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June 16, 2012
• Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
Referee: C. Thomson
• Attendance: 41480
P. Jiráček 72'
Anyway, that's all from me, folks. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the reaction to this game and more.
Meanwhile, the Russians have lost to Greece, who progress. How many were tipping Czech Republic and Greece to qualify, especially after their performances on the opening day of the season.
And that's full time. The Czechs break out in ecstasy, and Poland collapse to the floor. The visitors progress, and the hosts are knocked out of their tournament.
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Tomas Pekhart
90' + 4'
WHAT A SAVE!!! With the last move of the game, Kuba is sent clear, and shoots, but Kadlec gets back and heads the ball off the line. that was the Czechs' place in the knock-out stages on the line.
90' + 3'
The Czechs breathe a sigh of relief as Mierzejewski's free kick is headed clear, and the referee gives them a free kick.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Kuba is incredulous after the referee gives the Czechs a throw in after it looked like he had been dispossessed.
Yellow Card Damien Perquis
Perquis becomes the fifth Polish player to pick up a booking tonight with a cynical lunge.
Piszczek plays a lovely ball down the right to Kuba, who crosses towards Lewandowski, but Sivok gets his head to it first.
Yellow Card Jaroslav Plasil
Yellow Card Jakub Blaszczykowski
And we're having a bit of a scrap in the centre of the pitch as Pilar takes a long time to take off the pitch. Plasil is shown a yellow card for the Czechs, and Kuba picks one up for the Poles. Just a few minutes to go...
Hubschman gives away a free kick about 10 yards outside the area, but Dudka blasts it straight into the wall. The ball falls to Piszczek who swings in a cross towards Wasilewski, who heads over, but was called offside anyway.
Gebre Selassie sells Cech short with an awful back pass, but the Chelsea goalkeeper reaches the ball ahead of the onrushing Lewandowski.
Michal Zachodny is reporting that the Poland fans have begun singing their national anthem in an effort to rouse their team. They'll certainly need it at this point.
We're having a momentary break in play as a ferocious Piszczek volley struck Jiracek square on the head.
Kuba wins a corner down the right by beating his man, and driving a cross behind off Limbersky, but Poland waste it.
Plasil swings in a dangerous-looking three kick, which is precariously headed away by Dudka, who prevented it from falling to the unmarked Sivok.
That just sums Poland up, really Mierzejewski swings in a corner which is headed clear by the first man. Poland clear their lines, and Baros almost doubles the lead after Piszczek gifts him possession, but Tyton beats him to the loose ball.
That could have been game over. Baros is called marginally offside, but that doesn't stop him from rounding Tyton and putting it in the back of the net.
Poland have made a couple of attacking substitutions as they set about in pursuit of a path back into this match. But they've done nothing since the beginning of the second half, and it's looking ever more likely that the hosts will be eliminated.
Goal Petr Jirácek
GOAL!!! The Czechs have ruined the party. Poland give the ball away needlessly, and Baros advances into their half, and slips the ball to Jiracek, who steps inside his man, and slots it home. As it stands, the Czechs are group winners!
Assist Milan Baros
Obraniak manages to head it on Grosicki, but, under heavy scrutiny from Gebre Selassie, he can only concede a goal kick.
And now another words from Michal Zachodny, who is in the stadium tonight: "The crowd is relentless in its support, but the Poles are struggling on the pitch, giving away many cheap fouls in dangerous positions - even before the game Smuda's team was by far most often fouling in the whole tournament, now they only kept up their reputation..."
Poland have so nearly shot themselves in the foot. Obraniak needlessly gives the ball away in the middle of the park, and Baros forces a good save from Tyton with a 30-yard effort. He had other options who might have been able to do more, though...
Piszczek hoofs the ball up-field, and Czech Republic sportingly put the ball out of play when Lewandowski goes down clutching his face after a Hubschman challenge.
WHAT A SAVE!! The resulting free kick finds an unmarked Sivok at the far post, and it looks as though he's scored, but the goal-bound header strikes Tyton, who punches the ball away at the second attempt.
Yet another free kick just outside the Poland box as Piszczek hauls down Pilar.
Plasil's free kick finds Gebre Selassie, but the ball is slightly too high for him and he can only head over. The Czechs are certainly on top now.
Poland fail to clear their lines from the resulting free kick, and eventually give away another set piece when Dudka fouls Sivok in the right hand corner.
Yellow Card Marcin Wasilewski
Wasilewski gives the Czechs a free kick on the very brink of the penalty area with a nasty lunge on Limbersky. Big chance for the visitors.
Every time Poland get the ball, they concede possession again so quickly. The dream day is looking less and less likely.
The Czech pressure continues. Jiracek gets down the right, but can only concede a goal kick. Time's running out for both of these countries though.
Once again, the Czechs look threatening with Kolar and Gebre Selassie combining well, but the latter is eventually caught offside.
And Poland have made a change as they look to regain the impetus here. Polanski has been withdrawn, with Grosicki replacing him.
Not for the first time, Gebre Selassie charges down the right and puts in a lovely ball across the face of goal that evades everyone. Poland eventually clear it, but Limbersky recovers possession, bounds into the box, and forces a shot into the side netting.
This has been an awful start to the second half from Poland. They've been limp and lifeless, and the Czechs are all over them.
Baros seizes possession of the ball, tries to find the right angle to shoot, and wins a corner when his eventual effort goes behind, via a Perquis deflection.
Kuba swings in a free kick towards Wasilewski, and although Cech looked a little unsure of himself, it trickles out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Eugen Polanski
Eugen Polanski will miss the quarter-final, assuming Poland get there, after picking up a booking for hacking down Pilar, who had brilliantly tackled Lewandowski seconds earlier.
The corner fails to threaten, but Baros recovers the ball and slips in Pilar, who swings in a cross which is well-headed away.
Boenisch concedes a corner and the Czechs will have a chance to get themselves ahead early in the second half.
Plasil hacks the ball forward, but it's an aimless ball, and Poland recover possession.
And we're back! The Czechs get the game back underway.
If we are to assume that the Czechs have heard about the Greek goal, perhaps they will be a little more expansive in the second half and the game will open up a bit. The teams are back out, and we'll soon find out what will happen.
According to our man Michal Zachodny, the Greek goal has been greeted by cheers in Wroclaw. As it stands, they're second, and the onus is on Poland and Czech Republic now.
For Poland, the task remains very much the same, after the Greek goal. They need to win, but can they create, and finish their chances. Many of our readers are asking for Wolski to be brought off the bench. Wouldn't it be a fantastic story if the teenager became his country's hero?
Deep, deep into injury time in tonight's other Group A fixture, Greece have gone a goal up against Russia via a Karagounis goal. Now a 0-0 draw wouldn't work for either side.
After about a second of injury time, the referee blows for half-time. Poland started the game excellently, but were let down by their finishing. However, as the game wore on, the Czechs came into the fixture. However, it's goalless at the break. Just 45 minutes more for either these teams to secure progression.
The beautiful link-up play that defined the Poles' early movements returns, and Lewandowski lays it off to Murawski, who blasts a shot wide, but via a deflection.
Almost a horrible moment from Tyton. Pilar weaves in off the left wing, and although his initial effort took came back to him via his own player, his second is spilled by the PSV keeper, who gathers the ball at the second attempt.
Lewandowski plays a beautiful through ball towards Kuba, but Kadlec sticks out a leg and stops it from reaching its intended destination.
This is a good period for the Czechs. After a long string of passes, Plasil lets fly from 30 yards, but Tyton catches the ball, despite a hefty deflection off Perquis.
What a chance! Baros beats the offside trap, but fails to control beautiful ball over the top of the Polish back line. He looks over to the assistant referee, hoping that an offside flag will spare his blushes, but Boenisch had played him onside. Huge chance.
Incidentally, Greece and Russia are still drawing in tonight's other match.
Here's Goal.com's Czech expert Mark Smith's take on matters thus far: "Very slack passing from the Czechs in the opening 30 minutes. Pilar in particular has been frustrating on the left flank. So far so good, in terms of the scoreline, but it feels like a matter of time before Poland take the lead. The Czech players need to hear that half time whistle soon so they can regroup."
Gebre Selassie gets down the right brilliantly - again - and pulls the ball across the face of goal towards Baros. However, it's hacked clear. Rather simply, too.
Obraniak tries to dink a delicate ball into Lewandowski, but his delivery was poor, truth be told, and Sivok gratefully heads the ball away. The stream of Polish chances has dried up a little now.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Czechs have seen marginally more of the ball than Poland so far - you wouldn't have guessed it, Poland have been all over them.
Polanski is dispossessed in midfield by Kolar and the Czechs advance. However, they soon waste the ball and surrender possession back to the Poles.
A rare sight of goal for the visitors now. Plasil swings in a corner which Kolar meets at the near post, but his header flies over. Tyton has had nothing to do thus far.
The Borussia Dortmund trio of Piszczek, Lewandowski and Kuba combine brilliantly, but Hubschman gets across and deals with the danger. He's had a great game so far.
And now a word from our man in the stadium Michal Zachodny: "A storm is coming, but it's not another Polish attack, just one look in the sky. There's enough to indicate that a delay as yesterday may happen - the lightning cannot be seen yet, but the thunder is heard for the moments when crowd is a bit calmer."
The longer this match has gone on, the more dominant the hosts have been. Lewandowski and Wasilewski have missed the pick of the chances, and they've also come close when Dudka and Obraniak struck the side netting. They're playing great football - it would be a shame if their wastefulness in front of goal sent them packing.
Yellow Card Rafael Murawski
What a chance, again! The Czechs eventually scramble the resulting corner clear, but when the ball is pumped back into the box, Wasilewski meets it, but can only send a header straight at Cech. Poland could live to regret these missed chances.
The Poles are really laying siege to the Czech goal. Polanski's path to goal is blocked by Hubschman, and the ball breaks to Boenisch, who shoots from all of 30 yards, and forces a fantastic save from Cech.
Lewandowski concedes a free kick for high foot on Gebre Selassie - it looked potentially dangerous, but the Czech full back is OK.
The predictions and thoughts are still coming in, and Goal.com's readership are still split between these two sides: a draw, and a win for either team all seem to be equally backed.
The Czechs go on a rare attack, but Boenisch does brilliantly to intercept the ball, but squanders the chance to break when by sending an aimless long ball straight back to the Czech defence. So wasteful.
Yet more brilliant build-up play sets Polanski free just outside the area. The Mainz midfielder snatches at his effort, and it flies over.
Great defending! Obraniak goes for goal, but Kadlec puts his body on the line and stops the goal-bound effort from going in this his head. The ball falls for Boenisch, who drags an effort wide. This has been a brilliant start - all we need now is a goal.
Yellow Card David Limbersky
Limbersky picks up the first booking of the day for a nasty, vicious lunge on Kuba, and Poland have a free kick in a threatening area.
What. A. Chance. A lovely passing move from Poland slips Lewandowski in. The Dortmund striker side-steps Gebre Selassie, but slips as he shoots and his left-footed shot flashes wide. The Poles really need to start taking these chances, or risk a repeat of the Greece match.
And now a threatening moment from the Czechs. Pilar bounds down the left, but Wasilewski gets across and deals with it.
There's a half-hearted appeal for a penalty from the Poland fans when the resulting corner appeared to strike Hubschman on the arm, but the referee doesn't give the decision. It would have been very harsh.
Yet more pressure from Poland. A cunning through ball slips Kuba through, but Cech gets off his line well to block the Dortmund man's effort, but concedes a corner.
There's another raw from the Poland fans as Obraniak blasts a free kick into the side-netting again. However, the ecstasy soon dies down when the home fans realise that the strike had hit the wrong side of the net.
There's a brief exchange of words between Damien Perquis and Milan Baros as the Czech striker fouls the France-born defender. It could be a heated one tonight!
Big, big chance for the Czechs now. Gebre Selassie goes on a trademark run down the right and pulls the ball across the face of goal. Pilar comes in off the left, but scuffs his shot, and it dribbles away. It should have been a goal!
SO CLOSE!! The Czechs struggle to deal with the free kick, and eventually Dudka tries an overhead kick, but it strikes the side netting. The home crowd though it was in.
Lewandowski wins a free kick on the right wing after a ferocious tackle from Kadlec.
And the hosts give everyone an early touch of the ball, and move forward down the right, but Limbersky gets the ball clear.
And we're off! Poland get the game underway!
We've had the national anthems, and the action will start soon. It's a rainy night in Wroclaw, and it's bound to be an atmospheric evening. Early predictions from our readers are going in Poland's favour. Keep 'em coming, folks!
The teams are out. This is the moment of truth for both nations - who will come out on top?
The teams are in the tunnel, and we'll soon be underway!
these two sides met in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, and came away from the clashes with one win apiece. In Prague, the Czechs ran out 2-0 victors, but in the first meeting, in Chorzow, Poland won 2-1, with Kuba scoring the all-important second goal.
Here's a word from our man Michal Zachodny, who is in the stadium tonight: "It kind of feels like a knock-out stage already, and the expectations are huge tonight. To be fair to the Czechs, nobody expected them to be in the front driving at this stage, especially after poor opening showing against Russia. Hosts were the team to progress, although now only a win will do. If we are to believe Franciszek Smuda, the team faced bigger pressure against Greece than now. On today's evidence, based on fans' reactions, I strongly disagree."
So, we're just under 20 minutes away from kick-off. What will happen? Will Poland end their run of near misses and secure qualification for the knock-out rounds, or will Czech Republic spoil the hosts' party? You can send your predictions in via Twitter to @goal_intl, or get involved in the chat window of our new live match centre.
Meanwhile, for Poland, Damien Perquis has recovered after limping out of training, and keeps his place at the heart of defence: Tyton; Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch; Murawski, Polanski, Dudka; Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski, Obraniak
For Czech Republic, Tomas Rosicky has been ruled out, and is replaced by Daniel Kolar: Cech; Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky; Hubschman, Plasil; Jiracek, Kolar, Pilar; Baros
The teams are in, and there's some interesting injury news. Full lineups to follow...
It's do or die time for both of these teams. They will know that a victory will see them progress to the quarter-finals, but a draw would eliminate Poland, and leave the Czechs needing Russia to avoid defeat against Greece in today's other match.
Good evening! It's the final match-day in Group A or Euro 2012, and Goal.com will be bringing you all the action from Poland's clash with Czech Republic.
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