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  • 12 June 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 55920
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  • That's it from me this evening, thanks for all your input. Stay tuned here at Goal.com for comprehensive Euro 2012 coverage, with Group B tomorrow. I'm Mohammed Ali, good night!
  • Final update from Kornel Pracki: It is 1-1. The polish and russian fans seem to be satisfied with this result. Both fan groups are celebrating their teams. It was no trouble during the 90 minutes here at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Poland have still the chance to qualify for the next round and that is the most important thing for the fans. They are singing ''Only win against Czech Republic"
  • Well, that's it. What an entertaining night in the Polish capital. Dzagoev's goal was denied by a wondrous Blaszczykowski strike, and honours are even. In the end, Group A looks pretty open heading into Saturday's final round.
  • FT: Poland 1-1 Russia.
  • 90' + 3'
    Substitution Ludovic Obraniak Paweł Brożek
  • 90' + 3'
    Threatening delivery, but no-one can get a shot onto it. And that should be it.
  • 90' + 3'
    Hang on, Obraniak is furious. He steps over the free-kick, but his number is up. Replaced by Pawel Brozek, and he kicks out in frustration.
  • 90' + 2'
    Arshavin fouls Piszczek on the right flank, and a free-kick in a dangerous position awarded to Smuda's men. One chance, just one chance.
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes signalled at the end of the second half. Can we find a winner?
  • 90'
    Ooh, close from Piszczek who crosses from the right hand side, slightly over-hit, and evades Lewandowski by inches. Massive stoppage time coming up.
  • 89'
    Ignashevich pings a fine ball towards Zhirkov on the far side, but his cross fails to find any red shirt and peters out.
  • 88'
    Murawski towards Lewandowski, but again the move breaks down after a neat interception. Whistles from all corners, the next goal (if it does come) will be massive!
  • 88'
    If the match ends like this, then should Russia beat Greece, the winner of Poland v Czech Republic will automatically go through to the last eight. What a game it'll be!
  • 87'
    Polish expert Ryan Hubbard: After the substitution, Poland have almost lost it a little. Seems that everyone wants to be the hero and smash one in from 30 yards. Patience is what it'll take.
  • 85'
    Substitution Eugen Polanski Adam Matuszczyk
  • 85'
    Substitution for Poland, and it's Polanski who is off for Matuszczyk. Five minutes remaining, can the co-hosts do it?
  • 84'
    @MrNeale92 has rated this match 4 out of 5, adding: "Good game anyone's to win." Agree? Rate this match now!
  • 83'
    Corner to Russia, taken by Arshavin. It doesn't pose a significant threat to Tyton however. Minutes remaining in this game.
  • 82'
    Eugen Polanski is injured, signalling to the bench that he wants to go off. Big loss for Poland if he cannot play the last game of the group on Saturday. He is booked too.
  • 81'
    Poland counter-attack, and its caused a few problems again. Kuba races through, but is fouled, the advantage lies with Lewandowski who in turn squares for Obraniak. The low shot too close to the keeper.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Eugen Polanski
  • 79'
    Substitution Alan Dzagoev Marat Nailevich Izmailov
  • 79'
    Goalscorer Alan Dzagoev is substituted in favour of Marat Izmailov.
  • 78'
    Poland have just 12 minutes left to secure a first European Championship victory. Four years ago, they were denied by a late penalty against Austria. Meanwhile, Polanski is down injured.
  • 77'
    BOENISCH! He's been brilliant this game, but the finish? Not so. Cut in from the left and attempt a curling shot from distance, but it continued to rise.
  • 77'
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  • 76'
    Ryan Hubbard, our Polish expert: Adrian Mierzejewski comes on for Poland. A more attacking substitution for the defensive Dudka. Looks like Smuda is switching to a 4-4-1-1 formation
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Alan Dzagoev
  • 75'
    Mierzejewski tries his luck from distance, but it flies wide of Malafeev's goal. Meanwhile, goalscorer Dzagoev is booked.
  • 75'
    @Beckham00717: yeah so far as good as torres matchwinner goal against germany in euro 2008
  • 73'
    Substitution Dariusz Dudka Adrian Mierzejewski
  • 73'
    Substitution; Adrian Mierzejewski replaces Dariusz Dudka. Poland are seeking to win this!
  • 73'
    @TamerSadek: Considering the supposed goal of tournament previously was a largely flukey header, yes, Blasz takes the cake. #euro2012
  • 73'
    Lewandowski slips in Polanski, who in turn threads Boenisch on the left. A cross from the latter, skies well over the bar. Substitution next.
  • 72'
    Was Kuba's strike the best goal of the tournament? Get involved. @Mpho3_United on Twitter: No doubt the best goal ever!! - Stretching it a bit.
  • 71'
    First sub of the night, and it's akin to the one Advocaat made on Friday. Kerzhakov off for Pavlyuchenko, who incidentally scored in Wroclaw.
  • 70'
    Substitution Aleksandr Kerzhakov Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 70'
    Russia looked to be one-on-one through Kerzhakov at the other end, but Poland counter, through Blaszczykowski who paces the entire left-wing, before hitting a shot which zips over Malafeev's goal, and sits near the corner flag. Poor.
  • 69'
    POLANSKI! FINE STOP BY MALAFEEV! Almost a second from the co-hosts who persevere down the right through Obraniak. In towards Polanski in an acute angle, the midfielder's shot is blocked at close-range, before being cleared.
  • 68'
    DZAGOEV! Well saved by Tyton, who has by and large, had a quiet evening. Easily saved low down after a good link-up from the midfield. Szczesny watches on in awe.
  • 67'
    Corner delivered in by Zhirkov, but play is immediately halted after an infringement in the box. Free-kick to Poland.
  • 65'
    Johnson Nyambe on our chatbox: Russia should not be intimidated,its game on!! On the pitch meanwhile, Murawski's wayward shot misses the target.
  • 65'
    Ryan Hubbard, our Polish expert: Goal of the tournament?! Great countering from Poland, and who better to score than their captain Jakub Błaszczykowski! "That is the type of counterattacking that Smuda has been trying to drill into his side for the last year-or-so." I agree.
  • 64'
    Our Goal.com MatchCentre is telling us that Russia lead with a MAMMOTH 61% possession. Poland are under the kosh, but my, are they excelling.
  • 63'
    Russia are threatening on the flanks with Arshavin and Zhirkov forcing through chances, but each interception by the defenders is met with a chorus of cheers. Difficult times for Russia.
  • 62'
    Goal.com's Polish expert Ryan Hubbard: Murawski almost seems to have moved into the more attacking role occupied by Obraniak against Greece. Looks to be slightly more of a 4-2-1-2-1 formation now.
  • 62'
    A disapproving Russian expert, but here's Max de Haldevang: Beautiful goal there. Ignashevich can take some of the blame but he couldn't do much about Blaszczykowski's pure class
  • 61'
    Goal.com's Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: The stadium will explode - what an atmosphere after the equalizer! The polish fans are calling ''Jeszcze jeden, Jeszcze jeden'' - it means, they want now the second goal.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Igor Denisov
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Robert Lewandowski
  • 60'
    An hour gone in Warsaw, and where do you see this game heading towards? Poland are rejuvenated, re-vitalised, and back into the fight. Group A is wide open again! Send us your comments on the chatbox.
  • 59'
    Lewandowski is kicked on by Denisov. The referee is calling both over, and inevitably, both are booked.
  • 58'
    We had Ukraine captain Shevchenko drag his nation out of the doldrums in Kiev last night, and Poland captain Kuba has done exactly the same. A fantastic sight, and the atmosphere has reached fever pitch! What an impact, what a goal.
  • 57'
    Assist Ludovic Obraniak
  • 57'
    Goal Jakub Blaszczykowski
    GOOALL!!! BLASZCZYKOWSKI! WHAT A FINISH! Superb finish from the captain who cuts in, and fires a SWEET STRIKE past Malafeev. WARSAW HAS ERUPTED!!!
  • 56'
    Arhsavin clears his marker and races down the flank, he has two options in Dzagoev and Kerzhakov, but it's cleared. Poland hit on the counter-attack.
  • 55'
    Heart in mouths moment for Poland as Zhirkov pushes through the defence, attempting to fire the ball on the half-volley, but it goes harmlessly towards Tyton. Perquis appears to be hurt, he collided with Boenisch. He has had elbow problems before.
  • 54'
    Poland were on a decent move, before Lewandowski's foul on Anyukov ended any progress on the flanks. Blaszczykowski raced past his marker looking for options in the box, but his target Lewandowski had been penalised.
  • 53'
    Oh that's a superb stop, a fantastic stop from Perquis who gets in behind Dzagoev on a 1v1 situation and retrieve the ball. Superb defending.
  • 51'
    Chants from the Russian fans, and whistles from the Polish fans are making this a pretty intense atmosphere in Warsaw, but Russia plough on with Denisov.
  • 50'
    LEWANDOWSKI! Oh,a wonderful move and a courageous save from Malafeev who actually goes in head-first to stop the Dortmund striker. A great cross from Obraniak, and Malafeev risked serious injury to punch that away.
  • 49'
    Arshavin does well to feed through Dzagoev, but an incisive block from Wasilewski blocks that move. End-to-end stuff already!
  • 48'
    Goal.com's Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: The Russian players were welcomed by the Polish fans with whistles. Now we can hear loud ''Polska, Polska'' calls.
  • 47'
    PERQUIS! He's unmarked again, and it's headed over from the Sochaux man. Russia are just not picking these players up, and Malafeev is forced to hurriedly clear his area.
  • 47'
    BOENISCH! Poland's set-piece strength comes to light again, and the Werder defender's header is blocked behind. Corner again.
  • 46'
    LEWANDOWSKI! What a moment for the Poles, but a fantastic move from Polanski in towards the Dortmund striker who goes too far in going past the keeper, and its beaten behind by Malafeev.
  • 46'
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY! It's Russia who get us started, attacking from left to right.
  • Ryan Hubbard, our Polish expert: Where to go now for Poland? Many calling for the introduction of Legia Warszawa youngster Rafał Wolski. Smuda isn’t a man who likes to change things willy-nilly though – at most he might switch back to his favoured 4-2-3-1.
  • @MC_Turkmen on Twitter: We'll see it in the next 45 mins. #Poland had some mistaken moments which #Russia used these moments in a right time & right way
  • Let's look at our Goal.com statistics from this first half, all available on this brand new MatchCentre. Poland have made 161 passes in this first period, far behind Russia on 261. 77% passing accuracy for Smuda's men with the Group A leaders significantly better on 82%
  • Here's Ryan Hubbard, our Polish expert, back with more: With Poland a goal down, their defensive midfielders are instinctively pushing further forward in search of an equaliser. This is allowing Russia’s front three to get behind them and onto the centre-backs Wasilewski and Perquis. In that showdown, I don’t have much confidence in the Poles.
  • Captin Tarig on Goal.com's chatbox. Advocaat's men dictating terms here. Polish fan Leszek Kurycyn on Twitter meanwhile, sums it up in two words - Not good.
  • Goal.com's Czech expert Mark Smith with pleasing news: Czech fans will be celebrating that Dzagoev goal just as much as the Russians. If Poland fail to win this game then the Czechs will remain in pole position to qualify for the quarter final stages. Very pleasing. Leapfrogging Greece and Poland in the space of 180 minutes will be a dramatic turn of events in Group A.
  • Russia Day has just gotten better for the travelling Russian contingent in Warsaw. Dick Advocaat's men hold a 1-0 lead at half-time courtesy of top scorer Alan Dzagoev who has his third in this tournament. Poland have been decent enough, but with misses from Wasilewski and Blaszczykowski, you wonder where they're going to get the equaliser from.
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF-TIME: Poland 0-1 Russia (Dzagoev 37')
  • 45' + 2'
    Shirokov finds Dzagoev on the right, and the latter's cross into the middle is easily met by Piszczek. Whistles all around the stadium.
  • 45' + 1'
    Into two minutes of added-time at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
  • 45'
    Bit of outrage from Dzagoev, with a cross from the left met towards the 21 year old, but the referee's whistle is in favour of Poland. Weird, very weird.
  • 44'
    Goal.com's Polish expert Ryan Hubbard: That’s the last thing Poland needed. After dominating early on, they are now behind. It’s very difficult to see them coming back from this now unless they can regain the pace in which they started.
  • 43'
    Zhirkov! Wide, but it was never really in danger of creeping into the back of the net. Superb delivery again from Arshavin from the corner, but Zhirkov's volley is inches wide.
  • 43'
    Goal.com's Max de Haldevang, our Russian expert: Another wonderful cross by Arshavin for that free kick and rumours about Dzagoev's future are going to keep getting louder after that. Poland's defence have to ask themselves what they were doing leaving him unmarked in the box like that though
  • 42'
    AS IT STANDS - Russia WILL become the first team to qualify for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Denisov concedes a free-kick for a foul on Kerzhakov.
  • 41'
    Goal.com's Kornel in Warsaw: "The Russian fans have thrown pyrotechnics on the pitch. The polish side was quiet dead after the goal - in contrast to that the russian exploded and they are now much louder than the fans in white red."
  • 39'
    BLASZCZYKOWSKI! What a shot, and what a save from MALAFEEV! Poland are retaliating, and it's a superb ball into the captain whose fierce shot is palmed away by the goalkeeper.
  • 38'
    What a moment for the CSKA Moscow man who surprisingly makes a claim for the Golden Boot already! Superb run in to meet Arshavin's cross, but Wasilewski must feel guilty for the unnecessary foul he conceded. On Russia Day, Dzagoev makes it 1-0!
  • 37'
    Assist Andrey Arshavin
  • 37'
    Goal Alan Dzagoev
    GOOAALL!! DZAGOEV SCORES! His third goal in UEFA Euro 2012. And what a free-kick it was from Arshavin. Delivery was pin-point, and Dzagoev un-marked, makes a run from the back to shoulder it in past a static Tyton. POLAND 0-1 RUSSIA!
  • 36'
    That's a pretty late challenge from Marcin Wasilewski on Yury Zhirkov. Free-kick awarded to Russia, on the edge of the area. In range, this, for Andrei Arshavin.
  • 35'
    Back in Warsaw with Kornel: Poland coach Smuda is talked for about three minutes with his staff on the line - a reporter next to me maked a joke: "In the last game he did not wanted to change, now he will change after the first half hour.''
  • 34'
    An over-hit ball from the midfield in towards Kerzhakov makes for an easy save by Przemyslaw Tyton. Meanwhile, according to our MatchCentre Stats, Poland have made 119 passes, in comparison to Russia's 185.
  • 33'
    Zyryanov again threads a ball towards Dzagoev on the edge of the area, with Perquis again on hand to clear the ball away from Tyton's goal. 12 minutes left in this half.
  • 32'
    Ignashevich limping a bit here at the National Stadium, not a malicious challenge from Blaszczykowski who apologies profusely for it. Nevertheless, play continues.
  • 31'
    Russia are finding it difficult to negotiate the Polish back-line, with Arshavin floating a high ball which evades Dzagoev on the far side.
  • 30'
    Approaching the half-hour, so what better time for another update from Warsaw? Here's Kornel Pracki: Poland is getting better in this game and the fans feel it. Two chances have shwon that they can beat Russia today. The fans are singing to give Smudas team the spirit which it needs.
  • 28'
    Kerzhakov, still waiting for his opening goal at this Championship, strikes a ball, well, into the stratosphere. Poor attempt.
  • 28'
    Goal.com's Polish expert Ryan Hubbard on Twitter: This is the Poland that I predicted to be dark-horses at Euro 2012.
  • 27'
    Easy take from Tyton who grabs the ball with both hands. Arshavin is again at the thick of things with his low shot edging just wide of the goal.
  • 26'
    Wasilewski's attempt is well saved by Malafeev. At theother end, Lukasz Piszczek is reprimanded for a lunge on Arshavin. Free-kick for Russia in a dangerous position.
  • 26'
    Wasilewski's attempt is well saved by Malafeev. At theother end, Lukasz Piszczek is reprimanded for a lunge on Arshavin. Free-kick for Russia in a dangerous position.
  • 25'
    KERZHAKOV! Wide. Russia threaten on the wing again, but a wayward cross is met by a wayward header.
  • 24'
    Nice move from Russia, who soak up the pressure and embark on their own attacking foray. Dzagoev, scorer of two on Friday attempts to thread in Arshavin, but Perquis stretches to deny that move.
  • 23'
    Chance for Poland! Wasilewski charges on with a low cross into the box which evades Blaszczykowski, and subsequently Lewandowski before a last-ditch tackle from Anyukov. Wasilewski has had a brilliant opening to the match.
  • 22'
    Obraniak interlinks with Boenisch on the wing, but the Werder man cannot force a cross in. It's blocked behind for a throw-in.
  • 22'
    More predictions coming in @goal_intl: @LekeTony: Russia will defeat Poland 3-0 & I think the Russians will make it to the finals.
  • 21'
    WASILEWSKI! Couldn't trouble Malafeev, with Obraniak's corner meeting the head of the defender, but just couldn't get it on target. Poland are improving, make no mistake.
  • 20'
    Chance for Poland as Lewandowski chases a loose ball with Zhirkov who races to get it away. Corner award to Poland.
  • 19'
    In retaliation, Russia have created their own chance. But Kerzhakov's effort was all too wayward. He broke a European Championship RECORD on Friday, the player with the most shots off target.
  • 18'
    GOAL! NO! IT'S OFFSIDE! What a shame, fantastic move from the co-hosts. Brilliant one-two from Lewandowski towards Polanski, who beats the defence and fires into the bottom corner. But it was marginally offside. The celebrations die down in Warsaw.
  • 17'
    Another foul from Zhirkov, he's beginning to tot them up. He's penalised for a foul on Wasilewski. But Poland surge ahead....
  • 15'
    James Hickman comments on the chatbox: Would love to think poland can win, its great to keep the hosts in. I agree James, I do agree.
  • 14'
    Zyryanov combines will with Dzagoev, but Dudka's interception ends that move before it's really even begun. Poland are doing well to carve out the chances, but will be wary of the counter-attacking threat the Russians pose.
  • 13'
    Tried our Goal.com MatchCentre yet? It's brilliant, honest. Statistics read Poland leading with 'duels won' on 55.6% as opposed to Russia's 44.4%. Russia leading with 56% possession however.
  • 12'
    Goal.com's Poland expert Ryan Hubbard: Poland already trying to play it straight out to the right side on the counter. If they're going to score, that'll likely be where it'll come from.
  • 12'
    Penalty claim denied. Wonderful tackle from Perquis on Kerzhakov who gets in deep to evade the Sochaux defender. Kerzhakov goes down, but referee Stark is having none of that.
  • 11'
    LEWANDOWSKI! Oh my, was that close. The Dortmund striker opts to let fly from outside the box, and it viciously hurtles towards Malafeev's goal, but doesn't dip in time. Over.
  • 11'
    Goal.com's Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: Poland coach Franciszek Smuda stays, like always, on the line and tries to give the players some advices by showing it with gestik. He called Piszczek to the line and gave him special advices.
  • 10'
    Moments after Lewandowski is dispossessed, a fine cross from Anyukov finds Kerzhakov who controls it finely. The Zenit forward aims to round the keeper, but he is stopped by the referee's whistle. Offside.
  • 8'
    Russia surge in numbers on the opposite side of the field, and win a corner after shrewd defending from Wasilewski. Arshavin takes it, and bizarrely, Tyton is forced to save it right under his bar. Close run thing, that.
  • 8'
    Lewnadowski wins a corner for Russia again, and Obraniak's delivery (another great one from the co-hosts) meets the head of Boenisch again, and it's saved in acrobatic fashion from Malafeev.
  • 7'
    MALAFEEV! GREAT SAVE! Fantastic cross from Lewandowski with Boenisch stretching a leg towards goal. Malafeev instinctively gets it away. Wonderful stop.
  • 6'
    Clumsy challenge from Anzhi man Yury Zhirkov who bundles over Polanski. Poland have a free-kick 35 metres out, in a dangerous area......
  • 5'
    Anyukov gallops down the right wing, with Boensich tackling well but concedes the corner. Arshavin takes short, but Murawski clears accordingly. Russia with the offensive strength at the moment.
  • 4'
    Smuda's men are deploying tactics to maintain possession in search of an attacking opening, but Dudka's foul on Shirokov ends that move.
  • 3'
    Early foul from Shirokov on Blaszczykowski. Arshavin races towards the loose ball, and crosses in but Dzagoev is beaten to a header by Perquis.
  • 2'
    Zhrikov floats a speculative ball into the far corner of the box, hurriedly cleared by Boensich who was having a few problems with that.
  • 2'
    Goal.com's Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: And again an opening ceremony. The atmosphere is getting to the top now. Calls of 'Polska, Polska' are so loud that I can't hear anything that the reporter next to me tries to say. Let us hope that this peaceful atmosphere will be persist during the game
  • 1'
    UNDERWAY IN WARSAW! Forget the politics, forget the trouble, here it is. What an atmosphere, and Poland get us underway.
  • Tonight's referee is Wolfgang Stark from Germany. During the anthems, UEFA president Michel Platini cut a forlorn figure in the VIP stands. Neither he, or Poland wanted these events to occur. Anyway, time for some football?
  • Here we go. The teams are out, to a typically partisan crowd. The tensions earlier have made it a really energetic atmosphere inside the National Stadium. Anthems on their way.
  • Goal.com Polish expert Ryan Hubbard: A worry for Poland is that when they do break from defence, Lewandowski will be left to cut a lonely figure up front like the second half against Greece. Poland's attack will line-up today similar to how it finished the game on Friday.
  • Don't forget to keep your comments coming during the entire game. Use our new Goal.com MatchCentre and interact using the chat-box on the right, whilst also checking out the all-important game statistics. Keep your tweets coming to @goal_intl.
  • TEAM NEWS: Russia make no changes from the side that beat Czech Republic 4-1 on Friday. Goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev keeps his place in goal, whilst Aleksandr Kerzhakov keeps his place, despite missing a hatful of chances in Wroclaw.
  • TEAM NEWS: Poland make two changes from the side that featured on opening day. Maciej Rybus makes way for Auxerre midfielder Dariusz Dudka, expected to be a defensive change from Smuda as the Poles line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
  • Few predictions coming in on @goal_intl. @KamSallam predicts a 2-1 victory for the co-hosts. @DonBruceBk thinks likewise. @_muratc predicts a 2-2 draw, whilst @WALEinTheBLDG thinks it'll finish 2-1 to Russia, with Dzagoev and Arshavin scoring. Keep them coming!
  • RUSSIA: Malafeev (GK), Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, A. Berezutski, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin (C), Kerzhakov. SUBS: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Shunin, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat Nababkin, Pavlyuchenko, Pogrebnyak, Glushakov, Semshov
  • POLAND: Tytoń (GK); Piszczek, Perquis, Wasilewski, Boenisch; Murawski, Dudka, Polański; Błaszczykowski (C), Obraniak; Lewandowski. SUBS: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Rybus, Matuszczyk, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek.
  • CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
  • Milestones time! Russia's Alexandr Anyukov and Poland's Marcin Wasilewski make their eighth and fifth Euro appearance, more than any other player from their respective countries. Moreover, Russia's 4-1 win on Friday was also their biggest Euro win. Roman Pavlyuchenko became Russia’s top scorer at the European Championship with a goal that evening too.
  • 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 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. That enough?
  • A few statistics, coming up your way.
  • Goal.com's Russian expert Max de Haldevang: Russia are strong favourites on paper and form but they're going to have to get past the mental hurdle of the baying home crowd. If they can do that, they should win easily. If not, it'll be a long night
  • Goal.com's Kornel Pracki is in Warsaw for this, and sends us this update from the National Stadium: Just 60 minutes to the start. The stadium is getting full. There is a big noise, every time the Russian fans are singing, the Polish fans answer with whistles and their songs. You can hardly hear the ''Rosija, Rosija'' calls.
  • Meanwhile, in the Russian camp, Advocaat played down his side's chances: "We have only played one game so we'll see how the next two games go. This first game was important to win, of course, but we'll see what happens if we get nine points at the end (of the group stage)."
  • Poland's coach Smuda has issued a rallying call to ensure the co-hosts stay unbeaten this evening, telling reporters: "I had never considered this game to be a special one, other than the fact it is a great fixture, and it might be a great spectacle for the fans. The most important thing is not to lose. We have not lost to Russia for a long time [since 1996]. Hopefully it will stay this way."
  • Back to tonight's encounter, with Poland still waiting to gain their first victory at a European Championship. On the other hand, Russia could mathematically assure themselves of a quarter-final berth with victory this evening. The last time the sides met in August 2007, late strikes from Jacek Krzynowek and Jakub Blaszczykowski earned the Poles a 2-2 friendly draw in Moscow.
  • Tonight's match hasn't been all about football, sadly. Despite isolated incidents on opening weekend involving Russian fans amongst others, but today is Russia Day where a group of supporters are expected to march to the stadium, with some hostilities expected between the two countries who still maintain bitter relationships. Hope, of course, this doesn't impact on proceedings at the stadium, despite some trouble outside in the Polish capital.
  • Russia, meanwhile have been the most exciting team to watch so far at the tournament. A massive 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday ensured top spot in the group, and they will want to take yet another step towards qualification with another victory. Alan Dzagoev, a tip for the Young Player award, lived upto his burgeoning reputation with a well-taken two goals, complemented by Roman Shirokov and Roman Pavlyuchenko as Dick Advocaat's men made a serious statement to live upto their dark horse billing.
  • Poland kicked off their campaign and the tournament on Friday, in this very stadium. An early Robert Lewandowski goal put Franciszek Smuda's men in the lead in front of a fervent, patriotic and expectant crowd in the capital, and things took a turn for the, uh - unexpected. Sokratis Papastathopoulous saw red in the first half, before 10-man Greece scored through Dimitris Salpingidis. Arsenal goalkeeper was then sent off after conceding a penalty, before substitute Przemyslaw Tyton became an instant national hero after saving the resultant penalty. Slight disappointment for the hosts, who want to build upon Ukraine's win last night and secure a passage into the last eight.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you LIVE updates from the Group A clash, and as always, what has been a feature of our live text commentaries, you can always get involved by sending us your comments, predictions and opinions throughout the next two hours over on Twitter @goal_intl.
  • Match 10 of 31. Getting on a bit aren't we? Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE Euro 2012 commentary. Tonight, we again focus on Group A, and specifically the second round of matches. It's a hostile one, make no mistake. A tantalising encounter between co-hosts Poland and group leaders Russia awaits us from the National Stadium in Warsaw.