Euro 2012: Poland vs Russia LIVE!

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Greece 1-2 Czech Republic

Dick Advocaat is not taking anything for granted and does not want his players to get complacent after their rampant showing against the Czech Republic.

"It was just one game that we won and the tournament has barely started," he told uefa.com.

"It was important to win the first game but that game is gone and we have to play well today [Tuesday].

"We will see how the next two games go. We want to play attacking football and against the Czechs it went really well some times and then some times it didn't work."

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Poland vs Russia Starting XIs

Poland (4-5-1): Tyton, Boenisch, Wasilewski, Perquis, Piszczek, Dudka, Polanski, Obraniak, Murawski, Błaszczykowski, Lewandowski

Russia (4-4-1-1): Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutskiy, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov


Advocaat believes that Poland will be going for the victory and warned against underestimating their co-hosts.

"Poland and Russia are going to go for a win and only during the game will you know what will happen.

"Is a draw good enough? I don't think so."

Co-hosts Poland wilted under the weight of expectations in their opening game against Greece and know they will have to be at their best in order to get anything out of their game against high flying Russia.

Polish coach Franciszek Smuda is certain that the pressure heaped on his players during the first game contributed to their poor second half showing but believes it will be different against Russia.

Speaking to uefa.com, he said: "That psychological burden on the players from before the tournament has gone and in the next match we will not be under the same kind of pressure,"

"Of course, I lived with that pressure too, and I felt the 30, 40 million people on my back. It is not easy, but I have felt the warmth of those supporters, at the match and at our training sessions." he added.

Smuda also brushed off suggestions that the rivalry between the two sides would impact the game in any way.

"I had never considered this game to be a special one, other than the fact it is a great fixture, and it might be a great spectacle for the fans," said the 63-year-old. "The most important thing is not to lose. We have not lost to Russia for a long time [since 1996]. Hopefully it will stay this way.

"I have said many times before that Russia are the favourites to win our group," continued Smuda. "They have an excellent team, an experienced squad, and they are saying as much themselves. 

We have a young team, younger than Russia's, but experience is not everything, and youth can cause many problems to any experienced team."


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Greece 1-2 Czech Republic

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