Tag Archives: wolski

Image article-0-13A509E7000005DC-48_634x417.jpg

Euro 2012 results: Czech Republic 1 Poland 0

Czech Republic 1 Poland 0: Co-hosts limp out as Jiracek sends Bilek's men through

|

UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 16 June 2012

Petr Jiracek's second-half goal ensured the Czech Republic squeaked into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as co-hosts Poland suffered an early exit.

Outplayed for the majority of the first half, the Czechs were seemingly stung into action after Greece took a half-time lead against Russia in the other Group A game in Warsaw.

That result left Michal Bilek's men needing all three points to reach the last eight and after dominating the tempo after the interval, Jiracek's calm finish ensured they topped the group, with Russia and Poland the eliminated teams.

Party time: The Czech Republic celebrate their goal (above) and qualification (below)

Party time: The Czech Republic celebrate their goal (above) and qualification (below)

Czech players celebrate after winning during the Euro 2012 championships football match between the Czech Republic and Poland

MATCH FACTS

Czech Republic:
Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky, Hubschman, Plasil,
Jiracek (Rajtoral 83), Kolar, Pilar (Rezek 87), Baros (Pekhart 90).

Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Suchy, Hubnik, Necid, Rosicky, Petrzela, Lafata, Darida, Drobny.

Booked: Limbersky, Plasil, Pekhart.

Goals: Jiracek 72.

Poland:
Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Dudka, Polanski
(Grosicki 56), Blaszczykowski, Murawski (Mierzejewski 73), Obraniak
(Brozek 73), Lewandowski.

Subs Not Used: Szczesny, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Matuszczyk, Rybus, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Wolski, Sandomierski.

Booked: Murawski, Polanski, Wasilewski, Blaszczykowski, Perquis.

Att: 44,416

Ref: Craig Thomson (Scotland).

Poland knew nothing less than a win would see them reach the knockout stages at the expense of the Czech Republic, who also needed three points to guarantee their qualification for the last eight.

Similar to their previous two matches, Poland were understandably backed by boisterous home support and they nearly gave them something to shout about early on but Dariusz Dudka's overhead kick hit the side netting.

Yet they should have been behind soon after and were grateful for Vaclav Pilar completely fluffing his lines in front of goal after Theodor Gebre Selassie had picked him out with a low ball into the area.

The frenetic start continued, with Poland midfielder Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick from a narrow angle hitting the side netting once more while Robert Lewandowski should have done better after slicing horribly wide with a decent sight at goal.

It seemed only a matter of time that the Czech Republic defence would be breached and goalkeeper Petr Cech had to be at his best to push away Sebastian Boenisch's dipping 30-yard effort.

Winner: Jiracek scores slots the ball past Przemyslaw Tyton to send the Czech Republic through

Winner: Jiracek scores slots the ball past Przemyslaw Tyton to send the Czech Republic through

With the rain teeming down in Wroclaw, the action slowed down a touch although the Czechs, who beat Greece after losing to Russia, ended the half well.

Milan Baros, after beating the offside trap, failed to control David Limbersky's chip over the defence while Pilar's powerful strike from the edge of the area was gathered by Polish keeper Przemyslaw Tyton at the second attempt.

Devastated: Poland players react to their exit from Euro 2012 after defeat to the Czech Republic

Devastated: Poland players react to their exit from Euro 2012 after defeat to the Czech Republic

Devastated: Poland players react to their exit from Euro 2012 after defeat to the Czech Republic

As the teams trudged off at the interval it was the Czechs who would be going through but Greece taking a shock lead on the stroke of half-time against Russia meant both the Czech Republic and Poland needed victory if the result in Warsaw stayed the same.

Spurred into action the Czechs responded positively, dominating possession in the early stages of the second half but failing to create any clear cut chances.

Bored Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky looks at his mobile phone while sitting on the substitutes' bench

Bored Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky looks at his mobile phone while sitting on the substitutes' bench

However, Poland were conceding needless free-kicks on the edge of their area and were nearly made to pay for their reckless defending.

Plasil's excellent delivery found Tomas Sivok but his header was blocked and then instantly punched away by Tyton.

Heartbreak: A Poland fan looks on as her side is knocked out of Euro 2012 by the Czech Republic

Heartbreak: A Poland fan looks on as her side is knocked out of Euro 2012 by the Czech Republic

The Czechs were rewarded for their second-half persistence in the 72nd minute as Jiracek gave them a deserved lead.

Baros ran through on goal before sliding the ball to Jiracek, who cut past Boenisch and coolly slotted past Tyton.

Clash: Michal Kadlec and Robert Lewandowski challenge for the ball in Wroclaw

Clash: Michal Kadlec and Robert Lewandowski challenge for the ball in Wroclaw

Poland head coach Franciszek Smuda threw caution to the wind, bringing on Pawel Brozek and Adrian Mierzejewski immediately after but they failed to test Cech although the Czech Republic defended stoutly.

However, in injury time Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski went through on goal and lifted the ball over Cech only for Tomas Sivok to head off the line, with the final whistle blown immediately after to herald scenes of jubilation from Bilek's men.

Battle: Czech midfielder Vaclav Pilar (left) vies with Polish midfielder Ludovic Obraniak

Battle: Czech midfielder Vaclav Pilar (left) vies with Polish midfielder Ludovic Obraniak

Image article-2158299-13940D99000005DC-331_634x420.jpg

Poland 1 Russia 1 match report: Jakub Blaszczykowski and Alan Dzagoev score

Poland 1 Russia 1: Blaszczykowski blasts back to grab lifeline for co-hosts

|

UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 12 June 2012

Jakub Blaszczykowski's 58th-minute equaliser salvaged a crucial point for co-hosts Poland and scuppered Russia's hopes of becoming the first team to book their place in the Euro 2012 knockout stages.

Alan Dzagoev had fired the Russians in front in the 38th minute as they looked to build on their superb opening win over the Czech Republic by making mathematically certain of reaching the last eight.

Floored genius: Jakub Blaszczykowski is mobbed by team-mates and staff following his wonder strike

Floored genius: Jakub Blaszczykowski is mobbed by team-mates and staff following his wonder strike

MATCH FACTS:

Poland: Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Dudka, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Murawski, Obraniak, Lewandowski. Subs not used: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Matuszczyk, Rybus, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek.

Booked: Lewandowski.

Scorer: Blaszczykowski.

Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs not used: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin,
Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin.

Scorer: Dzagoev.

Booked: Denisov, Dzagoev.

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

But roared on by a predominantly Polish
crowd in Warsaw's National Stadium, the Poles boosted their own hopes of
progression from Group A when captain Blaszczykowski blazed his
leveller past Vyacheslav Malafeev from 20 yards.

It was a richly-deserved point for
the Poles, who were frustrated in their opening draw with Greece, but
set a stunning pace in the first period and repelled the majority of the
impressive Russian advances.

Franciszek Smuda's side almost
grabbed a seventh-minute lead when a glancing header from Sebastian
Boenisch was superbly saved by Russian keeper Malafeev, who was kept
busy throughout the night.

Boenisch rose highest again from the
resulting corner but this time could only direct his header into the
arms of a relieved Malafeev.

With the Russians struggling to make
any kind of impact, Poland continued to press and Robert Lewandowski
almost conjured an opener out of nothing when he hooked a volley just
over the bar in the 12th minute.

Poland had the ball in the net in the
19th minute when Lewandowski played in Eugen Polanski who drilled a low
shot beyond Malafeev but was correctly pulled up for straying offside.

Letting fly: Jakub Blaszczykowski unleashes an unstoppable drive, leaving Russia keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance

Letting fly: Jakub Blaszczykowski unleashes an unstoppable drive, leaving Russia keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance

Letting fly: Jakub Blaszczykowski unleashes an unstoppable drive, leaving Russia keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance

Playing an exciting brand of fluent
passing football, the Poles were dominant and Russian defender Sergei
Ignashevich had to get in with a fine intervention to deny Lewandowski
another chance in the box.

Russia finally started to get to
grips with the game as it approached the half-hour mark, with first
Andrei Arshavin bursting down the right and crossing for Alexander
Kerzhakov, who headed high and wide.

The little man makes it count: Alan Dzagoev nods Andrey Arshavin's free-kick past Przemyslaw Tyton

The little man makes it count: Alan Dzagoev nods Andrey Arshavin's free-kick past Przemyslaw Tyton

The little man makes it count: Alan Dzagoev nods Andrey Arshavin's free-kick past Przemyslaw Tyton

And in the 28th minute the roles were
reversed as Kerzhakov turned provider from the right, sending in a low
cross which just eluded the stretching Arshavin in front of goal.

Russia's best spell of the match
resulted in the opening goal in the 38th minute as Arshavin delivered a
superb free-kick from the left flank and Dzagoev flashed home a header
past Przemyslaw Tyton.

Eyes on the ball: Robert Lewandowski attempts to clear a corner

Eyes on the ball: Robert Lewandowski attempts to clear a corner

Poland almost responded immediately,
with Blaszczykowski's powerful drive beaten away by Malafeev, but the
Russians were beginning to play with the same kind of confident swagger
evident in their opening group win.

But Russia ended the half well on
top, with Dzagoev and Zhirkov both having close-range chances and the
goalscorer unlucky not to earn a penalty in first-half injury-time after
being pushed over in the box.

Lying down on the job: Marcin Wasilewski takes advange of Aleksandr Kerzhakov's slip

Lying down on the job: Marcin Wasilewski takes advange of Aleksandr Kerzhakov's slip

Poland started the second half in the
same manner they approached the third, and came close within two
minutes of the restart when Polanski's brilliant through-ball found
Lewandowski but he was pushed wide and out of play by the advancing
Malafeev.

It was all Poland again with Ludovic
Obraniak and Damien Perquis both coming close before the Russians
threatened with a swift counter in the 50th minute, Kerzhakov's
dangerous run eventually intercepted by Dariusz Dudka.

Going it alone: Robert Lewandowski takes on Vyacheslav Malafeev

Going it alone: Robert Lewandowski takes on Vyacheslav Malafeev

Blaszczykowski sparked jubilation in
the 58th minute when he got on the end of a Polish breakaway down the
right and cut inside to sent a superb left-foot drive beyond Malafeev
and into the corner of the net.

As the game sprang into life, Dzagoev
scuffed a shot straight at Tyton after being flicked through by
Kerzhakov, and almost immediately at the other end Blaszczykowski made
ground down the left before blazing high and wide.

Hands up: Poland fans get behind their team

Hands up: Poland fans get behind their team

Spelling it out: Russian fans make their point

Spelling it out: Russian fans make their point

Image article-2155830-134F1F6F000005DC-287_634x353.jpg

Poland v Greece live

EURO 2012 LIVE: Poland v Greece – follow the opening game from Warsaw as it happens

|

UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 8 June 2012

The long wait is over as Euro 2012 kicks into action when Poland play Greece in the tournament's opening game in Warsaw. Follow Sportsmail's live coverage of all the action as the 2004 winners attempt to spoil the party for the joint hosts in Group A. Send me your thoughts on the opening game here at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Poland v Greece (5pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

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

Greece: Chalkias, Torosidis,
Papastathopoulos, Avraam Papadopoulos, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis,
Karagounis, Ninis, Gekas, Samaras.
Subs: Tzorvas, Tzavelas, Malezas,
Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Salpingidis,
Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Sifakis.

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

14.16: So let's focus on our opening game, which to be honest isn't the most appetising I have ever seen.

But let's give it a chance, South Africa v Mexico wasn't billed to be a classic but it was one of the better games at the 2010 World Cup (I know that doesn't say much considering the dire tournament that turned out to be.)

14.13: No time to waste though as the team news from our opening game between Poland and Greece is in:

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

Greece: Chalkias, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Avraam Papadopoulos, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Ninis, Gekas, Samaras. Subs: Tzorvas, Tzavelas, Malezas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Salpingidis, Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Sifakis.

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

14.10: For the football fan at least, the European Championship is the biggest sporting event of the summer. Only the World Cup holds more importance but with so many strong sides saturated in this competition there is no where to hide at the Euros.

So as we prepare to witness 15 of the strongest teams from the continent and England* do battle, let me welcome you to Sportsmail's live coverage of the Euro 2012.

*(Just joking folks, COME ON ENGLAND!)

Red alert: Poland warmed up for the tournament with friendly wins over Latvia, Slovakia and Andorra

Red alert: Poland warmed up for the tournament with friendly wins over Latvia, Slovakia and Andorra