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Obraniak and Poland face final hurdle

Published: Wednesday 13 June 2012, 21.07CET
Forward Ludovic Obraniak told UEFA.com that co-hosts Poland's Group A game against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Saturday was "like a final, but it's one we can win".
by Alex O'Henley
from Warsaw
Obraniak and Poland face final hurdle
Ludovic Obraniak speaks to UEFA.com ©Sportsfile
 
Published: Wednesday 13 June 2012, 21.07CET

Obraniak and Poland face final hurdle

Forward Ludovic Obraniak told UEFA.com that co-hosts Poland's Group A game against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Saturday was "like a final, but it's one we can win".

After their thrilling draw against Russia, Poland strikers Robert Lewandowski and Ludovic Obraniak are setting their sights on "a final" against the Czech Republic, with the prize of a place in the last eight of UEFA EURO 2012.

Over 5,000 supporters welcomed their favourites to the KSP Polonia Warzsawa Stadium for their third public training session, and while the players were happy to bask in the praise being showered on them for last night’s performance, they are already turning their attention towards Saturday's game in Wroclaw.

"I'm very happy that we played so well against Russia," Obrianak told UEFA.com. "It was much better than the first game against Greece, and if we can play like that again I think we'll have a good chance against the Czech Republic. The final group game is now a must-win game, but we are ready for this challenge. It's like a final, but it's one we can win. We expect a great atmosphere in Wroclaw and hopefully we can get the result that everyone in Poland wants."

Although he did not score against Russia, the onus to get the goals against the Czechs will inevitably fall upon the shoulders of talismanic striker Lewandowski. However, the Borussia Dortmund player is more than happy to assume that responsibility.

"It wasn't easy being the lone striker against Russia but I'm confident we can get the goals we need against the Czech Republic," said Lewandowski. "In a way, the score against Russia didn't matter because we had to win the next game anyway. However, the result has given us more confidence and the challenge now is to score one more goal than the Czechs.

"We know how good the Czechs are and we will give them all our respect," he added. "I think we showed against Russia we can play for the whole 90 minutes. Now let's hope we can get the goals to qualify. I'm confident that we can."

Meanwhile, team doctor Mariusz Urban has confirmed that three players injured against Russia have a 50-50 chance of being fit in time for Saturday's game. Damien Perquis took several knocks to the left elbow he fractured while playing for FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in March, with the defender also sporting a heavy strapping on a leg injury, while midfielders Eugen Polanksi and Dariusz Dudka are struggling to shake off respective knee and stomach injuries.

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