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Euro 2012

Russia draw with Poland leaving Group A wide open – Euro 2012 Matchday 5

Group A resumed today. Group leaders Russia took on hosts Poland, while Greece faced a tough contest against Czech Republic

A superb Jakub Blaszczykowski goal earned co-hosts Poland a deserved draw against Russia in Group A.

Russia went in front when Andrey Arshavin’s dangerous free-kick was headed in by Alan Dzagoev, his third goal at Euro 2012.

But Polish skipper Blaszczykowski scored one of the best goals of the tournament so far when he cut inside and fired in a left-foot shot that gave Russia goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev no chance.

The result means all four teams in Group A can still qualify for the knockout stages.

Two goals in the opening six minutes helped the Czech Republic to victory over Euro 2004 winners Greece.

The Czech Republic went in front inside three minutes when Petr Jiracek was played through by Jaroslav Plasil and he slotted home and Vaclav Pilar got the better of two Greek defenders to bundle in a second less than three minutes later. 

Greece got one back when Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was unable to gather and Theofanis Gekas pounced the score in an open net.

But they were unable to get anything and will need to beat Russia in their final group match to have any hopes of going through.

Below are the current Group A Standings after two rounds of fixtures: