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Błaszczykowski strike reins Russia in

Published: Tuesday 12 June 2012, 23.30CET
Poland 1-1 Russia
Jakub Błaszczykowski struck a superb second-half equaliser to keep Poland's hopes intact as Russia failed to build on Alan Dzagoev's opener.
by Jim Wirth
from National Stadium Warsaw

Match statistics

PolandRussia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts15
 
7
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
4
Attempts blocked2
 
1
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
6
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 June 2012, 23.30CET

Błaszczykowski strike reins Russia in

Poland 1-1 Russia
Jakub Błaszczykowski struck a superb second-half equaliser to keep Poland's hopes intact as Russia failed to build on Alan Dzagoev's opener.

Co-hosts Poland know they will reach the last eight of UEFA EURO 2008 with victory against the Czech Republic on Saturday after Jakub Błaszczykowski cancelled out Alan Dzagoev's 37th-minute opener in this Group A game at the National Stadium Warsaw.

Russia rode some early pressure before taking a lead through the tournament's leading scorer, Alan Dzagoev, but having failed to find a finishing touch after breaching the Poland defence on numerous occasions, Dick Advocaat's side fell prey to a passionate second-half rally, with home captain Błaszczykowski thudding a powerful effort past Vyacheslav Malafeev on 57 minutes.

For the first time in a UEFA European Championship finals, Russia fielded the same starting XI in consecutive games, with Advocaat selecting Aleksandr Kerzhakov despite some wayward finishing in their opening 4-1 win against the Czech Republic. With Przemysław Tytoń replacing the suspended Wojciech Szczęsny, Poland's only outfield adjustment saw AJ Auxerre midfielder Dariusz Dudka step in for the less experienced Maciej Rybus.

As they had against Greece on Friday, Franciszek Smuda's side shaped up fast, and might have gone in front after six minutes, Malafeev scrambling the ball away with his foot after Sebastian Boenisch met Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick from the right. Robert Lewandowski came within two metres of the goal of his life when he volleyed over the bar from distance in the 11th minute, and Poland then had the ball in the net but Eugen Polanski's effort was chalked off for offside.

It was the culmination of a darting move which the Russians would have been proud of, and a sign that while they may have lacked their opponents' innate menace, Poland's passion can move mountains. Under pressure, though, they never seemed comfortable; with Andrey Arshavin insinuating his way into the game, Poland's rearguard foundation creaked.

Saving tackles and Russia's haphazard finishing papered over the cracks, but the whole edifice buckled on 37 minutes, when Arshavin man whipped in a free-kick from the left, which Dzagoev darted in from nowhere to nudge around Przemysław Tytoń. Not a big man, the PFC CSKA Moskva forward, but he is indisputably clever and has three goals at UEFA EURO 2012 already.

Poland's response was suitably spirited, Malafeev diving to force a powerful Obraniak drive away. They twice picked out Lewandowski in the box just after the restart, though the lone wolf forward was denied a shot on both occasions. Russia looked like they could shred their opponents on the break, but that was not Poland's concern; optimism drove them forward, and their slightly reckless spirit was rewarded on 57 minutes when Błaszczykowski took the ball on the edge of the box, nudged it infield and sent a venomous shot past Malafeev.

Tytoń then made a diving save from Dzagoev on a par with his effort to deny Giorgios Karaounis from the penalty spot against Greece, before Malafeev got down low to block a Polanski effort as the action switched ends at dizzying speed. Russia closed in, Poland sprang free, again and again. Russia, still group leaders, will wonder how they failed to add to their tally as they look ahead to Saturday's last group fixture against Greece. For Poland, meanwhile, it was not a win, but a small triumph for hope over experience.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.57CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Russia

Russia

22
TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
Substitution73
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
7
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Yellow Card79
Substitution85
5
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
9
R. LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Yellow Card60
6
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
10
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution90+3
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card60
11
MurawskiRafał Murawski
8
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
15
PerquisDamien Perquis
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution70
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski (C)
Goal57
12
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
20
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
17
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Goal37
Yellow Card75
Substitution79

Substitutes

12
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
3
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
13
ShuninAnton Shunin (GK)
4
KamińskiMarcin Kamiński
3
SharonovRoman Sharonov
6
MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution85
9
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution79
8
RybusMaciej Rybus
14
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution70
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
15
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
17
SobiechArtur Sobiech
18
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
18
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution73
19
GranatVladimir Granat
19
WolskiRafał Wolski
20
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
21
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
21
NababkinKirill Nababkin
23
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution90+3
22
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
23
SemshovIgor Semshov

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

István Vad (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Florian Meyer (GER), Deniz Aytekin (GER)

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