Poland 1-1 Russia – UEFA EURO 2012 GROUP A MATCH REVIEW
Group A will come go down the final matchday as Russia and Poland drew 1-1, after a tense and exciting match in Warsaw.
Alan Dzagoev kept up his red-hot form in the first half as he put Russia ahead, 1-0 in the 37th minuet through a header from an Andrei Arshavin free kick.
In the second half, Jakub Błaszczykowski scored a captains goal as he hit a left-footed shot past a diving Vyacheslav Malafeev.
Both teams will have their fate decided on the final matchday, as all four Group positions are still up for grabs.
Prematch buildup focused more on politics than team news, as Russian supporters attempted to march through Warsaw to celebrate their day of independence from the Soviet Union. Despite turmoil outside the stadium both teams were calm ahead of the match.
Poland made two changes to their team that earned a 1-1 draw with Greece, as the hero from the Greece match Przemysław Tytoń replaced the suspended Wojciech Szczęsny in goal, and Maciej Rybus made way for a more defensive minded Dariusz Dudka in midfield.
Russia made no changes to the team that destroyed the Czech Republic 4-1, as Dick Advocaat hoped his team could produce a similar performance.
Just like their first match Poland started the better side, building pressure for the first 30 minutes, but unlike their first match they failed to capitalize on their early good play.
After withstanding the early Polish pressure, Russia took the lead in the 37th minute through an Alan Dzagoev header from a wonderful struck dead ball from captain Andrei Arshavin.
The rest of the half was fairly Russian dominant, and Poland was left to resorting to counter attacks as the Russian pressure mounted.
In the second half the Poland team looked like the one that started the Greece match and showed their strong counter attacking game, which culminated with them leveling up the match. In the 57th minute Polish captain Jakub Błaszczykowski affectionately known as “Kuba”, sent in a powerful, yet accurate left footed shot into the side netting.
After the match was level, the overall quality of play went down while the card count rose. Four yellows were handed out, as the tension from outside the stadium finally manifested its self on the pitch. Russia slightly had the better possession in the last 30 minutes but Poland utilized their counters and looked the team most likely to score.
With the shared points both Poland and Russia still have a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals. Russia just need a draw against Greece, while Poland can guarantee their passage to the last eight with a win again the Czech Republic.
Man of The Match: Jakub Błaszczykowski
Bum of The Match: Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Teams Remaining Schedule:
Czech Republic vs. Poland – June 16th 20:45 – Municipal Stadium, Wrocław
Russia vs. Greece – June 16th 20:45 – National Stadium, Warsaw