Czech Republic 1 – 0 Poland

Man of the Match: Tomas Sivok While there were outstanding performances in attack, Sivok was the rock on which the Czech side based their defence. The defender won countless headers as Poland bombarded the area, dealt with the tireless Robert Lewandowski throughout and threatened from corners in attack.

Czech Republic verdict: The Czech side were outstanding once they had seen off the initial 25 minute Poland surge. Defensively solid, they dictated the tempo of the game from the half-hour mark onwards with Vaclav Pilar a constant thorn in the Polish side on the left flank. Full-backs Theodor Gebre Selassie and David Limbersky’s tireless work was key to the side’s attacking threat.

Poland verdict: Poland will live to rue early missed chances, with Lewandowski and Eugen Polanski both firing wide as the Poles dominated the early stages. They struggled to maintain early energy levels and quickly allowed the Czechs into the ascendency. While they were looking to push forward for the goals they needed, they failed to control the midfield and rarely put severe pressure on their opponents.

Could do better: Rafal Murawski Poland suffered in the second-half as they failed to control possession in the midfield. The side’s attacking players were thwarted as Czech Republic bossed the midfield, with Polish trio of Murawski, Dudka and Polanski culpable. Murawski, the side’s experienced central playmaker, was poor and should have looked to take command of the centre of the pitch. Instead, he struggled to cope with the brilliant defensive shield offered to Czech Republic by Tomas Hubschman.

Stat attack: It took Czech Republic 29 minutes to register a shot against Poland, the longest any side has waited in a Euro 2012 match.

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