June 12, 2012 7:45 PM BST Stadion Narodowy â" Warszawa Referee:â¬ W. Starkâââ
Russia manager Dick Advocaat is unlikely to tinker too much with a team that looked so impressive in defeating Czech Republic in their first match. The only issue is whether to replace goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev with established number one Igor Akinfeev, who has only just recovered from a long-term knee injury. Aleksandr Kerzhakov is set to start again up front despite missing several good chances against the Czechs and his replacement, Roman Pavlyuchenko, coming off the bench to score one goal and create another. Polish media speculation about manager Franciszek Smuda's line-up has focused on the chances he will drop either Ludovic Obraniak or Maciej Rybus for one of two Turkish-based players, Adrian Mierzejewski or Kamil Grosicki, in search of more creativity up front. But he could choose to replace Obraniak with defensive midfielder Dariusz Dudka, seeking to stem the tide against a Russian attack that lit up the tournament's first round of games. Dudka was the player picked to attend Monday's news conference, prompting speculation that meant Smuda was ready to play him. Przemyk Tyto will play in goal in place of the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, having come off the bench to replace the Arsenal man when he was sent off against Greece and saved a penalty with his first touch of the ball.
Franciszek Smuda: "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. 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. " (Yahoo)
Poland vs RussiaÂ Probable Line Up:
Poland: Tyton Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch Murawski, Polanski Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Rybus Lewandowski
Russia: Malafeev Anyukov, Igna'vich, A.Berezutskiy, Zhirkov Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin
Dick Advocaat: "Title talk? That's very optimistic. We have only played one game so we'll see how the next two games go. This first game was important to win, of course, but we'll see what happens if we get nine points at the end (of the group stage). That (Czech Republic) game has gone... we've got three points and we just have to make sure we play well tomorrow. The first result we'll forget about."
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