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Preview: Ukraine v Poland

Poland coach Adam Nawałka is taking nothing for granted against an eliminated Ukraine team determined to "correct the mistakes they've made" in their previous Group C matches.

Adam Nawałka says Poland will not be taking Ukraine lightly
Adam Nawałka says Poland will not be taking Ukraine lightly ©Panoramic
  • Ukraine meet fellow UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland in Group C
  • Poland are second with four points and need a draw to guarantee a last-16 place
  • Ukraine have lost to Germany and Northern Ireland and are already eliminated
  • Poland have not beaten their neighbours in their last five contests
  • Ukraine defeated Poland twice in 2014 World Cup qualifying

Possible line-ups
Boyko; Butko, Khacheridi, Kucher, Shevchuk; Rybalka, Rotan, Garmash; Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka; Zozulya.

Poland: Fabiański; Cionek, Glik, Pazdan, Jędrzejczyk; Błaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Zieliński, Kapustka; Milik, Lewandowski.
Out: Szczęsny (unspecified)
Doubtful: none
Misses next match if booked: Grosicki, Kapustka, Mączyński, Peszko, Piszczek

Coach quotes
Mykhailo Fomenko, Ukraine
My players understand they have one more game to go in such a huge tournament and they'll do everything to correct the mistakes they've made in previous matches. They will try to play as they should have done.

I don't have anything to complain about because the players prepared very well. I will take a decision about my future after the tournament. We say sorry to our supporters and I think my players will try to improve the relationship between the national team and the fans.

Ukraine's loss to Northern Ireland ended their last-16 hopes
Ukraine's loss to Northern Ireland ended their last-16 hopes©Panoramic

It's not very good to make a lot of changes to the team, but there will definitely be some.

Adam Nawałka, Poland
This is now our most important match – that's our approach. Ukraine are a good side with highly talented players. They appear in European competitions with their clubs, so that's why we need to be well-prepared, both emotionally and tactically.

It's important that everyone is ready and I can rely on them. The decision [on the line-up] is always made after the final training session, and that will be the same tonight. I don't want to talk about where we want to finish; it's the three points that matter.

There were periods against Germany when Ukraine created chances to equalise. They carry a threat at set pieces and played very well that day. This shows they are strong.

UEFA.com team reporters
Bogdan Buga, Ukraine (@UEFAcomBogdanB)
"There are games you play for the result and there are those you play for honour," midfielder Ruslan Rotan told me yesterday. This is the case for Ukraine. With a lot of the players seemingly still in a state of shock after the squad's early elimination, their mental condition is a major issue for the coaching staff. What is likely to be a much-changed side will badly want to leave France with a win and give at least some consolation to their supporters.

Robert Lewandowski: five games without a goal for Poland
Robert Lewandowski: five games without a goal for Poland©AFP/Getty Images

Piotr Koźmiński, Poland (@UEFAComPiotrK)
Poland's confidence is up and there could be changes for their final game, with Bartosz Kapustka tipped to start. Fringe players are desperate to impress Nawałka, while the team are adamant that first place in the group is a must. Robert Lewandowski is hungry for goals and Arkadiusz Milik seeking vindication after a couple of misses against Germany. Poland know Ukraine are still dangerous, yet they want the victory. My prediction: a one-goal success.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)

Did you know?
Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) and Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) won the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League together with Sevilla; they had been on opposite sides when Sevilla beat Dnipro in the 2015 final. Find out more in our extensive match background.

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