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Euro 2012 Predictions and Preview: Poland vs Russia

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.

Euro 2012 Highlights: Russia and Poland Draw Even

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."

EURO 2012: Poland vs Russia Timeline

  • 90+3' - The whistle has gone to end the second half. The match finishes 1-1.
  • 90+3' - Pawel Brozek is replacing Ludovic Obraniak for the Home team.
  • 90' - 3 minutes will be added to the Second half.
  • 85' - Adam Matuszczyk (Poland) has replaced the possibly injured Eugen Polanski.
  • 83' - Russia have been awarded a corner by Wolfgang Stark. Andrey Arshavin steps up to take it.
  • 82' - Poland drive forward but Robert Lewandowski is judged offside.
  • 82' - Russia's Eugen Polanski looks ok and returns to the pitch.
  • 81' - Ludovic Obraniak gets his shot on target but fails to score for Poland.
  • 80' - Play has been resumed at National Stadium Warsaw.
  • 79' - Eugen Polanski is booked for the Home team.
  • 79' - Russia make their Second substitution with Marat Izmailov replacing Alan Dzagoev.
  • 79' - Play has been interrupted briefly in Warsaw to check on Eugen Polanski, who is grimacing with pain.
  • 77' - Poland are coming forward and Sebastian Boenisch gets in a strike, it misses the target, however.
  • 76' - Robert Lewandowski (Poland) gets in a strike but the shot is blocked by a defender.
  • 75' - Alan Dzagoev for Russia has been booked by Wolfgang Stark and receives a first yellow card.
  • 74' - In Warsaw Poland attack through Adrian Mierzejewski. The finish is off target, however.
  • 73' - The Home team replace Dariusz Dudka with Adrian Mierzejewski.
  • 73' - Russia's Roman Pavlyuchenko is whistled for offside at National Stadium Warsaw.
  • 72' - Russia drive forward and Andrey Arshavin gets in a shot. Without netting, however.
  • 70' - Roman Pavlyuchenko is on a sub for Aleksandr Kerzhakov for Russia.
  • 69' - Poland's Eugen Polanski is on target but unsuccessful.
  • 68' - Russia push forward through Alan Dzagoev, whose finish on goal is saved.
  • 66' - In Warsaw Yuri Zhirkov for Russia takes a corner from the Right-hand flag.
  • 65' - Poland's Rafal Murawski gets his shot away but it misses the target.
  • 63' - Corner awarded to Russia.
  • 60' - At National Stadium Warsaw, Igor Denisov has been yellow-carded for the Away team.
  • 60' - Robert Lewandowski (Poland) has been booked and must now be careful not to get a second yellow card.
  • 57' - Goal! Poland go level at 1-1 through Jakub Blaszczykowski in Warsaw.
  • 56' - Poland's Lukasz Piszczek gets in a shot but it is blocked by a Russia defender.
  • 52' - Russia's Andrey Arshavin breaks free at National Stadium Warsaw. But the strike goes wide of the post.
  • 47' - Damien Perquis (Poland) wins the ball in the air but heads wide.
  • 47' - Wolfgang Stark has awarded Poland a corner. Ludovic Obraniak takes the kick from the Left .
  • 46' - At National Stadium Warsaw Ludovic Obraniak (Poland) takes a corner from the Left.
  • 46' - The second-half is now underway.
  • 45+2' - Wolfgang Stark blows to end the first-half.
  • 45+1' - The fourth official's board shows 2 minutes, which will be added to the First half.
  • 43' - In Warsaw Russia attack through Roman Shirokov. The finish is off target, however.
  • 43' - At National Stadium Warsaw Andrey Arshavin (Russia) takes a corner from the Right.
  • 39' - Jakub Blaszczykowski of Poland smashes in a shot on target. The keeper saves, though.
  • 37' - Goal! Russia take a 0-1 lead through a well-placed header from Alan Dzagoev.
  • 37' - Andrey Arshavin with an assist there.
  • 34' - Important block from the Poland defence as Alan Dzagoev fires in a strike for Russia.
  • 28' - Aleksandr Kerzhakov for Russia gets in a strike but fails to hit the target.
  • 26' - Poland's Marcin Wasilewskigoes close with his head but his effort is blocked.
  • 25' - In Warsaw, Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Russia) misses the target with a header.
  • 21' - Marcin Wasilewski (Poland) is first to the ball but his header is off-target.
  • 21' - Wolfgang Stark has awarded Poland a corner. Ludovic Obraniak takes the kick from the Left.
  • 18' - Poland's Eugen Polanski has run offside.
  • 15' - Damien Perquis has recovered and rejoins the match in Warsaw.
  • 14' - Play is underway once more.
  • 13' - Wolfgang Stark waits before resuming play because Damien Perquis for Russia is still down.
  • 11' - Poland are pushing forward but Robert Lewandowski's finish is wide of the goal.
  • 10' - In Warsaw Russia's Aleksandr Kerzhakov is caught offside.
  • 8' - Russia have been awarded a corner by Wolfgang Stark. Andrey Arshavin steps up to take it.
  • 7' - In Warsaw Ludovic Obraniak for Poland takes a corner from the Left-hand flag.
  • 7' - Poland's Robert Lewandowski gets in a shot on goal at National Stadium Warsaw. But the effort is unsuccessful.
  • 5' - Corner awarded to Russia.
  • 1' - The match is underway in Warsaw.

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