Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski scored from a stunning strike to help his side earn a 1-1 draw against Russia in Group A, leaving all four teams with a chance of making it to the knockout stages.

Alan Dzagoev netted his third goal of the tournament to give Russia the lead when he ran in and diverted Andrey Arshavin's free-kick beyond a helpless Przemyslaw Tyton before the break. The goal gave the Dick Advocaat's side the advantage but they were pegged back in the second half by Blaszczykowski's wonderful goal after a smooth counterattack by the Poles, causing pandemonium at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

Russia entered the game as group leaders, knowing that a win would get them a spot in the quarterfinals, while Poland had to make sure that they do not lose to keep their qualification hopes alive ahead of their final game against Czech Republic on Saturday.

The co-hosts started well and had some decent chances to open the scoring in the first-half, specially for Robert Lewandowski, but they found themselves a goal down just before the break. Russia, who continued their impressive start to this tournament, dominated possession with some neat passing. However, Franciszek Smuda's side pulled off an impressive comeback to earn a spirited draw and keep their tournament hopes alive.

Both sides seemed content to settle for a point in the latter stages, leaving all to play for in the last round of group fixtures.


Certainly Poland's defence is not the best in the tournament. However, in Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski and Ludovic Obraniak, they have three power-packed attacking threats. The Poles showed wonderful character and desire in their second half performance and will be confident about progressing. It's a simple equation before the co-hosts: if they beat the Czechs they will qualify, or else they go out.


Advocaat's team was the better side against the Poles and should have been out of sight of their opponents but for some poor finishing. Their performance dropped after the break but they remained a threat throughout the game. The point leaves Russia at the top of the group and a draw against Greece on Saturday should be enough to see them through.