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England appeared to tire more in energy-sapping heat, and has never won its first match at a European Championship in six tries.

Polish media fired up anti-Russian feeling Monday by reminding readers of Poland’s victorious 1920 battle against the Bolshevik Army, known as “the miracle on the Vistula,” referring to the river.

The Super Express tabloid carried a front page featuring Poland coach Franciszek Smuda charging on horseback, saber in hand, in a 1920 Polish army uniform under the headline “Faith, Hope, Smuda” — a play on an old Polish army motto: “Faith, Home, Motherland.”

Newsweek’s Polish edition had a front-page picture of Smuda saluting, under the headline: “Poland-Russia: The battle of Warsaw 2012.”

The match in Warsaw falls on the Russia Day national holiday, and up to 10,000 fans will march from the city center to the stadium.

“There should not be any political themes there,” Sergei Fursenko, Russia’s football federation president, said on Russian state TV.

A group of Russians made a friendship gesture Monday by placing flowers at a monument to the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising against Nazi German occupiers in 1944. The fans also laid flowers at a cemetery to Red Army troops killed driving the Germans from the city in January 1945.