoev)


Poland have lost momentum and Russia are starting to assume control of possession now. They're taking their time with their build-up play and waiting to find the killer ball.


We haven't had any goals yet but this is one of the most exciting games of the tournament so far. End-to-end action.


And now Russia go close as Kerzhakov flashes a low ball right across goal that Arshavin was only inches away from connecting with. Kerzhakov follows that up by cutting in from the left and blazing a shot high and wide.


Another chance for Poland as Obraniak floats in a free-kick from deep, but Marcin Wasilewski can't get solid contact with the ball and heads tamely at Malafeev.


Another impressive move from Poland, this time down the right, culminates with Jakub Blaszczykowski whipping in a low cross to Lewandowski, but Aleksandr Anyukov just manages to get a foot in to save a currently second-best Russia from conceding. Once again, superb play from Poland.


Poland goal disallowed! And what a shame because that was a sensational move in which Poland cut Russia apart with a slick passing move before feeding in Eugen Polanski to sidefoot past Malafeev. He was marginally offside, though. Still, that typified an energetic and enterprising start from the Poles, who look really up for this game and are currently outplaying Russia.


Kerzhakov looks to be keen to make amends for his spate of misses in the opening game and has been on the move again. He was played in on goal in the right channel and was just about to pull the trigger, but Damien Perquis thwarted him with an outstanding tackle.


Back down the other end, Roman Shirokov plays Kerzhavov in behind the defence, but he was slightly offside and Tyton was out to him anyway. Poland respond straight away, though, with Dudka nodding the ball down to Robert Lewandowski, who takes one touch and then sends a left-foot volley only just over the crossbar. Great effort.


Fantastic opportunity for Poland as Ludovic Obraniak swings in a sublime free kick from beside the right touchline. Sebastian Boenisch got a knee to it, but his effort was straight at Vyacheslav Malafeev, the Russian goalkeeper. Boesnisch then got a head to another cross, this time from the left, but once again Malafeev was right behind it. Positive start from both teams.


Positive start from Russia, with Andrey Arshavin cleverly feeding in Aleksandr Kerzhakov down the right channel. The ball just ran away from the Zenit striker, but Russia managed to get themselves behind the Polish defence and will be encouraged by that.


And we're under way in Warsaw. If Russia win tonight, they will be the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The teams are out and we've had the national anthems, so kick-off is just moments away.

Russia go into the game on the back of a 15-game unbeaten streak. If they avoid defeat here and do the same against Greece on Saturday, it will be their joint-longest run without losing since 1995-96.

The game has unfortunately been marred already by scuffles between rival fans outside the ground earlier on today. Police have made 56 arrests from both sides.

Russia are unsurprisingly unchanged from their opener. This is their team: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin.

Here's how the Poles will line up: Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Dudka, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Murawski, Obraniak, Lewandowski. Subs: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Matuszczyk, Rybus, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek.

Poland are without goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny tonight after his red card against Greece, so Przemyslaw Tyton comes in to replace him. Meanwhile, Dariusz Dudka has been selected in place of Maciej Rybus in midfield.

Welcome along to our coverage of Poland's Group A clash with Russia in Warsaw. The Russians go into the match high on confidence after their 4-1 demolition of the Czech Republic in their first game, while the Poles are looking for their first win of the tournament having been held to a 1-1 draw by Greece in their opener.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Franciszek Smuda Coach
  • Przemyslaw Tyton Goal
  • Lukasz Piszczek Defender
  • Marcin Wasilewski Defender
  • Damien Perquis Defender
  • Sebastian Boenisch Defender
  • Jakub Blaszczykowski Midfielder
  • Dariusz Dudka Midfielder
  • Rafal Murawski Midfielder
  • Eugen Polanski Midfielder
  • Ludovic Obraniak Midfielder
  • Robert Lewandowski Forward
  • Grzegorz Sandomierski Substitute
  • Grzegorz Wojtkowiak Substitute
  • Marcin Kaminski Substitute
  • Maciej Rybus Substitute
  • Jakub Wawrzyniak Substitute
  • Artur Sobiech Substitute
  • Rafal Wolski Substitute
  • Kamil Grosicki Substitute
  • Adrian Mierzejewski
  • Adam Matuschyk
  • Pawel Brozek


  • Dick Advocaat Coach
  • Vyacheslav Malafeev Goal
  • Alexander Anyukov Defender
  • Alexei Berezutski Defender
  • Sergey Ignashevich Defender
  • Yuri Zhirkov Defender
  • Roman Shirokov Midfielder
  • Igor Denisov Midfielder
  • Konstantin Zyryanov Midfielder
  • Alan Dzagoev Forward
  • Alexander Kerzhakov Forward
  • Andrey Arshavin Forward
  • Igor Akinfeev Substitute
  • Anton Shunin Substitute
  • Roman Sharonov Substitute
  • Dmitri Kombarov Substitute
  • Alexander Kokorin Substitute
  • Vladimir Granat Substitute
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak Substitute
  • Kirill Nababkin Substitute
  • Denis Glushakov Substitute
  • Igor Semshov Substitute
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko Substitute who played
  • Marat Izmailov Substitute who played

Match Report

Poland hold Russia to stay in Euro hunt
Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland kept their chances of a quarter-finals berth alive on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 with Russia, putting on ice their opponents' hopes of clinching the first slot in the knock-out phase.
The Poles, needing to take at least a point from the Group A match in the wake of their 1-1 tournament opener against Greece on Friday, were keenly aware of Russia's high-octane 4-1 performance against the Czech Republic the same night.
In what may be the most politically-charged fixture of the tournament, Poland looked the hungrier team in the first half, launching a series of convincing attacks on the Russian goal.
But they failed to capitalise on earlier chances including a slicing free kick in the seventh minute by Ludovic Obraniak, newly positioned as a left-side midfielder, with Sebastian Boenisch's attempt saved by Vyacheslav Malafeev.
Hard work appeared to have paid off when Eugen Polanski moved onto a through ball from lone striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored against the Greeks, and fired past Malafeev.
But fans and the Polish bench swung from ecstasy to misery when his 18th-minute shot was ruled offside.
A resurgent Russia picked up the pace, with captain Andrey Arshavin crossing in the 25th minute to fellow member of their striking triumvirate Aleksandr Kerzhakov, only for him to miss the target.
Polish keeper Przeymslaw Tyton - whose penalty-saving heroics after he came on as a substitute for red-carded first choice Wojciech Szczesny helped avoid a Polish defeat to Greece - saved a free kick from Arshavin a minute later.
Russia's efforts bore fruit in the 37th minute when rising star Alan Dzagoev, who notched up a double against the Czechs, latched onto an inswinging Arshavin free kick to open the scoring.
Poland, who were criticised for losing pace against Greece in the second half and throwing away their lead, returned from the dressing room keen to harry the Russians.
While they appeared tired, they battled hard, and finally equalised in the 57th minute when captain Kuba Blaszczykowski picked up a cross from Obraniak and fired home a left-footed piledriver.
There were nervous moments for both sides in the remainder of the half, with the noise levels rising in Warsaw's brand-new National Stadium.
Blaszczykowski, who along with Lewandowski and defender Lukasz Piszczek has enjoyed a stellar season at German double winners Borussia Dortmund, was named man of the match.
Sporting encounters between Poland and Russia are often high pressure, as they feed into centuries of antipathy between the two nations, and the rivalry in the stadium's terraces was palpable from the start of the match.
Tensions had risen in Warsaw beforehand, as police made dozens of arrests and used water canons to halt brawls between fans from both camps.
With the Czech Republic having beaten Greece 2-1 earlier on Tuesday, Russia top Group A on four points after two rounds of action with the Czechs second on three points, Poland third on two and Greece fourth on one.
Russia wrap up their group matches against Greece on Saturday, when Poland face the Czechs.





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