• FT

    Greece

    1

    Czech Rep

    2

  • FT

    Poland

    1

    Russia

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

Attendance: 53617

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Poland

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski 57'

1 - 1

FT

Russia

  • Alan Dzagoev 37'
Watch Live on: ESPN, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    The quality and drama of that game makes you realize just how badly that bloody Jabulani killed the 2010 World Cup

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    James Tyler: Thanks, all! Join us again tomorrow.

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    James Tyler: My two-second response: Germany by 2.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    quick poll question germany or netherlands to win

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    James Tyler: Follow us on the Twitters:
    @JeffreyCarlisle
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    James Tyler: And of course, yours truly, James Tyler. Thanks for sticking with us through this one. I must run to help with the postgame wrap (and finish an article of my own). Thanks all for taking part and entertaining us with your jokes, comments and insight. Really enjoying the Euros thus far, especially in that I get to spend so many games in the live chat.

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    [Comment from CB]
    I've kept my clean sheet of not getting any real work done in the afternoon.

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    James Tyler: Thanks to Roger Bennett, erstwhile quipper and insight-provider!

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    James Tyler: Thanks to Jeff Carlisle for thoughts from inside the Warsaw National Stadium! Hup, Jeff, Hup!

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    James Tyler: Thanks to Jason York! Statsie!

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    James Tyler: Promises to be an absolute festival of drama.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. And thanks for partaking. We'll be back tomorrow for NETHERLANDS v. GERMANY

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    Roger Bennett: Group A. mocked ahead of the tournament. But given it two of the best games so far. Poles were immense today. I hope this game remains just that, and not an international incident. great sharing it with you

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    James Tyler: So, the table:
    1. Russia 4pts
    2. Czech Republic 3pts
    3. Poland 2pts
    4. Greece 1pt

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    Jason York: Good afternoon everybody from ESPN Stats and Info, we'll see you again soon!

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    [Comment from Iggy]
    Roger, you've had some brilliant one liners this chat. You've just won yourself a Twitter follower

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Saturday's gonna be awesome

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    Cheers for another entertaining chat gents.

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    James Tyler: Not sure, Bobby T. He's been good but Szczesny still the #1.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Does TYTON keep starting GK spot for next game?

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    [Comment from Nate]
    If Poland play like this, they can certainly handle the Czechs. Greece is going to get embarrassed in match 3. Russia and Poland coming out.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    WIDE open group.

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    James Tyler: Poland 1, Russia 1. Alan Dzagoev's shoulder goal from a set-piece eclipsed by Jakub Blaszczykowski's thunderous strike in the second half.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    1-1 FT Epic Polish performance. None of these men will ever have to put his hand in his pocket to buy a Pierogi in Warsaw again

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    James Tyler: THERE IT IS. Full-Time. All the guts and gusto couldn't force a decisive result. All to play for in the final Group A fixtures on Saturday.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Russia & Poland

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    [Comment from andy]
    Russia and Poland will come out

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    James Tyler: Whistles now, the three minutes is up...

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    James Tyler: CHANCE! Brozek effort is blocked! How about that for a first touch?

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Russian fans outnumbered but making their presence felt. #euro2012

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    James Tyler: Lucky Brozek gets the Theo Walcott Injury Time Special.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Obraniak off, Pawel Brozek on.

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    James Tyler: Russia slaps Greece at the weekend and Poland muddles a win off the Czechs. Russia 1st, Poland 2nd.

  •  

    [Comment from wayner]
    Anticipating a draw, who do you think is coming out of this group?

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    James Tyler: Piszczek is down following a collision.

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    James Tyler: 90 SECONDS LEFT

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    James Tyler: Poland threaten on the edge of the box but it's cleared. Izmailov loses possession and the Poles might have one more swing at this.

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    James Tyler: Nope, Ben Lee. The Englishman in me would love to believe, but we're rubbish on penalties and I believe Paraguay won a shoot-out or two in that Copa, did they not...?

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    [Comment from Ben Lee]
    I said this yesterday, England will get to the Finals. Drawing on all their games. Winning on Penalty Shootouts(ha!) then promptly getting crushed by Spain in the Finals. Like last Copa America's Paraguay.

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    James Tyler: Seriously, Rog. You should tweet that.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arshavin accidentally flipped his switch from "Russia" to "Arsenal"

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    James Tyler: THREE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME REMAINING.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    Jason York, you are quality.

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    James Tyler: Agreed, Andy.

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    [Comment from andy]
    Poland has been miles better in the second half

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Russia inside the Polish half following a foul by Lewandowski, it's taken quickly but Poland wins it back and breaks well up the other end. Right-wing cross is overhit and Lewandowski can't get a shot in.

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    Jason York: Obrianiak has set up eight shots so far - only two players have ever set up more in a single match at the Euros

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    James Tyler: 1-1, CB

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    [Comment from CB]
    Who would you take in the England-Liechtenstein tilt in 2016?

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    James Tyler: No. Don't meddle with a good thing.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Should Euro be expanded to a 24-team tournament, James?

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    James Tyler: End to end stuff but not getting into the box at either end. Promising attacks stalling out.

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    James Tyler: They will scrape into quarters and lose pridefully.

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    [Comment from guest]
    How far do u think england can go,infact i dont see them going beyond quarter final if they manage to get out of the group stage

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    James Tyler: Thanks, mikeandike.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    SZCZ is actually represented by one letter in a Cyrillic alphabet-at some point the Polish converted to a latin alphabet, hence the confusion...

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    James Tyler: FOUR MINUTES OF NORMAL TIME LEFT.

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    James Tyler: Mercifully, I'm typing and not speaking. So I'll demur and get back to the action.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    What about pronouncing Polish names, James?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Matt. Think my crystal ball needs repairs. Few attacks to speak of in the last few minutes.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Didn't James say the score would be 2--2? James needs some goals quickly...

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    James Tyler: The key to spelling Polish names, I've discovered, is similar to the "I before E" rule in English. SZ before CZ. Will help you navigate even the trickiest surname.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Polanski leaves the field. He's heading into Chinatown to celebrate Kuba's goal. Carnage.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    vuvuzelas draw a pavlovian response from me- if I hear one, I start scrambling around trying to find the TV with the game on....

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Because of this failure of Poland to score in the 82nd minute...LIKE JACK SAID, Poland should forfeit the game.

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    [Comment from CB]
    Jack: worse than Joey Barton

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: The knee-knackered Polanski is off, Adam Matuszczyk on.

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    [Comment from Rory (GFOP)]
    What a tournament thus far

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Let's all gang up on Jack! Jack, you're wrong, man! Bad Jack. Bad Bad Jack.

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    [Comment from Jack]
    I said earlier that Poland would score in the 82nd minute they have failed me.

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    James Tyler: It's my thetans pulsing, I think.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Spidey sense or a high Midiclorian count, James?

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    Roger Bennett: Mike. It is well worth catching in replay. both sides slogging away against each other. open, flowing yet physical. best game of a brilliant tournament

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Roger, was that Von Trapp-ian Vuvuzela album a tribute to the US National Team? Maybe it could be our new anthem?

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    James Tyler: Corner for Russia as Zyryanov's cross is blocked behind.

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    James Tyler: It did, Mike. Wasteful though with limited chances. Still sense there's a winner in this...

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Can't watch the game, but from the commentary, sounds like Poland came out a lot more aggressive in the second half.

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    Jason York: This could be the fourth 1-1 draw in Euro 2012 - the last time there were as many was at Euro 1996 (5)

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    James Tyler: Excellent point, GGM. It's like a magic eye puzzle but with letters.

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    is it me but does Marat Izmailov's name sound better backwards: Voliamzi Taram?

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    James Tyler: NINE MINUTES REMAINING

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! A quick break gives Ludovic Obraniak room to shoot on the left side of the area but it's low and easy for Malafeev.

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    James Tyler: Polanski is still down injured following his knee-knock with Yuri Zhirkov. Crowd is agitated.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    I love the vuvu's. Had such a peaceful hum to them. You can actually pick up a CD of 'Moods: Stadium Ambiances' at your local Target.

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    Jason York: 2nd half shots: POL 9; RUS 1

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR RUSSIA: Dzagoev off, Marat Izmailov on.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Both sides tired.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    Scrappy game, now, James, no?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Brian. I can highly recommend a Kenny G album that came out in 2011 where he plays the entire Sound of Music Score on a vuvuzela. an acquired tasted but right up your alley

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    no more vuvuzelas, i don't need to be paranoid about a bee hive being in my house

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    [Comment from Nate]
    I liked the vuvuzelas until I had the displeasure of listening to a few at an ice hockey game... in an indoor ice rink....

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    [Comment from GBK]
    Tolerable? If you enjoy the sound of a constant buzz burrowing in your heard, I suppose that's true.

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    James Tyler: Poland trying to force a result but Denisov scrambles to keep Piszczek from getting free down the right. Now Zhirkov and Polanski collide and both act like the victim. Replay shows a nasty knee-to-knee jamboree.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    ok, i too miss the vuvuzelas! it added something, some culture, some noise. Exactly, tolerable and fun in the right context!

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    James Tyler: Most of the time, interminable. Occasionally when used properly, a delight.

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    James Tyler: Look, the vuvuzela is like Andrei Arshavin. Tolerable and fun in the right context.

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    [Comment from Starcade]
    James Tyler is insane if he actually misses the vuvuzuela.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    I thought I was the only one who missed the vuvuzelas

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    James Tyler: A 4 on 4 at the top of the Russian penalty areas ends when Lewandowski selfishly shoots from 20 yards. It is blocked by the defender. Waste. Moments later, Boenisch wastefully skies another shot from the left side of the penalty area.

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    James Tyler: WE HAVE FOURTEEN MINUTES REMAINING

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    [Comment from CW]
    how much time remains in this game of thrones?

  •  

    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    Dzagoev is getting hacked

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    James Tyler: Now, Berezutski hammers Lewandowski inside the Russian half. Free kick inside the Russian half. Obraniak swings it in, intended for Perquis, but it's headed clear.

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    James Tyler: Lively long-range crack from sub Mierzejewski but it's wide. Malafeev lets it whizz out for a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: I miss the vuvuzela. There, I said it.

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    [Comment from CB]
    No Vuvuzelas yet, either...

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    [Comment from Mike]
    James, it would miss the living room and go top corner into your television

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Dudka off, Mierzejewski on.

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    James Tyler: Promising play in the attacking third by Poland is undone by Boenisch on the left wing; a lamentably awful cross goes out for a throw.

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    James Tyler: Rog, don't say that word. Like Beetlejuice, if you say it three times, one will appear and destroy your living room on the volley.

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    [Comment from Seanita]
    think if Pavlyuchenko scores, he'll start the next game?

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    Roger Bennett: This game makes you realize how bad the jabulani was at World Cup 2010

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    [Comment from Jack]
    Poland is going to score in the 82nd minute. I feel it.

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    James Tyler: Arshavin gallops down the left flank but TYTON falls on the low cross.

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    Jason York: Scoring chances in the 2nd half - RUS 1; POL 5

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    James Tyler: SEVENTEEN-AND-A-BIT MINUTES REMAINING.

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    James Tyler: NINETEEN MINUTES REMAINING.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland but Obraniak can't fashion enough room to shoot at the top of the box and his effort is blocked.

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    James Tyler: No; Heskey's much more dangerous.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    James, so Kerzhakov is Russia's Emile heskey?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR RUSSIA, Kerzhakov off, Pavlyuchenko on.

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    James Tyler: Blaszczykowski gets forward on the left side and cuts infield but his right-footed shot is comfortably off-target.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Heavyweight stuff. Enter Cameron Diaz

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    Remember the TYTON

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    James Tyler: Good work by Poland down the right side, Malafeev equal to it.

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    James Tyler: What a save by Malafeev!

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    James Tyler: Iggy, he's doing everything but score. If he keeps making a nuisance of himself in attacking areas, he'll bag one.

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    [Comment from Iggy]
    Don't want to alarm anyone, but Kerzhakov just made a coherently strong play.

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    [Comment from George from Roselle]
    BIG SAVE!

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR RUSSIA! Slick backheel on the edge of the box sets Alan Dzagoev free, but his low left-footed shot is well smothered by TYTON.

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    [Comment from CW]
    what does the possession look like?

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    James Tyler: Might well do... we hear he's warming up.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    we're bound to see Pavlyuchenko soon, no?

  •  

    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    Expecting Pavlyuchenko soon?

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    Roger Bennett: I hope this does not hex him -- bu the ref is having a fabulous game. physical play. So much at stake. yet the lid is firmly on

  •  

    James Tyler: Like the infamous prank collective Anonymous, Statsie is legion.

  •  

    [Comment from Jack]
    Jason York = ESPN Statsie?!

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    James Tyler: ROW ZZ Alert! Murawski hoofs a shot in the general direction of goal from 30 yards. It ends up in the stands. Fine work, Mr. Murawski.

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    Jason York: Blaszczykowski scored six goals in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund this past season, ALL with his right foot.

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    James Tyler: Nailed it, Brian.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Only England plays for draws in intense rivalry games

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    James Tyler: Menacing inswinging corner for Russia but it's nodded clear. Russian attack resets in midfield.

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    James Tyler: CB: playing for a draw just isn't an option for such storied rivals. Imagine Liverpool and Everton snoozing out a game 0-0. I mean, that sometimes happens, but not without some spit and grit from both sides first.

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    [Comment from CB]
    A national rivalry like this one - would either side be content to play for a draw? Or is it win at all costs?

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    James Tyler: Panic for Poland as Zyryanov's curled left-flank cross is nodded clear. Good move down the wing by the Russians.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Dan. I believe I said Russia would score first and we'd have a 2-2 final. Still sticking to that for now.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    I don' think that that was the final goal of the match - what say you, James?

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    [Comment from John]
    It's starting to get chippy!

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    The Magical Yellow card appears?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARDS: Igor Denisov, Robert Lewandowski.

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    James Tyler: A crunching foul in midfield gives way to some pushing and unsavory dialog. Denisov and Murawski going at it, then Lewandowski wades in to apply his two cents to the pushing and pulling.

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    James Tyler: Handbags!

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    [Comment from CB]
    The bend on that was glorious

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    James Tyler: Jeff, how's the crowd now?

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Goal of the tournament so far. Easily

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    James Tyler: An absolute WOOF from Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Beautiful strike, goal of the tournament so far?

  •  

    [Comment from stretch]
    The Dortmund Connection

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Oh my word

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Exhilarating end to end stuff!

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    Fantastic goal

  •  

    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    Oh my god that was amazing.

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    [Comment from POLSKI]
    WHAT A STRIKE!!!

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    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    WOW

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    [Comment from cobs]
    WHAT A STRIKEEEEEEEEEEE

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    James Tyler: A real captain's goal by Kuba!

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    James Tyler: Ball's ferried upfield following another errant Russian attack, Blaszczykowski cuts infield, gets the pass from Piszczek and absolutely crushes it, top corner, past Malafeev. WOOF.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR POLAND! ON THE COUNTER! THE HOME SIDE CAPITALIZES ON ARSHAVIN'S AWFUL PASS!

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    Roger Bennett: WOW

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland but shot is blocked at the edge of the box... now here comes Arshavin.... he scurries to the edge of the box but his cross-field pass is underhit and cleared.

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    Jason York: Poland had some good wide play early on, but it had missed on its last 8 crosses and is now 5-15 overall.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Greatest. Whiff. Ever.

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    James Tyler: Another confident/unchallenged run for Arshavin, he's fairly unpended on the edge of the box and the chance is eventually snuffed out.

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    James Tyler: Foul on Lewandowski! Good play down the right by Poland but the BvB striker trips Anyukov as the low cross comes across goal. Ref calls a free-kick in Russia's favor. Looked extremely innocuous.

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    Jason York: Robert Lewandowski: 15 of his 26 touches in the attacking third, 2 in the penalty area.

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    James Tyler: Perquis does well to slide ahead of Kerzhakov and sweep away a dangerous through-ball.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Keeper is looking more and more like MOM... that was brave.

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    James Tyler: Arshavin looking more Arsenal-esque there; good play to cut infield from the left corner but cuts a sloppy cross/shot across the face of goal.

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    James Tyler: Replay shows Malafeev's heroic punch as Lewandowski roared in on the cross.

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    James Tyler: Nice bright intro to the second 45...

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Russia as Zhirkov breezes past Piszczek on the left side but his cut-back for Kerzhakov is poorly controlled and Poland cleared. Down the other end, Malafeev makes another nifty stop after a Pole broke the offside trap.

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    James Tyler: Good shout, Brian. Very tough to be the pivot in a midfield three but he's getting it done.

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    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    Denisov is the unmentioned hero for Russia right now. Orchestrating very well from midfield.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Poland inside their own half...

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    [Comment from Mike]
    poland is really coming out attacking from the midfield I don't foresee them being able to keep up the frantic pace though

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    [Comment from A]
    Poland needs to slow down and play smart, aim and relax. they need to trust in their abilities.

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    James Tyler: Right, much more purposeful from Poland to open the second half. Imposing its midfield will though Zhirkov breaks up a promising move.

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    James Tyler: Second corner is nodded well over by Damien Perquis.

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    James Tyler: Almost a chance for Poland inside the first 40 seconds! Great run by Lewandowski past Berezutski but the pass it overhit, Malafeev comes out and the striker's shot is blocked! Corner is met by Boenisch but blocked out for another corner.

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    Jason York: Poland could join Romania, Switzerland and Turkey as teams who have failed to win any of their 1st 5 games at Euros.

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    James Tyler: And we're off again!

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    James Tyler: Very true, Jeff. I'm actually going Kerzhakov. Working his backside off to unravel the Polish rearguard for his more talented teammates.

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Arshavin.

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    [Comment from Zenos]
    Arshavin

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    [Comment from oscar]
    kerzhakov, obviously

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Malafeev

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    [Comment from Sam]
    Arshavin

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    [Comment from RodgersRedsRevolution]
    Strangely enough...Kerzhakov

  •  

    [Comment from Max]
    Alan Dzagoev

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: I know Dzagoev will be a popular choice, but Malaveev's saves have been equally crtical.

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Who are people's choices for Man of the Match so far?

  •  

    James Tyler: As long as it takes to finish the half-time keg.

  •  

    [Comment from Jay]
    How long is half time?

  •  

    James Tyler: Oleg Gusiev's contribution from right-back was vital too. Freed up Yarmolenko.

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    James Tyler: A little, @mataoftime. I mean, they were underdogs heading into Sweden game, but pleasing on the eye.

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    Roger Bennett: Pog. Any Progress with the Baby? This just in from Sir Ian Darke:
    Ian Darke ?@IanDarkeESPN
    Watching Poland game in Kharkiv restaurant. Wait for mushroom soup starter now 70 mins. Glad not in Warsaw streets tonight

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    [Comment from Mataoftime]
    Were you all surprised by Ukraine's play last night? Tymoshuck and Nazarenko really busted up and controlled play in midfield and the wing play from Yarmolenko and Konoplienka was sensational. Shevshenko's contribution goes without saying. I think they could win the group if they continue to play like that.

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    James Tyler: @mikeandike -- I'd probably say my last rites and prepare for the afterlife with grace and dignity.

  •  

    [Comment from mikeandike]
    with your life on the line, who would you choose to bury a half-dent chance, Torres and Kerzhakov?

  •  

    James Tyler: Jeff, what's the mood at halftime in the stadium?

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed, Pog gets a shout for guiding his spouse through a truly turbulent time.

  •  

    [Comment from Cornrow]
    Man of the match = giant banner, closely followed by offside flag, Alan Dzagoev Pog and TYTON

  •  

    James Tyler: Shoulder, Rog. Shoulder. Credit the appropriate body part.

  •  

    Jason York: 5 of Russia's last 7 goals at major tournaments have been scored (1) or assisted (4) by Arshavin

  •  

    [Comment from BKBlick via Twitter]
    Media organizations are passing on my videos from today because they're too graphic. #Euro2012

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Dzagoev's header looks better and better

  •  

    James Tyler: To people sending in reports from the pregame violence: understand we can't share at this time. Too much is unknown yet. Situation will be fully reported on as events are corroborated.

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  •  

    James Tyler: Not really, Matt. Refs are by and large letting play flow, I'm noticing. Which is good.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    James -- surprised by the lack of cards in this game?

  •  

    James Tyler: Also, he gets major style points for superfluous punctuation.

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    James Tyler: Ha, a little bit. Actually, Ben Lee, that's a really good shout. Stephane Guivarc'h was in the XI as a hapless decoy for most of the 1998 World Cup, but he did open up tons of room for the class acts around him to thrive.

  •  

    [Comment from Ben Lee]
    JT/Jeff, Does Kerzhakov remind you Guivarch in the 1998 WC?

  •  

    James Tyler: Not yet. Perhaps second half subs, Charlie.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Have we seen an appearance by CROSSBAR or OFF THE POST today?

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: I wasn't far off. Ball possession stats so far:

    Poland 42-58 Russia.

  •  

    James Tyler: Man of the Match so far: OFFSIDE FLAG. With KERZHAKOV a close second in Bizarro-World. But his industry and workrate are giving Russia the territorial edge.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Charlie -- international football typically allows more space to exploit in front of the back four than the Premier League. It is why players like James McFadden appeared magical when playing for their countries, but invisible for their clubs

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Poland needs some DEFENSE. TYTON can only do so much against the constant attack by Russia. Poland's chances are also one and done... need more consistent pressure

  •  

    James Tyler: HALF-TIME: Russia 1, Poland 0. Deserved lead on balance of play as Polish counterattack looks more muzzled than Kane in the Dark Knight Rises trailer.

  •  

    James Tyler: Another cross aimed at Kerzhakov but Wasilewski cleared. Poland tries to counter via Dudka and Obraniak but are harassed off the ball. More Russian pressure but a long ball into the box is gathered by TYTON.

  •  

    James Tyler: Smothered by burly Prem defenders, Charlie. Needs a lot of room to look this good.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Where has this Arshavin been for the past 2 years?

  •  

    James Tyler: TWO MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

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    James Tyler: Another good chance for Russia via Kerzhakov. Their front three is all over Poland's back four.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @travismclark he isn't. But the fact that he is so high upfield means RB can't get fwd. Has to mark Arshavin.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Player of the tournament so far? Headed Goal. 9 out of 24 goals scored so far have been nutted in (Via espn stats)

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    [Comment from Josh]
    If Schevchenko stays healthy, that percentage will go up.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Polish counterattack looks sluggish; fullbacks muzzled. Arshavin and Dzagoev stopping Piszczek/Boenisch getting upfield.

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    Roger Bennett: Jason York -- that is just unbelievable...

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    James Tyler: Iggy's right. As I also pointed out, Dzagoev's should be credited as a shoulder goal.

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    [Comment from Iggy]
    New nickname for Alan Dzagoev- How about "Head and Shoulders"?

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    Jason York: 9 of 24 goals have been scored on headers.

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    James Tyler: Uh oh, more pressure by Kerzhakov forced Boenisch into a giveaway on the right flank, but Wasilewski blocks the low cross from reaching the Russian inside the six yard box.

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    Roger Bennett: What percentage of goals in Euro 2012 have been headed?

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    Roger Bennett: Russian players have found it hard to meld with the locker room culture of the English Premier League.

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    James Tyler: More Russian longballs into the box. They've clearly sussed how to quell the Polish counter-attack. PRESSURE ON THE FULL-BACKS. In muzzling Lukasz Piszczek, it's much easier to neutralize Blaszczykowski on the right wing. Same with Boenisch supporting Obraniak on the left.

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    Roger Bennett: Bily at Everton too...

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    Jason-are you counting USSR in that stat, if so, please allocate the Dynamo Kiev-led teams to Ukraine, thank you

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    James Tyler: Take your pick, Ukie. Three in this Russian squad alone: Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov.

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    Jason York: Russia is 11-0-1 when scoring first at Euros.

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    [Comment from Ukie86]
    Who was the last "Russian Premier League flop"?

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    James Tyler: The Polish response is almost immediate as Malafeev is forced to make a fine parry from Lewandowski's thunderous shot.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    CHOCOLATE!!!!

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    James Tyler: Because, Sam, he is TYTON. Master of the oceans. Lord of the galaxies.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    WHY DO YOU KEEP CAPITALIZING tyton's NAME?!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Alan Dzagoev is known for his menace in the dribble, but what a lethal shoulder blade, too.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Russia score a goal from the Irish and English playbook. Harsh on Poland, but like against Greece, they had looked to run out of impetus.

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    [Comment from Mike (HOU)]
    IN THE BACK OF THE OLD ONION BAG!

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    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    DZAGOEV!!!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: From the freekick won by Zhirkov, Arshavin bends it in menacingly and Alan Dzagoev shoulder-blades it past a helpless TYTON.

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    Roger Bennett: DZAGOEV! cue bidding war between United and Chelsea to see who can make him the next dismal Russian Premier League flop

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR RUSSIA! THE DAM CRACKS!

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    James Tyler: Poland tries to counter after another spell of Russian possession, but Lewandowski is all alone in the Russian half and is dispossessed. Yuri Zhirkov tries to make an inroad but is clattered by Wasilewski.

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    Roger Bennett: Tackles flying in well hard. this is starting to look like a merseyside derby with 11 polish jamie carraghers

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    Jeff Carlisle: Russia's fullbacks are pushing way high up the field.That looks like something Poland could exploit in transition if they're precise with their passes.

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    [Comment from Rory (GFOP)]
    Roger, easy to get confused, I know, but that is the doomsday device

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Who do you think will miss more sitters this tournament, Kerzhakov or Torres?

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    Kerzhakov could not hit the Kremlin Wall from the Lenin Mausoleum

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    James Tyler: Again, Kerzhakov elicits mild panic in the Poland penalty area but TYTON races out to smother the ball.

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    Jason York: Alan Dzagoev: 27 touches thus far, including 9 in the attacking third.

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    Roger Bennett: Kerzhakov is playing as if he is controlled by a computer in Leningrad that is the size of four rooms. All blinking lights and punchcards. And it is malfunctioning

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    Jason York: Kerzhakov has now had 3 shots today without getting one on target, plus seven from the first game.

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    James Tyler: Half an hour gone and chances for both sides: Polanski did have it in the net for Poland but was correctly flagged offside in the build-up.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Rog, is it better than Gary Neville's "In the stars" comments though?

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    Jason York: Crosses thus far: RUS 3 for 7 (2 scoring chances); POL 5 for 7 (3 scoring chances)

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    James Tyler: Selassie was great earlier today. That said, Greek LB should consider getting a new passport and disappearing. An awful tournament for Jose Holebas.

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    Roger Bennett: Derek Rae loves talking about players have their "Shooting boots on." such a great concept.

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    [Comment from grover]
    so far in this tournament, I prefer selassie to piszczek

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    James Tyler: Another off-target hoick by Alexsandr Kerzhakov. I should cut-and-paste that sentence for later.

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    Jason York: Passing in the penalty area: RUS 4-13 (30.8 pct); POL 6-8 (75 pct)

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    James Tyler: At the other end, Arshavin booms a free-kick from the left touchline into TYTON's steely grip.

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    [Comment from BKBlick via Twitter]
    @krmeinert sure

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    James Tyler: aye, Stoyanov. My pick for superstar pin-up right-back of the future is subdued. Likely due to keeping Arshavin in check down the wing. Good wingers stop good full-backs getting forward. It's science.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    Where is Piszczek so far in this match? Barely seen him.

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    James Tyler: Obraniak's free kick from just inside the Russian half is nodded goalward by Wasilewski but right at Malafeev. Easy.

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    Roger Bennett: I find it hard to believe the Polish defenders are going to be able to keep up with the grinding pace of the Russian forward three as the game goes on

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    [Comment from Tim]
    If Roger had a country, I would want to be the US ambassador to it.

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    James Tyler: Good far-post header by Kerzhakov from a left flank cross but it diverts it wide. Of course he does. He missed three hat-tricks of his own against the Czechs.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    Croatia's home kit will always be my favorite!

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    Jason York: Passes completed in the attacking third thus far: RUS 23; POL 22.

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    Roger Bennett: for the record: If i had a country, i would make my national team play in tuxedo t shirts

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    James Tyler: Now, the Poles starting to exert more pressure down the right. A good low cross by Blaszczykowski is just diverted from Lewandowski's right boot. Things starting to open up around Malafeev's goal.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @Indycolt87 Russia?

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    Roger Bennett: Great question. I have always had a soft spot for diagonal stripes ever since Peru 1978. But this russian kit seems cut and paste. Sweden have done it right. Yellow on blue is super tasty

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    James Tyler: My personal fave is the Sweden away look. Diagonal yellow sash on navy blue. Could wear it in lieu of a tuxedo at any fancy event.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    What's your favorite kit of any team in the Euros so far?

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    James Tyler: Cheers, cobs!

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    [Comment from cobs]
    Hello JT, JC and the ESPN team. Thank you for bringing us the EURO'12 goodies! Am highly enjoying your chat + the live telecast.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- there will be chat tomorrow for NETHERLANDS v. GERMANY in another ripsnorter of a battle.

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    [Comment from RodgersRedsRevolution]
    You lads doing the chat tomorrow at all?

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    James Tyler: Berezutski slides through Lewandowski but it's a clean tackle.

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    James Tyler: Corner for Poland but Marcin Wasilewski powers his header over the bar.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Clearly offside... but agree with Roger and James

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    [Comment from grover]
    that was incredible team play!

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    James Tyler: Polanski and Lewandowski combined to sweep through the Russian rearguard and nudge the ball home, but the officials have said no. So there's that.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Polanski looked like he had scored for Poland. It all went 'frantic'.

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    Roger Bennett: Linesman is a brave, brave, brave man

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    James Tyler: The FLAG is up. What a game thus far for the FLAG. Early man of the match contender.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR POLAND! BUT IT IS CALLED OFF!

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    James Tyler: I'll invent plenty more today if you'd like, Jeff.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Thanks Jason, glad you're here today. James was inventing his own stats yesterday. (And I was starting to believe him)

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    James Tyler: Another dubious PK shout as Zhirkov bears down on goal with Wasilewski holding his ground.

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    James Tyler: England just think the ball is something to be valiantly hoofed downfield, Neo.

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    Jason York: Early passing numbers: RUS 59-73 (80.8 pct); POL 47-57 (82.5 pct)

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    [Comment from Neo]
    Russia is moving the ball pretty fast...something for England to learn...

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    James Tyler: Fill your boots with this cut-and-paste job, Stoyanov:
    Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
    Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
    Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
    Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question
    If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) will apply
    Results of all group matches:
    Superior goal difference
    Higher number of goals scored
    Higher number of goals scored away from home
    Fair play conduct
    Drawing of lots

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    Roger Bennett: Biggest banner in the group stage gets through.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    What's the tiebreaker rule in the group stage? I heard GD isn't first option.

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    Roger Bennett: He will never go to Spurs Andrei Arshavin. They have too much money and will pay him too much. Jeff. Atmosphere check. How would you compare it to a "cauldron?"

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    James Tyler: Kerzhakov showing plenty of hustle and bustle in the first quarter-hour. Will it pay off?

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    [Comment from Andrei Arshavin]
    Rog, word around the interwebs is that Harry Redknapp has left Spurs leaving the door open for David Moyes

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    James Tyler: Replay of Kerzhakov's "penalty". A lovely swandive following a fine sliding challenge by Damien Perquis. The defender's down for a minute clutching his knee. But all's well now. Russia back on the ball.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jeremy. Greece missed one against the Poles on Friday. TYTON with the save.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Has there been a penalty shot yet this tourney?

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    James Tyler: SHHHH. There's football on.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    James you must have gone to Penn State then!

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    James Tyler: Kerzhakov tumbles in the box and claims penalty but ref waves it off. Good tackle.

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    James Tyler: It was the name of my favorite bar in college, Zenos.

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    [Comment from Zenos]
    Zenos is a good name...........and as far as I know, im the only one on the planet with this name....

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    [Comment from Sam]
    Jason York, I must say, when we get Stats people in these chats, it's awesome!! Nothing like a few numbers to liven up the experience.

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    James Tyler: Game settling down a bit now. Chance for Poland! Dudka's long ball forward is nodded down to Lewandowski and he chests it down onto his left foot, uncorking a nasty volley on goal. It's just over.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    I suggest Blaszczykowski.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Suggestions welcome, Rog.

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    [Comment from Andrei Arshavin]
    John Terry Pog?

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    [Comment from Le Poulet]
    Name the baby after the first person who scores!

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    James Tyler: Kerzhakov is through on goal! But he's offside. Silly lad. Would have missed anyway, most likely. Caught Wasilewski ball-watching on the long angled pass.

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    James Tyler: Release the Tyton.

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    James Tyler: No way, Rog! Rasmus Elm is Lord of the Rings to TYTON's Clash of the Titans (the original, mind you).

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    Jason York: Seven of the 53 scoring chances created by Poland's Ludovic Obraniak playing at Bordeaux this season came from free kick situations.

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    Roger Bennett: Better than Billy Ocean that

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    Roger Bennett: Best name is Rasmus Elm JT

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    James Tyler: I suggest TYTON.

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    James Tyler: Corner plucked from the air by Mr. Tyton. Surely the best name at Euro 2012.

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    Roger Bennett: Pog. Can we suggest some names?

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    James Tyler: Best of luck, Pog! And congrats to Mrs. Pog.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Wife and I are watching this in the hospital. She is in labor. Just FYI.

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    James Tyler: Arshavin forces a sharp block by Perquis to deny his shot. Corner for Russia.

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    [Comment from sirkerrald]
    Loving the intensity of this game.

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    James Tyler: Great in-swinging delivery, it's glanced goalward by Dudka or maybe Boenisch right behind him.... Malafeev blocks it with his knee! Didn't know much about it. Reflex save. And a crucial one at that.

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    Roger Bennett: That should have been the opener

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    James Tyler: First spot of pressure for Poland as Blaszczykowski wins a soft free kick on the right flank. Obraniak to swing it in... and a superb save by Malafeev!

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    James Tyler: Just said THIS IS RUSSIA in no uncertain terms.

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    [Comment from samuel]
    What does the infamous banner say?

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    James Tyler: Tons of early pressure down Sebastian Boenisch's flank. Decent tactic by the Russians, it seems. Another tasty cross banged in to the near post from wide right but cleared.

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    Roger Bennett: Two lingering thoughts about that banner. 1. written in english! 2. how on earth did that get "smuggled" into the stadium?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @CEs_Mustache ask Sepp? Honestly not sure.

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    Jason York: Only one host nation has ever failed to win a group stage match at the Euros (Austria in 2008).

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    James Tyler: More early pressure for Russia as Kerzhakov chases down a pass in the left corner. He finds Dzagoev but the right wing cross is headed clear.

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    James Tyler: Kuba Blaszczykowski felled on the right touchline by Denisov.

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    James Tyler: Early ball into the Russian box by Zhirkov but it's wellied clear for a throw.

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    James Tyler: Plenty of whistles and howls as Russia knock it around at the back a bit to get things going.

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @CEs_Mustache they just name entire squad.

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    James Tyler: He was hurt, Grant. Apparently. Swung the game in Greece's favor, too.

  •  

    [Comment from Grant]
    Was there ever any word on why Rosicky was subbed off?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    What an atmosphere at Warsaw National Stadium. Could cut the tension with a sickle. #PleaseDontActuallyDoThat

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    Roger Bennett: I really hope the game is played with a quality and in a spirit so that the football will be the focus at the end. Here's hoping...

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rivalry Brian. Anything can happen.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Czech Republic is better than Poland, and Russia stomped them, with a player missing 7 shots

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    James Tyler: Those teams again:
    POLAND
    22-Tyton
    20-Piszczek, 13-Wasilewski, 15-Perquis, 2-Boenisch
    5-Dudka, 7-Polanski
    18-Blaszczykowski, 11-Murawski, 10-Obraniak
    9-Lewandowski

    RUSSIA
    16-Malafeev
    2-Anyukov, 12-Berezutski, 4-Ignashevich, 5-Zhirkov
    6-Shirokov, 7-Denisov, 8-Zyryanov
    17-Dzagoev, 11-Kerzhakov, 10-Arshavin

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    Jeff Carlisle: BTW, the roof is open. Greek players had complained about it after the first game.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I picked Russia 2-1.

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    James Tyler: Plenty of folks thinking Russia will stroll to victory. I'm not so sure.

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    [Comment from Brett]
    2-1 Russia

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    [Comment from Alex]
    4-1 Russia

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    2-1 Poland

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    [Comment from Ash]
    2-2 Lewandowski with the brace

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    [Comment from A Man]
    1-1 Draw, Poland scores late to get the draw

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    3-1 russia. Arshavin has 2 of them.

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    James Tyler: Not even Paul Hogan's knife collection could cut through it, I bet.

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    Roger Bennett: Even crocodile dundee would agree, that's a banner.

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    [Comment from Gudg]
    1-0 Russia, Only because their Vodka is better.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    2-1 Russia

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Russia wins 3-2

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    [Comment from Wolf (GFOP)]
    2-2, Lewandowski with a brace and Pav netting one himself

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    James Tyler: Russian anthem... and what a banner that is in the upper echelons of the stadium. Plenty booing as it rings out. Could cut the tension with a sickle.

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    [Comment from Brian in Atlanta]
    3-1 Russia

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    James Tyler: Give us your score predictions and I'll blast them all into chat as the teams walk out onto the Warsaw pitch. It looks verdant and inviting.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Huge Russian banner being unfurled says, "THIS IS RUSSIA".

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Jason! Our statsie hath arrived!

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    Jason York: In the first round of group games, Alexsander Kerzhakov had seven shots, all off target, the first player to fire wide as many times at the European Championships (1980-2012).

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    Jeff Carlisle: We've got the Poland version of the rebel yell going. Everyone is waving their scarves and singing.

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    Roger Bennett: Not a tiger Brad. It is a miniature giraffe. reportedly.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Cech had a poor Euro 2008 as well.

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    [Comment from Sputnik]
    So much for Petr Cech reaching all-world status?

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    [Comment from Brad]
    Shirtless while sitting on a golden couch while petting his tiger...

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    James Tyler: Group A dynamic definitely hinges on this with just one to play. Should Russia romp, then Poland/Czechs will slug it out for second.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Now the Russians are making themselves heard. Poland fans respond with whistles.

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    James Tyler: Grab some audio, Jeff; I could use a new ringtone!

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    [Comment from A Man]
    Hey James, does the result this afternoon change the dynamic of Group A at all?

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    [Comment from Neo]
    Lewondowski scores first and Dzagoev Man of the match

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    Jeff Carlisle: Now it's getting intense. Polska! Polska! is ringing around the ground.

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    [Comment from LUke]
    What are the odds that Putin is watching shirtless?

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    James Tyler: Think Russia scores first -- gonna give Shirokov a nod for scorer. 2-2 draw is what my crystal ball tells me.

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    [Comment from Mihai]
    #POLSKASANITY

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    Jeff Carlisle: Pavlyuchenko must be dying right now.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Who scores first and who is your pick for man of the match?

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    James Tyler: Biggest shocker for me regarding the lineups: Alexandr Kerzakhov gets the start up front again for Russia. Missed 7 or 8 shots on goal vs. the Czechs.

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    Jeff Carlisle: 100%.

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    [Comment from Reginald]
    So what are the odds that Putin is watching?

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    Jeff Carlisle: 60-40, Russia

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    [Comment from Seanita]
    Estimated Possession stats?

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    Jason York: Good afternoon all, Jason York from ESPN Stats and Information here.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yes, Kipa, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head.

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    [Comment from Kipa]
    Did I hear Bob Ley saying the other day that goal differential is not the first tiebreaker? If so, what is the first one then? Head to head?

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    Roger Bennett: We are taping this afternoon right after the game

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    Jeff Carlisle: A fair bit, but it's tough to tell because the Russia fans are on the opposite side of the field from me.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Rog. Can we look forward to another pod this week?

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    [Comment from Abusoru]
    How much security do you think has been added because of the incidents after the last Russia game?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Not really close to any of those. It's pretty calm so far Roger. I imagine that will change once the anthems start.

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    James Tyler: There will be goals, Dan. There will be goals. Poland has to get back on track following disappointment vs. Greece. Russia won't allow themselves to be pushed around.

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    Roger Bennett: Jeff. Can you give us a sense of the atmosphere? how would you grade it? Lazio-Roma? Celtic-Rangers? Sounder-TImbers?

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Poland's firepower in the first match was quite impressive - before they collapsed spectacularly in the second half. Do you think that Lewsandowski and crew will be able to work some magic with this Russian back four, though? Or are we looking at a dull 0-0 defensive effort from both sides?

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    Roger Bennett: Nick. The motto of our school was "bulls*%t baffles brains." Enough said

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    Jeff Carlisle: For those wondering where the two set so fans are situated given today's trouble, it looks like Russia's fans are taking up the whole one entire corner of the the stand - both upper and lower deck. It looks like a few seats have been sacrificed to make sure the two sets of fans stay at least a bit segregated.

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    James Tyler: Be careful what you wish for, Nick.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    We need more Liverpool high school anecdotes...

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    After a day of violence on the streets, who better than the Black-Eyed Peas? Ah, even the stadium DJ thought better of it and pulled it.

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    James Tyler: I think it can only have an impact, Abusoru. Footy -- like other sports -- don't exist in a vacuum, try as FIFA might. Minds weigh heavy with the bigger issues, fan safety, etc.

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    Roger Bennett: We have accents that make David Beckham seem like Sir Ian Darke.

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    [Comment from Abusoru]
    lol, that is an awesome system, James. Do you think that everything that is going on around Warsaw today will be distracting to the players?

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    [Comment from sirkerrald]
    I for one would kill to have an audio stream of your mystery science theater like commentary.

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    James Tyler: I do, Seanita. Other might disagree, but he really pulled the strings in midfield. Onus would then fall on the likes of Alan Dzagoev to create.

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    [Comment from Seanita]
    Suppose Poland doesn't give Arshavin a lot of space, do you think that's going to change the game for Russia completely?

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    James Tyler: Well, Gudg; we write the fixtures on paper, then stick 'em on the backs of turtles and race them through the office. The first turtle past the finish line determines our schedule.

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    Jeff Carlisle: To finish James' thought from earlier, Russia punished the Czechs in transition due to the fact that Plasil was the only holding mid in the first half. Poland, with Dudka and Polanski will need to make sure they both sit it front of the back line and not leave themselves vulnerable on the counter.

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    [Comment from Gudg]
    Hey James how do you decide which game on the day you have the chat for?

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    James Tyler: Cheers, Jeremy! We're enjoying them too. A nice way to watch the action!

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    Roger Bennett: In footballing terms -- huge pressure on Lewandowski today... ESPN stats team report that he has 15 career int'l goals; the rest of the team has nine.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Looking forward to some great analysis and commentary, you guys have no idea how much these chats are appreciated for those of us stuck at work!

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    James Tyler: For now, we'll try to keep focused on the soccer and the game. Our reports on the pre-game tensions will be up on ESPNFC.com later.

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    Roger Bennett: Crazy scenes from that march all over Twitter. Like a trailer for World Cup 2018... that one is going to be quite the event

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Ooof, Roger... quite an opening.

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    James Tyler: Same to you, Rog!

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    Roger Bennett: Happy Russia Day JT

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    James Tyler: Jeremy: I think the key is how much influence Andrei Arshavin can have against a much better Polish midfield. He thrived when given tons of room against the Czechs; Poland won't give him that space.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Keys to the game for each side?

  •  

    James Tyler: As for the Poland-Russia issue, today is the 20th anniversary of Russia Day, celebrating its independence from the former Soviet Union. Russian fans in Warsaw to see their national team play planned a march to the stadium in which they could express their pride.

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    James Tyler: Love Obraniak, Jeff. Great player. Hoping he has more influence today!

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    I understand that poland and russia have be uneasy for a while, but what exactly is the issue presently??

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: To elaborate on Poland's lineup, holding mids Dudka and Eugen Polanski will sit in front of the back line, while Rafal Murawski will move into the attacking midfield spot. Ludovic Obraniak will slide out to the left wing.

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    [Comment from Andy]
    James, who ya got? Also, how much are you pulling for the home team?

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    James Tyler: Thanks for lineups, Jeff! We'll have a lot more information on the pregame march later on. Keep checking ESPNFC.com for our coverage there.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Join @rogbennett @JeffreyCarlisle and me for a live chat as Poland and Russia is just 25 minutes away: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8039880/poland-vs-russia

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    Jeff Carlisle: Poland makes one change from the first game, with Dariusz Dudka coming in for Jaciej Rybus.

    Russia uses exactly the same lineup as it did in its 4-1 dismantling of the Czech Republic.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Poland: Tyton; Boenisch, Perquis, Wasilewski, Pisczcek; Polanski, Dudka; Obraniak, Murawski, Blaszczykowski; Lewsandowski

    Russia: Malafeev; Zhirkov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Anyukov; Zyryanov, Denisov, Shirokov; Arshavin, Kerzhakov, Dzagoev

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    Jeff Carlisle: Let's get to the lineups, shall we?

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    [Comment from Ivan]
    I say 2-0 Russia

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    [Comment from Ivan]
    Whats ur prediction?

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    [Comment from Russell]
    Im psyched for another great match!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings everyone. Not quite in the nosebleed section this time, but close.

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    James Tyler: Jeff Carlisle is with us from Warsaw, live at the stadium. Roger Bennett and a Statsie will be joining in due course.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Rugger!

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    Happy to have another live chat to pass time at work James!

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    James Tyler: A tense day in Warsaw thus far as Polish and Russian fans have skirmished, but hopefully all eyes will shift now to the two sides and their pivotal Group A clash while news reports are confirmed.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Poland

  • 15(9)

  • 21

  • 12

  • 43%

    57%

  • Russia

  • 7(3)

  • 22

  • 13

Match Stats

  • Poland
  • Russia
15(9) Shots (on goal) 7(3)
12 Fouls 13
4 Corner kicks 6
2 Offsides 2
43% Time of Possession 57%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 6