Russia 1 Poland 1 – Jakub Błaszczykowski keeps co-hosts alive
Russia may have enjoyed a big opening win at Euro 2012 although Dick Advocaat’s team were left frustrated in Warsaw on Tuesday night by a spirited Poland team who produced an improved performance to stay in the tournament.
June 12th, 2012
A draw was the right result with both teams creating several chances throughout the game and the moment of the match was clearly Jakub Błaszczykowski’s equaliser which saw the Polish captain cut inside and there was no stopping his powerful finish.
Just a minute before this, Russia had counter-attacked although Andrei Arshavin’s poor pass not only saw the move break down but ultimately cost his team a victory which would have meant Dick Advocaat could have rested players for the Greece game.
However, the Russians will now look to beat the Greeks and avoid a possible quarter final match against Germany, with Alan Dzagoev becoming the tournament top scorer by heading in from an Arshavin free-kick.
Dzagoev also had a good chance to fire his team into a 2-1 lead before being withdrawn by the manager, with the CSKA Moscow winger clearly infuriated at not being awarded a free-kick and receiving a yellow card for his troubles.