Poland - Russia Preview: Dick Advocaat's side looking to secure quarter-final berth with victory over co-hosts
The Poles will be looking to earn their first-ever Euro finals triumph when they face a Russian side who impressively dismantled the Czech Republic on Friday evening
By Luke Matthews
Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch
Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Rybus
Anyukov, Igna'vich, A.Berezutskiy, Zhirkov
Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov
Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin
After their 1-1 draw against Greece in the opening game of Euro 2012 on Friday, Poland will be without first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who received his marching orders after bringing down Dimitris Salpingidis in the box. Przemyslaw Tyton will be named as his replacement versus Dick Advocaat's side after impressing with his penalty stop from Giorgos Karagounis' spot-kick to earn his team a point.
Apart from the forced change between the sticks, Franciszek Smuda is expected to name the same starting XI with the likes of Adam Matuschyk and Dariusz Dudka resigned to places on the bench.
Following their comprehensive 4-1 win over Czech Republic in matchday one, Russia are unlikely to make any changes with Advocaat keen to build on momentum.
The only question mark remains over the goalkeeping position, although Vyacheslav Malafeev is likely to keep his place in the side over usual No.1 Igor Akinfeev, who has only recently returned from a long-term knee injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Poland are still awaiting their first ever victory at the finals of a European Championship. Their record currently reads two draws, two defeats.
- Following his strike against Greece, Robert Lewandowski now has 15 goals in 43 international appearances.
- When the sides last met in August 2007, late strikes from Jacek Krzynowek and Jakub Blaszczykowski earned the Poles a 2-2 friendly draw in Moscow.
- The goal conceded by Poland when Greek substitute Dimitris Salpingidis netted a second-half equaliser in the opening match was the first the Poles have conceded in their last five matches.
- Russia's impressive 4-1 win over Czech Republic means they are now 15 games unbeaten, leaking in only five times along the way.
- Following his double in Friday's win, Alan Dzagoev (pictured right) has now netted five goals in his last three competitive international appearances.
- Russia's win over the Czechs was an exact role reversal to how they started Euro 2008 when they lost their opening encounter 4-1 to Spain before then going on to win their next three fixtures. Spain then knocked them out of the competition with a 3-0 win in the semi-finals.
- If Advocaat's side win against Poland, they will be through to the quarter-finals regardless of the result between Greeze and Czech Republic.
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