Russia was the better team: Coach

Russia, top of Group A after a 4-1 demolition of the Czech Republic when Poland could only draw with Greece, looked as if they would build on Friday’s victory after Alan Dzagoev headed home in the 37th minute. But the Poles levelled the scores in the 57th, when captain Kuba Blaszczykowski slotted home a Ludovic Obraniak cross with a left-foot pile-driver.

“I thought Russia was better than Poland today but obviously it was a very good game,” the Dutch coach told reporters at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

“We played really well to get a good result. You know they (Poland) have support from 40,000 people, so they’ve got a big advantage. 1-1 was nice but I thought the 1-0 was going to be it because we controlled the game.”

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