Group Elimination A: Tuesday, 12 June 2012 - Warsaw - National Stadium
Poland will play host again and have their second meeting against Russia in Group A at Stadion National Stadium June 12,2012. Poland will be heavily supported by their wild fans who fill stadiums ambition to be able to win this second match.
Super stud striker Robert Ledwandoski will once again be heavily depended on to provide his scoring punch. It will be up to him to be able to win this match as the capital to fight Rep.Ceko in the last game. With the victory this victory in his own back yard can be a memorable one if Poland can pull this off.
As for Russia itself, although on paper they will not be carried away underdog. With the defeat Poland will break down the motivation of the players. Russia is completely stacked with star players such as striker and no doubt Russia’s most valuable player Roman Pavlyuchenko, Andrey Arshavin and Alan Dzagoev and some young players.
But don’t jump on Russia’s band wagon so soon, They are at a disadvantage due to the home crowd of Poland and with support from thousands of supporters who would have packed the stadium. Russia coach Dick Advocaat believes that they can definitely beat Poland. Russians think they are the toughest opponents in Group A. Czech Republic met with the Polish on a test event in 2007, with the interminable 2-2.
Last Five Matches Polish:
June 2, 2012, Poland 4-0 Andorra
May 26, 2012, Poland 1-0 Slovakia
May 23, 2012, Latvia 1-0 Poland
March 1, 2012, Poland 0-0 Portugal
November 16, 2011, Poland 2-1 Hungary
Last Five Matches Russia:
June 2, 2012, Italy 0-3 Russia
May 30, 2012, Lithuania 0-0 Russia
May 25, 2012, Russia 1-1 Uruguay
March 1, 2012, Denmark 0-2 Russia
Predictions: Russia wins 2-1
Even though Poland has the home field advantage, everyone could see how Russia defeated Czech Republic in their last game with a score of 4-1. But like what we have said earlier, don't jump on Russia's band wagon so soon because of the home crowd of Poland.
Russian striker Alan Dzagoev continues to dominate the European Championship by scoring his 3rd goal of the tournament and Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski’’s goal tied it in the second half as Russia and Poland deadlocked 1-1 Tuesday.
The match was marred before kickoff by fighting between hooligans from both countries, leaving several people injured as thousands of Russian fans marched to celebrate the Russia Day national holiday.
Dzagoev darted past defender Lukasz Piszczek in the 37th minute and sent a glancing header beyond goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton after a curling free kick from Andrei Arshavin.
But Poland was rewarded for its attacking intent in the 57th when Blaszczykowski cut in from the right and sent a searing left-foot drive into the far corner of the goal.
"I think we deserve praise because all of us put a lot into this match," Blaszczykowski said. "The tactics we set up before the match we carried out 100 percent."
The result left Russia at the top of Group A with four points but also kept alive Poland's chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals.
"We're still in the tournament, so with this point a win in our final match puts us into the knockout stage," Blaszczykowski said.
Russia's football federation pleaded with its fans to behave after video emerged online of supporters beating stewards at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw during the match against the Czech Republic, warning that more trouble could cost the team points.
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian federation following the trouble in Wroclaw.
On the field, Russia's rampant attack in the opening 4-1 win over the Czechs was largely muzzled by a well-organized Polish defense. At the other end, Robert Lewandowski was a constant threat.
"When we went 1-0 up, I thought we'd get more space like we did again the Czech Republic, but that didn't happen," Advocaat said. "We lost the ball too fast when we were going forward and they could counter. We left the field too open."
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