Russia and Poland play out 1-1 draw in Group A
Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the European Championship,
and Jakub Blaszczykowski scored what will surely be one of the
goals of the tournament.
With hooligans fighting one another and police away from the
stadium, Russia and Poland played out a 1-1 draw Tuesday. The
result left Russia at the top of Group A, but all four teams still
have a chance to qualify 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
Dzagoev was first to score Tuesday. He darted past defender
Lukasz Piszczek in the 37th minute and sent a glancing header
beyond goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton after a curling free kick from
Russia continued to push forward after the goal, allowing Poland
to equalize on the counter 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.”
At least 15 people were injured in fighting between fans. Polish
police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a group of young
Poles who attacked them with glass bottles.
”To be honest, I haven’t seen or heard anything and nor have
the players,” Russia coach Dick Advocaat said. ”I don’t know what
The violence erupted around a group of thousands of Russian fans
who marched in a cordon of riot police across a bridge over the
Vistula River to the National Stadium to celebrate the Russia Day
The march was seen as a provocation by many Poles, who share a
difficult history with Russia, including decades of control by
Moscow during the Cold War. Many Poles felt the authorities should
not have allowed the Russians to march as a group in Warsaw given
the historical wounds.
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, including throwing
fireworks onto the field and displaying nationalist flags – both of
which happened again Tuesday.
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
”When we went 1-0 up, I thought we’d get more space like we did
against 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.”
Earlier Tuesday, the Czechs played themselves back into Group A
contention by scoring two early goals and hanging on to beat Greece
2-1 in Wroclaw.
”Of course, today’s match confirmed that we are good enough to
beat the Czechs,” Poland coach Franciszek Smuda said. ”Our team
sees the chance to advance to the quarters and they’re going to try
take advantage of it.”
Poland: Przemyslaw Tyton, Sebastian Boenisch, Marcin Wasilewski,
Damien Perquis, Lukasz Piszczek, Dariusz Dudka (Adrian
Mierzejewski, 74), Eugen Polanski (Adam Matuszczyk, 85), Ludovic
Obraniak (Pawel Brozek, 90), Rafal Murawski, Jakub Blaszczykowski,
Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Alexander Anyukov, Alexei
Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Shirokov, Igor
Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov
(Roman Pavlyuchenko, 70), Alan Dzagoev (Marat Izmailov, 80).