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Czech Republic stun hosts Poland 1-0, top Group A (2)

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08:19, June 18, 2012

Bilek said,"My players seemed not to get into the game in the first 25 minutes. But we were improving in the first half end, especially on ball possession."

"At the interval, I told them to keep patient," said Bilek.

The second half saw the revival of the Czechs. They launched waves of attacks from the left. Three Poland's players booked yellow, which weakened their defense.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda said, "The Czechs were set in defense. They curb our counterattacks. They played well in the second half."

After conceding a goal, the Poles started to lay siege to the Czechs' goal. But they missed two great chances to level in the last minutes.

In the 82nd minute, Dortmund's defender Lukasz Piszczek launched a lovely cross into the box as four players waited at the far-post. However, Czech defender Sivok rose highest to head clear.

In the 89th minute, Poland broke quickly. Blaszczykowski crossed from the right towards Lewandowski, but Sivok rose highest once more.

Bilek said, "In the second half, the Poles kept on attacking. But they opened their defense and one break created a goal."

In Warsaw, Greece beat Russia 1-0 and advanced in second-place from Group A. Russia stood third and Poland bottom, both were packed.

Bilek said," I feel surprised that Russia lost and must go home. They beat us 4-1 in the first game and became the favorite to be the group winners."

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