Euro 2012: Poland ties Russia 1-1, now must win to advance


View Photo Gallery: Jakub Blaszczykowski’s left-footed blast gave the Poles their second draw in as many matches.

Through two rounds of group matches, Group A remains wide open.

Tournament co-host Poland picked up a critical point with a 1-1 draw against Russia to remain in the hunt to reach quarterfinals. After the Czech Republic dispatched Greece 2-1 earlier in the day, all four teams are still alive.

Riding a tidal wave of support from the red-and-white-clad faithful at National Stadium in Warsaw, the co-hosts put the clamps on the tournament’s top-scoring attack for the opening 36 minutes.

Alan Dzagoev header home his third goal of the competition off an Andrei Arshavin free kick in the 37th minute to Russia the lead at the half. But Poland answered 20 minutes later when Jakub Blaszczykowski unleashed a left-footed blast into the top left corner.

The Poles proved the more dangerous side the rest of the way but couldn’t capture the three points needed to vault to the top of the Group A table. Poland now must defeat the Czech Republic in Saturday’s group finale to advance.


Alan Dzagoev (17) nodded home his third goal of the tournament to give Russia the first goal of the night. (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS)

Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria and Switzerland both failed to reach the quarterfinals. Ukraine rode a pair of Andriy Shevchenko headers to a spirited victory its Group D opener Monday and leads the group.

Russia will advance with a draw or win against Greece and would also reach the quarterfinals should the Poles fail to defeat the Czech Republic.

The match was played after Polish and Russian hooligans clashed outside the stadium in Warsaw.

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