Poland 1 – 1 Russia

Man of the Match: Vyacheslav Malafeev. Alan Dzagoev will grab the headlines in Russia as he made it three goals in two matches, but the point gained by Russia was earned by their goalkeeper, Malafeev. The Zenit St. Petersburg player made a string of splendid stops to frustrate the co-hosts, with a first-half, instinctive save to deny Sebastian Boenisch a highlight.

Poland verdict: They are a mad-hatter of a side, full of willing and playing with the handbrake off, but at times lacking composure. It was no surprise their leveller came via a moment of brutal finishing as Jakub Blaszczykowski almost ripped the net apart. Prior to that, they had started brightly, like against Greece, but were then found wanting. Driven on by vocal support, though, the nation claimed a deserved point. A tense final match awaits.

Russia verdict: Four points from six available represents a fine return. After weathering an early Polish storm, the Russians took the lead via a set-piece – a handy weapon to have up one’s sleeve. Andrey Arshavin continued to impress, having stained his form book at Arsenal, while the brilliant Dzagoev boosted his likelihood of a summer move. They are indeed the tournament’s dark horses.

Could do better: A minority of fans. Ugly footage emerged of violent scuffles between sets of fans prior to the match. Arrests were made, and you fear further negative reports are to follow.

Stat attack: Aleksandr Kerzhakov has had 11 shots on goal in Euro 2012, but not a single one of those has hit the target.

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