Tuesday June 12, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Stadion Narodowy

Poland 1 - 1 Russia

  • Blaszczykowski 57’
  • Dzagoev 37’

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  1. Spirited Poland hold Russia

    Spirited Poland hold Russia

    A wonder goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland a 1-1 Group A draw with Russia at Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw. More

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    Time:90'
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • 90+4 Brozek almost gets to the free-kick but Russia clear and that should be it... Full-time, and an enthralling contest ends even. Russia still in charge of Group A, but Poland will qualify if they beat the Czechs in their last game.
    • 90+3 POLAND SUB: A change before they take this, chucking on Brozek for Obraniak, who was about to take the free-kick. Obraniak is furious as he was set to deliver the set-piece. Brozek is a big man so that's why they've done it. Obraniak argues with Smuda, who ushers him away,
    • 90+3 Free-kick to Poland as Arshavin shoves Piszczek off the ball, odd foul, and this could be a late chance for the home side...
    • 90+2 Three minutes added time are being played, by the way. Russia give it away, Mierzejewski on it but a covering Denisov is able to clear.
    • 90+1 Arshavin with a clever ball to Zhirkov on the left, he steals into the box but is off-balance and as a result his cut-back is weak and Poland clear.
    • 90' Mierzejewski now on the ball, he feeds Piszczek wide right, his cross is overhit but Lewandowski chases it down on the left. Now Poland to keep the ball.
    • 89' This Russia pressure is incessant as Anyukov is fouled, taking the free-kick quickly. Poland clear though.
    • 88' Russia are playing keep-ball - realistically a draw is fine for them, as they'd only need a point against Greece to qualify. And that, all things being equal, should not be a problem.
    • 87' Mierzejewski chases it down the left, now Murawski slides in Lewandowski but Denisov is covering.
    • 86' The whistles are deafening now as Russia start to dominate possession.
    • 85' POLAND SUB: Polanski comes off following that injury picked up fouling Zhirkov. Matuszczyk on in his place.
    • 84' Shirokov with a cross aimed for Pavlyuchenko but it's far too close to Tyton, who claims easily.
    • 83' Poland scramble it clear as Russia lay camp on the edge of their box.
    • 82' Russia now back to their possession-based game as they take the fight to Poland, who have been the better side this half.
    • 81' Blaszczykowski on the run again, another quick counter attack from Poland, inside to Lewandowski who touches it off to Obraniak, but his low drive is straight at Malafeev.
    • 80' RUSSIA SUB: Izmailov on for Dzagoev. Like for like, only the mercurial Izmailov is a touch more 'flair'.
    • 79' Polanski collides with Zhirkov and both men have knocked knees, both down hurt. Polanski is booked for the late tackle.
    • 78' Lewandowski gets closed down as soon as he gets hold of the ball, Ignashevich this time shutting him out.
    • 77' Boenish with another wild effort high and wide after cutting in from the left on to his right.
    • 76' Dzagoev booked for dissent, he felt he was fouled but no, the ball was taken by Piszczek.
    • 75' Berezutsky a bit late on Lewandowski, now Poland have a free-kick around 35 yards out.
    • 74' Obraniak lays it off for Mierzejewski, who smashes a left-foot shot that fizzes well wide in the end, Malafeev watching it go by.
    • 74' POLAND SUB: Dudka comes off for Mierzejewski, a left-footed winger-playmaker.
    • 73' Arshavin drills in a low shot from the left but it's easy for the keeper Tyton at his near post. A promising move for Poland now as Lewandowski holds it up, now Polanski wide to Boenish but he overhits the cross.
    • 72' Murawski on the left, he digs out a cross that Lewandowski can only knock back to Obraniak, but Zhirkov blocks as he was preparing to shoot.
    • 71' RUSSIA SUB: Kerzhakov again misfired, and he is replaced by Pavlyuchenko. Again. Last time that happened, Pav scored.
    • 70' Kerzhakov could be in here but Wasilewski shows a remarkable turn of pace to catch up with him. Now Blaszczykowski can counter but this time he sends it well wide.
    • 69' SAVE FROM MALAFEEV! Polanski with a low drive after a fine first touch after some neat interplay down the right.
    • 68' Half a chance for Dzagoev as his low finish almost catches the keeper Tyton out, but the Polish shot-stopper readjusted to claim.
    • 67' No, Zhirkov will take it. Some shoving in the box and it's a Poland free-kick.
    • 66' Perquis is forced to concede a corner on the Russia right. Arshavin trots over to take.
    • 65' A bit scrappy all of a sudden as the passes become wayward.
    • 64' Strong deending by Perquis again - he has been superb - as Anyukov threatened to wriggle away.
    • 63' Arshavin swings the corner in but Wasilewski heads clear at the near post.
    • 62' A chorus of whistles echoes around Warsaw every time Russia touch the ball. They win a corner on the left.
    • 61' Shirokov in space on the left but Perquis heads clear.
    • 60' Lewandowski is booked for the slightly late tackle; Denisov gets away with a booking too.
    • 59' Denisov kicks out at Lewandowski after the two tangled! All a bit messy as the ref and team-mates break it up...
    • 58' That goal was created by a lovely first touch after he was played in by Obraniak from the right. On the run too. Wonderful celebrations from the Dortmund midfielder.
    • 57' GOAL POLAND! AND WHAT A GOAL FROM BLASZCZYKOWSKI! A wonderful left-foot curler at savage pace after a rapid counter from the Poles! Inside the far post, goal of the tournament so far!
    • 57' Arshavin with a superb run down the left, Piszczek is nowhere but he can't find Dzagoev and Poland clear.
    • 56' Perquis is again in some discomfort after that collision with his team-mate. Looks like his wrist though so he should be okay to continue.
    • 55' Zhirkov with a mis-hit as a wild clearance from Wasilewski lands for him. Perquis was taken out by his defensive team-mate during that incident.
    • 54' Looked like a handball from Denisov but play on says the ref.
    • 53' Błaszczykowski with a superb tackle in midfield, he releases Polanski, who returns the favour to his skipper down the right, he cuts it back but cleared by Ignashevich and Anyukov was fouled by Lewandowski anyway.
    • 52' Excellent tackle by Perquis after Shirokov slid Kerzhakov clean through! Brilliant defending!
    • 51' Arshavin with a mazy run into the box, it opens up for him suddenly but he drags a right-foot shot well wide of the far post when he probably should have cut it back to Kerzhakov!
    • 50' Lewandowski flies into a superb diagonal ball into the box, and out comes Malafeev very bravely to bat it away as the Poland striker clatters into him! Another fine ball from Obraniak.
    • 49' Russia again in down the left but Kerzhakov's cut-back is cleared.
    • 48' Russia on the move now but Perquis is able to get it clear of Kerzhakov.
    • 47' Perquis heads just over from the corner, good start to the second half by the Poles!
    • 46' Lewandowski holds the ball up, nice lay-off to Polanski who delivers a fine through ball and Lew is in! He rounds the keeper but has been forced a touch too wide and in the end settles for a corner won off a sprawling Malafeev! Lewandowski possibly could have taken it earlier, with his left, but as it stood the ball skipped just a touch too wide for him.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
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    • - FIRST-HALF STATS: Possession (%) 43-57; Shots on target 3-2; Shots off target 2-4
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    • 45+2 Half-time and Russia lead through that Dzagoev goal, but Poland have played well in what has been an enthralling half.
    • 45+1 Bizarre refereeing from Stark to award a free-kick to Poland when Dzagoev is clearly nudged down in the box. I can't see how he could have awarded anything to Poland there. Could have been a penalty I suppose, but even that would have been harsh.
    • 45' Kerzhakov with a slide tackle on Polanski, but a delayed reaction sees Stark award the free-kick. Obraniak again swings it in but Zyryanov clears.
    • 44' Poland have a free-kick around 35 yards out but a poor ball from Obraniak is headed away easily.
    • 43' Arshavin sends the corner high and deep where Zhirkov meets it with an audacious volley but he sends it well wide. Would have been a beauty had it come off.
    • 42' Kerzhakov and Dzagoev combine again but a corner is the only result this time. Russia now all over Poland.
    • 40' Blaszczykowski blasts a right-foot shot on goal and Malafeev tips it away! Fine shot, fine save!
    • 38' Well that was some ball by Arshavin, and some run by Dzagoev, but the marking was slack. I know they go zonal these days, but that HAS to account for the late runs. They allowed themselves to be distracted by the quality of Arshavin's ball, and Anykov's decoy leap. Piszczek probably at fault.
    • 37' GOAL RUSSIA! Wonderful curling free-kick from Arshavin on the left, totally bamboozled the defence and that man Dzagoev scores again! A delicate flick after a late diagonal run, arriving unmarked, 1-0 the Russians.
    • 36' Zhirkov is obstructed by Wasilewski as he flicks the ball through. That's going to knock the wind out of you, Wasilewski's a monster! Free-kick Russia on the left, Arshavin to take...
    • 35' Dudka with an arm across into Shirokov as the Poles tried to attack on the break.
    • 34' Shirokov with a fine through-ball that almost sends Kerzhakov through but he overhits it slightly and an alert Tyton is able to gather.
    • 33' Boenisch and Obraniak manage to combine to clear as Russia applied some pressure down the right.
    • 32' Anyway, nationality issues aside, this is an entertaining game, evenly matched. Both sets of fans in fine voice, the Poles obviously outnumbering the Russians.
    • 31' PN "None of the Polish players are ex-German" - you need to brush up on your facts. Polanski and Boenisch both played Germany U21. Both were holding out for Germany senior calls but had their minds changed by Smuda. Obraniak and Perquis, meanwhile, are French with a Polish grandparent. Neither speak fluent Polish, I understand Perquis barely speaks a word.
    • 30' Russia have a throw on the left as they return to their possession football from earlier this half. Poland clear but Russia come again...
    • 29' Kerzhakov with a promising run inside from the left, fine dribbling skills but a wild finish, miles off target. Probably should have passed.
    • 28' Fine low cross by Kerzhakov but it flies all the way through and out for a throw on the left.
    • 27' Piszczek, who has been linked with Real Madrid, bodychecks Arshavin and Russia have a free-kick on the left that the little man will take - poor though, straight at Tyton.
    • 26' Denisov takes down Lewandowski with a lazy trip after the Dortmund striker sold him for a mug with a backheel flick. Free-kick around 30 yards out... Obraniak flings it into the box and Wasilewski again attacks with a header but it's straight at Malafeev.
    • 25' Free header for Kezhakov but he heads well wide, off balance as he tried to meet Arshavin's cross from the left.
    • 24' Dzagoev almost combines with Arshavin but a vital interception from Perquis, Poland able to clear.
    • 23' Obraniak with a superb low cross across the face of goal and both Blaszczykowski and Lewandowski try to meet it but are held off by Berezutsky and Anyukov! Desperate defending in the Russia box!
    • 22' Poland's turn to have a good spell of possession as Lewandowski tries to be a little bit too clever, attempting a backheel through when he had other options.
    • 21' Obraniak with a deep lofted corner that Wasilewski rises to head over. He's done well just to be back on the pitch, if you recall that horrible broken leg he suffered a few years ago while playing for Anderlecht against Standard Liege.
    • 20' Obraniak flicks it through to Lewandowski but the bounce gives Ignashevich time to get his bulky frame across. Corner.
    • 19' Dzagoev with a lowish cross and Kerzhakov stoops into a header but Perquis gets a boot on it, behind for a corner. No, goal kick. Hmm, boot looked high to me.
    • 18' GOAL POLAND! But no, offside, Polanski looked about half a yard off as he latched on to Lew's through-ball with a lovely low finish. A late whistle led to the confusion, but the flag was prompt.
    • 17' Zhirkov on the ball, now the exciting youngster Dzagoev who plays a one-two but Zhirkov fouls Wasilewski as he bundles into the box. Free-kick Poland.
    • 16' Perquis is back on the pitch. He's even less Polish than Phil Jagielka, by the way.
    • 15' Russia look to exploit this mini powerplay with a spell of short, patient passing. They don't penetrate though and finally Shirokov's step-over for Kerzhakov does not pay off and Tyton claims.
    • 14' Perquis has been led off for treatment and play resumes, Poland a man light for now.
    • 13' A delay as Perquis got a stud on the shin while sliding with that tackle. That may need stitches.
    • 12' Kerzhakov again races clean through but a fine slide tackle from Perquis to hook his foot around man and ball to bring it away.
    • 11' JUST OVER BY LEWANDOWSKI! Dudka with the clipped ball through, one touch from the Dortmund man to flick it up for the volley, which whistled inches past the angle of bar and left-hand post.
    • 10' Kerzhakov is a yard offside as Denisov lobs it in for him, nice first touch to send himself through and a good save from Tyton at his feet but it wouldn't have counted.
    • 9' Obraniak passes it low to Lewandowski, superb first touch and turn but the through-ball is poor and Russia clear.
    • 8' Arshavin, meanwhile, scuttles down the inside-left and feeds Kerzhakov, who shoots first-time but finds his effort blocked for a corner. Arshavin will take it but Tyton gathers unchallenged.
    • 8' Boenisch again meets the set-piece but Malafeev finds it easier to claim this time. That was a super save earlier though.
    • 7' Obraniak, who is quite literally as Polish as Phil Jagielka, will take this free-kick... GREAT CURLING BALL IN AND BOESNISCH HAS TO SCORE BUT MALAFEEV SOMEHOW SCRAMBLES IT CLEAR!
    • 6' Polanski, another ex-German, moves into space on the right, halting his run so as to draw a shove from Zhirkov, winning a free-kick. Clever play as he had few options.
    • 5' Really good one touch play releases Anyukov down the right but Boenisch, who has played for Germany at youth level but recently switched to Poland, slides in to put it out of play. Short corner, Arshavin crosses but Poland eventually clear and win a throw.
    • 4' Whistles and boos every time the Russians touch the ball. Arshavin is dispossessed but Dudka fouls Shirokov and Russia have it back.
    • 3' Arshavin turns into space and he clips a nice pass through to Kerzhakov. The striker has pulled wide right though so has to knock it back for Dzagoev, whose cross is met by a Poland defender.
    • 2' Blaszczykowski with an early run down the right, he clips it through to Lewandowski but is clipped by Denisov while doing so and Poland have a free-kick.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 19:43 The Russian national anthem was not exactly fully respected by all the Poland fans in the stadium, but that's the least of their worries to be honest.
    • 19:42 We're getting reports from our colleagues in Poland that a Russian fan died after those clashes earlier. Also that at least nine more from both sides have been injured, with dozens arrested. More as it comes...
    • 19:40 You can get in touch with me on Twitter, @Reda_Eurosport, with your predictions, comments and opinions on this match and the Euros in general. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW!
    • 19:35 In case you weren't aware, it's all been kicking off in Warsaw today. Russia fans staged an ill-advised march to celebrate Russian independence day, and some Polish hooligans saw fit to attack. Obviously the recent incident with Russian fans and local stewards during the last match didn't help, but one has to take into context the residual resentment a lot of Poles hold towards the former Soviet Union, not to mention a recent plane crash in Russia that killed several leading Polish politicians. News: Police halt fan march amid violence
    • 19:30 Tonight's referee is Wolfgang Stark of Germany. In 39 matches this season he has shown a whopping 12 red cards, and countless yellows. He is fussy and a match like this promises to be feisty.
    • 19:25 Russia make no changes from the side that hammered the Czechs in the opening game. There had been rumours that Igor Akinfeev would play in goal but Vlacheslav Malafeev retains his place. Roman Pavlyuchenko stays on the bench despite scoring after replacing misfiring forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov in that match.
    • 19:20 Speculation that Poland would drop Maciej Rybus is borne out, however he has not been replaced by fellow attacking midfielder Kamil Grosicki; instead Franciszek Smuda has opted for a more defensive option in Dariusz Dudka. French-born winger Ludovic Obraniak keeps his place, however. Przemyk Tyto plays in goal in place of the suspended Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Poland: Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Dudka, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Murawski, Obraniak, Lewandowski; Subs: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Matuszczyk, Rybus, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek /// Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin; Subs: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin
    • 19:10 EUROS RECORD: With his strike against Czech Republic Roman Pavlyuchenko became Russia’s top scorer at the European Championships (four goals); The victory over the Czechs was Russia’s biggest-ever win at the Euros (including USSR).
    • 19:05 EUROS RECORD: Poland are yet to win a game at European Championships (D2 L2); Only one host nation has ever failed to win a group stage match at the Euros (Austria in 2008); Poland have played more games at European Championships without winning than any other side (4).
    • 19:00 HEAD TO HEAD: Poland have only won one of their previous six competitive games against Russia (including games against the former Soviet Union), losing three and drawing two; Four of the six competitive games between Poland and Russia have seen the side playing in their home country lead 1-0 at half-time (the other two were on neutral soil).
    • 18:55 Dick Advocaat (Russia): "Title talk? That's very optimistic. We have only played one game so we'll see how the next two games go. This first game was important to win, of course, but we'll see what happens if we get nine points at the end (of the group stage). That (Czech Republic) game has gone... we've got three points and we just have to make sure we play well tomorrow. The first result we'll forget about."
    • 18:50 Franciszek Smuda (Poland): "I had never considered this game to be a special one, other than the fact it is a great fixture, and it might be a great spectacle for the fans. The most important thing is not to lose. We have not lost to Russia for a long time [since 1996]. Hopefully it will stay this way. "
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight's big match, a rivalry of some magnitude as Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland face an in-form Russia at Stadion Narodowy, kick-of at 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 18' GOAL POLAND! But no, offside, Polanski looked about half a yard off as he latched on to Lew's through-ball with a lovely low finish. A late whistle led to the confusion, but the flag was prompt.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Poland

    Manager: Franciszek Smuda

  • Russia

    Manager: Dick Advocaat

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