They call him Kuba, and he is Poland’s god after tonight’s result against the Russians. Violence between the Polish and Russian fans marred the build up to this match for the start of the second set of matchdays in the Euro’s, but it was the name Jakob Blaszczykowski that was all over the Polish lips for Tuesday night as the captain scored a brilliant equaliser after Alan Dzagoev had put Russia ahead with his 3rd goal of the campaign. With names like those, commentators are finding it even harder to make their standard jokes about bad players, poor them…
The other game in Group A saw 2004 winners Greece crash to another bad result as they lost to the Czech Republic 2-1. The Czech’s campaign came alive after a disappointing 4-1 opening defeat to Russia, but Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar put them ahead in 6 minutes. With a dominant first half, you wouldn’t blame the Czech’s for being a little complacent, but keeper Petr Cech made an uncharacteristic poor mistake to let Fanis Gekas tap in from close range, but eventually they held out for a 2-1 win to give them an extra boost for qualification to the quarter finals.
Forget Ronaldo, Rooney and Van Persie, it’s Dzagoev, Blaszczykowsi and Pilar that will be the big names that come out of this tournament, and possibly a transfer to the English Premier League.
By Jason Barr