European Championship

June 12, 2012

Full-time

Poland

1 - 1

Russia

Group A

18:45 +00:00, June 12, 2012

Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

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    That concludes the second round of fixtures in Group A. The group is delicately poised with all four teams in the mix.

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    Well deserved draw for hosts Poland who had the better chances throughout. Russia move one point closer to the next stage.

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    FULL TIME Poland 1-1 Russia

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    Free-kick almost finds Brozek, but cleared by Russia. Tense finish

  • 90'

    Brozek replaces Obraniak

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    Free-kick to Poland 30 yards out. Arshavin fouls Piszczek off the ball.

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    Zhirkov is in behind the defence for Russia, but stumbles over his pull-back. Poland look to counter.

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    Three minutes added time...

  • 89'

    Russia have stemmed the tide. Lewandowski has the ball wide, but they can't get the ball into a scoring position.

  • 88'

    Zhirkov hasn't read the script and crosses to goalkeeper Tyton. Poland have possession.

  • 88'

    Russia keeping the ball calmly, playing down the clock.

  • 87'

    Poland pile forward once again, but Denisov and Ignashevich combine to stop the counter.

  • 86'

    Russia playing down the clock now. The Polish fans are baying for a goal.

  • 84'

    Matuszczyk replaces Polanski

  • 83'

    Russia keeping the ball now. Shirokov crosses, but claimed by Tyton.

  • 82'

    Corner to Russia. Wasilewski yet again doing his job manfully Russia take it short.

  • 81'

    Russia now looking to slow things down. They wont want to lose this.

  • 80'

    Back underway and Poland counter well. Obraniak eventually gets a good shot away at goal. Well saved by Malafeev.

  • 79'

    Izmailov replaces Dzagoev

  • 78'

    Tackles flying in and both Zhirkov and Polanski are down. Delay in play.

  • 77'

    Almost an opening for Russia with Boenisch out of position. Pavlyuchenko cant quite link up with Dzagoev at the edge of the area.

  • 76'

    Boenisch manufactures a shot coming infield from the left. The shot, though, does not match the build-up play and flies well over.

  • 75'

    Dzagoev booked for dissent

  • 74'

    Mierzejewski almost makes an immediate impact, firing wide from 25 yards.

  • 74'

    Mierzejewski replaces Dudka

  • 73'

    Poland's latest attack comes to an end with a poor cross from the left foot of Boenisch. Had been building nicely.

  • 72'

    Arshavin makes a mess up of his cross this time. From the left, the Arsenal forward looks to pick out Pavlyuchenko, but finds only Tyton.

  • 71'

    The pressure is telling on both sides. Dick Advocaat looks a nervous man in the technical area.

  • 70'

    Poland piling forward again. Obraniak has a shot blocked by Zhirkov.

  • 70'

    Pavlyuchenko replaces Kerzhakov

  • 69'

    Malafeev makes another brilliant save. Polanski gets a shot away from eight yards, well saved by the Russian stopper.

  • 68'

    Dzagoev close to grabbing a second. A terrific one-two with Kerzhakov and the youngster fires at goal left-footed. Saved by Tyton.

  • 66'

    Russian corner once more, Zhirkov to take. Swung into the centre, but a foul given for pushing in the six-yard box.

  • 65'

    Murawski, inspired by his team-mate's effort, attempts to find the back of the net from 30 yards. Miles over the bar.

  • 64'

    Arshavin looking dangerous once more, driving forward from the left. Tackled by Wasilewski.

  • 63'

    Corner to Russia. Taken by Arshavin from the left and Wasilewski rises high to head clear.

  • 62'

    Poland now need to settle themselves down. Some poor passing in midfield since the goal. Passions running high.

  • 61'

    This game has an edge to it now. Russia piling forward on the attack.

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    Denisov and Lewandowski

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    A flare-up in midfield between Denisov and Lewandowski. The Russian looked to react to the challenge.

  • 59'

    The crowd, as expected, is going wild in Warsaw. This was what the hosts needed.

  • 58'

    Poland are level and deservedly so. They have been excellent in this game.

  • 57'

    GOAL Poland 1-1 Russia Kuba spanks the ball home!!! Jakub Blaszczykowski capitalises on Arshavin's profligacy to lash home a shot left-footed from 20 yards. That was emphatic!

  • 56'

    Andrei Arshavin has done brilliantly, until the final pass. With three waiting in the centre, he manages to pick out the only defender!

  • 55'

    Almost immediately as Perquis' slip and Boenisch's sliced clearance sets up Zhirkov. The Russian's shot is sliced just as badly.

  • 54'

    End-to-end stuff. More goals to come soon you feel.

  • 53'

    Poland burst forward down the right, but with the ball rolling dangerously across the area, Lewandowski is penalised.

  • 52'

    Perquis has just saved Poland. Kerzhakov looks to be through on goal, but Perquis executes a perfect sliding tackle.

  • 51'

    Big chance for Arshavin inside the area on the left. A clear shot at goal is sliced horribly, though, and rolls for a throw-on.

  • 50'

    Big opportunity for Lewandowski, who sprung the offside trap from Obraniak's pass. Malafeev, though, is off his line like a rocket to throw himself in the way of the ball.

  • 49'

    Russia hit back and twice could have cut through, but for poor final passes from Kerzhakov.

  • 48'

    Fine start to the half from Poland. Just what they needed.

  • 47'

    Two corners in a row and two great deliveries. First cleared by Ignashevich, second headed over by Perquis in the centre of the goal. Should hit the target.

  • 46'

    So close to an immediate breakthrough. Polanski slips through Lewandowski, who rounds Malafeev, but the angle is against the striker. Corner.

  • 46'

    Back underway for the second-half in Warsaw...

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    KICK OFF!

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    Lewandowski, who we've seen scoring all season in Germany, has been the most likely threat so far. He looks in the mood.

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    The crowds in the centre of Warsaw are disappointed aat the moment. Can their team give them something to shout about?

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    Hopefully for Franciszek Smuda his side can get a second wind. The pace of their play dropped significantly in the first period.

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    Poland started brightly and could easily have been ahead. Russia though have made them pay.

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    HALF TIME Poland 0-1 Russia

  • 45'

    Three in the box for Russia as Zhirkov looks to cross. More of an up-and-under than a cross though. Tyton claims.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added-time...

  • 45'

    Could have been a Russian penalty for a barge on Dzagoev in the area. Somehow, though, the decision goes the other way. Bemusing.

  • 44'

    Kerzhakov fouls Polanski in midfield, but the decision is only belatedly given with the Russians rushing forward

  • 43'

    Poland, though, regroup well to clear Arshavin's corner.

  • 42'

    Rapid counter from Russia. Kerazhakov down the right looks to hammer a low cross to Shirokov, but Wasilewski cuts out the cross.

  • 41'

    Replays show the goal flicked off Dzagoev's shoulder. Brilliant run though.

  • 40'

    Russia look to calm things down. They are in the lead and comfortable.

  • 39'

    Good save from Malafeev at the other end as Poland look for an immediate response. Blaszczykowski testing the keeper from 20 yards.

  • 38'

    Dreadful marking from Poland and they pay the price.

  • 37'

    GOAL Poland 0-1 Russia Dzagoev with a header!!! Lovely free-kick swung in by Arshavin and Dzagoev has stormed ahead of his marker to flick a header past the helpless Tyton.

  • 36'

    Free-kick to Russia. Wasilewski clatters Zyryanov on the Russian left.

  • 35'

    Poland defending in numbers now as Russia come forward. So far, so good for the defenders.

  • 34'

    Shirokov almost gets in behind the defence from a long-ball over the top. Russia clawing their way into the ascendency.

  • 33'

    Some glimpses of brilliance from Arshavin as he sets up Zyrzanov for a shot. Russia need him to perform.

  • 32'

    Slight delay as Blaszczykowki catches Ignashevich. The big centre back will be alright to continue though.

  • 31'

    Dudka is told off by referee Stark for a late tackle in midfield. Needs to be carful now.

  • 30'

    Some frustration for Russia as a wild shot flies wide. They have been second best so far.

  • 29'

    Kerzhakov proving a good outlet for Russia. But, when forced wide there is then little to aim for in the area.

  • 28'

    Kerzhakov comes forward towards goal and shoots from range. Well over the bar for the out of sorts striker.

  • 27'

    Crossed in by Arshavin himself, but easily claimed by Tyton. Russia come straight back again with Kerzhakov on the right, but his cross narrowly evades Arshavin in the centre.

  • 26'

    Russia now have a free-kick of their own. Arshavin blocked by Piszczek on the the left.

  • 25'

    Poland have a free-kick 35 yards out. Wacilewski wins the header from Obraniak's cross, caught by Malafeev.

  • 24'

    Russia look to get back in control of the game. Under pressure.

  • 23'

    Brilliant stuff from Poland. Blaszczykowski fires the ball across the face of goal, with Lewandowski and Polanski close to turning the ball home.

  • 22'

    Really good spell from Poland. Boenisch gets down the left, but his cross is charged down by Anyukov.

  • 21'

    Lovely, deep corner once more from Obraniak. Wasilewski rises high to head over.

  • 20'

    Lewandowski almost has another chance to swing that mighty left-foot. Ignashevich clears for a corner.

  • 19'

    Polish euphoria was short lived. But, encouragement for the hosts.

  • 18'

    OFFSIDE! Polanski has the ball in the net after a wonderful, flowing passing move. Chalked off for offside.

  • 17'

    Free-kick given to Poland in their own area. Marcin Wasilewski fouled by Kerzhakov.

  • 16'

    Slow progress from Russia coming forward. No real threat from a long spell of possession.

  • 15'

    Perquis is now back on for Poland after a bit of treatment. 11 v 11 again.

  • 14'

    Better spell for Russia, with the Zenit trio in midfield passing the ball nicely.

  • 13'

    Delay in play. Perquis has gone down injured after that clash with Kerzhakov. Looks like a stud has cut open his leg.

  • 12'

    Appeals for a penalty as Perquis tackles Kerzhakov in the area. Took a good chunk of the ball though.

  • 11'

    Lovely strike! Murawski heads down a ball for Lewandowski who swings a left foot at the ball. Narrowly over the bar from 25 yards.

  • 10'

    Zyryanov plays a lovely ball over the top to Alexander Kerzhakov, but the Russian forward is flagged offside.

  • 9'

    Arshavin swings in a corner from the left. Gathered by Tyton under his own crossbar.

  • 8'

    Another Boenisch header, this time from a corner. Malafeev saves well once more.

  • 7'

    Brilliant save from Malafeev. Crossed in by Murawski and Boenisch wins a good header, shaved smartly by the Russian stopper.

  • 6'

    Free-kick to Poland 35 yards out and on the right flank. Zhirkov fouls Blaszczykowski.

  • 5'

    Arshavin takes the corner short and quickly gets the ball back. Crossed in from the right and Murawski clears.

  • 4'

    Anyukov gets forward down the right for Russia and looks to get past Boenisch. Corner won.

  • 3'

    End-to-end so far, with Kerzhakov's cross narrowly avoiding Shirokov for Russia.

  • 2'

    First free-kick of the game. Blaszczykowski blocked by Denisov as he looked to maraud down the right flank.

  • 1'

    Poland kick-off and work the ball to Piszczek at right-back. He is hassled well by Arshavin. Throw-in.

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    KICK OFF!

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    "This is Russia" flag unfurled in the stadium - Not really helping matters, that.

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    Anthem time now. Russia, then Poland.

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    Here come the teams to a raucous reception in Warsaw. This means a lot to both sets of fans. Anthem time.

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    Just over ten minutes until kick-off. Can Arshavin repeat his performance of Friday? Will Lewandowski score?

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    Police in Warsaw are reporting 56 arrests so far today ahead of the game, more to follow later.

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    Just the two changes to the line-ups then, both coming for Poland. Suspended goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is replaced by Przemyslaw Tyton. Dariuzs Dudka replaces Maciej Rybus in midfield.

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    Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin.

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    Poland: Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Dudka, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Murawski, Obraniak, Lewandowski. Subs: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Matuszczyk, Rybus, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek.

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    A heavy police presence has controlled the violence so far

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    A preview of tonight's game is available on site - Here

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    A latest report on the outbreaks of violence between the two sets of supporters can be found - here

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    Just 40 minutes away from kick-off now, as Poland face Russia in Warsaw. Hosts Poland badly need a win, whilst the Russians are in pole position in Group A. There is bound to be tension, on and off the pitch.