Poland was the better team for large spells including the first 10-15 minutes when Robert Lewandowski and Ludovic Obraniak kept Vyacheslav Malefeev very busy. This was an end to end affair with plenty of attacking football. Poland had a goal disallowed after a beautiful build up saw Eugen Polanski scoring from a marginally offside position. Russia went ahead through Alan Dzagoev's flick off his head through a free kick. It was Dzagoev's third goal.
The spectre of an early exit put an extra step into the home side but they had to wait for Jakub "Kuba" Błaszczykowski's piledriver to equalize. The collective sigh of relief from a nation rippled throughout the diaspora.
The Poles ended the match on a high note dominating possession and creating many more chances as Russia faded towards the end. On the strength of yesterday's display they have to fancy their chances against the Czech Republic in their last match. They will also get back Wojciech Szczesny in goal serving out his one match suspension.