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Poland mark Warsaw milestone with Portugal draw

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.23CET
Poland 0-0 Portugal
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts played out a goalless draw with Paulo Bento's side in the first match at Warsaw's new National Stadium.
by Piotr Koźmiński
from National Stadium Warsaw
Poland mark Warsaw milestone with Portugal draw
Ireneusz Jeleń in action for Poland in the opening game at the National Stadium Warsaw ©Cyfrasport

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Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.23CET

Poland mark Warsaw milestone with Portugal draw

Poland 0-0 Portugal
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts played out a goalless draw with Paulo Bento's side in the first match at Warsaw's new National Stadium.

UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland played out a goalless draw with fellow finalists Portugal in the first match at Warsaw's new National Stadium.

Nani proved a constant menace for the hosts but he could not find a way past Poland No1 Wojciech Szczęsny, who also had to be alert to keep out Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick. Poland fashioned a couple of chances of their own late on but had to settle for a goalless draw in front of 55,000 fans.

The visitors started the match on the front foot with Nani drawing the first save out of Szczęsny on four minutes. The Manchester United FC forward tricked his way into the penalty area soon afterwards but his shot was easily saved. The Arsenal FC-based Szczęsny then had to be at his best tip another Nani effort round the post just a minute later as the visitors' pressure increased.

Ronaldo, after firing wide on several occasions, drew another fine save out of Szczęsny before the break but Poland sprung into life at the end of the half with Ludovic Obraniak and Ireneusz Jeleń both testing Rui Patrício. There was time for Nani to go close again in added time but his shot drifted agonisingly wide.

Obraniak's strike from distance nearly gave Franciszek Smuda's side an early second-half lead but Rui Patrício was alert to deny the FC Girondins de Bordeaux midfielder. Ronaldo's 67th-minute free-kick was easily saved by Szczęsny at the other end and although Kamil Grosicki and Adrian Mierzejewski came close late on, both sides had to settle for a draw.

Poland kick off UEFA EURO 2012 against Greece in Warsaw on 8 June while Portugal's first game is against Germany in Lviv a day later.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.37CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Portugal

Portugal

SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
PerquisDamien Perquis
PepePepe
Substitution67
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
Substitution85
João PereiraJoão Pereira
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution21
DudkaDariusz Dudka
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Substitution81
NaniNani
Substitution82
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution82
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Yellow Card49
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution90
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution46
RybusMaciej Rybus
Substitution79
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution76
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution67
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution66

Substitutes

GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution67
NélsonNélson
Substitution21
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution79
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution46
MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution81
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution66
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution82
RolandoRolando
Substitution67
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution85
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution76
MilaSebastian Mila
Substitution90
Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
Substitution82

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR), Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Fourth official

Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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