Euro ’12 – Blaszczykowski Saves Poland’s Bacon … For Time Being


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A late first half goal from Russia striker ALAN DZAGOEV, already a third of this 2012 UEFA European Championships for the little CSKA Moscow 21-year-old, then, certainly looked to have the host nation on the proverbial ropes. But it was the Poland captain, himself, who was determined to not go down with the ship. And so, just before the hour, the Polish skipper quite literally took matters directly into his own hands, er, ah, feet.

It was a brilliant first touch by JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI that truly enabled the winger from two-time defending German Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund to beguile one last Russian defender and create the most dangerous shooting lane. The well-placed, left-footed missle curled delicately inside the far post only at the last moment and sincerely left outstretched goalkeeper VYACHESLAV MALAFEEV of Zenit St. Petersburg no prayer whatsoever. Without question, a memorable goal for the ages from the captain that will rank among the best ever scored by a member of Poland’s national football team – to speak nothing of a major international tournament on home ground no less.

However, in spite of a 10th career goal for Blaszczykowski on his 53rd career appearance for Poland, the host nation will still have to defeat the neighboring Czech Republic in its third and final Group A match in order to advance to the next round at Euro ’12 …

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