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2051:

It is Poland who go closest to scoring. Ludovic Obraniak hits a teasing ball into the middle and Sebastian Boenisch flicks it goalwards but it hits the leg of Russian goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev, He didn’t know too much about it, Malafeev, but Russia survive.

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2048: Russia enjoying the better of the early exchanges. They look dangerous going forward and Andrey Arshavin tries to pick out Shirokov in the center but Poland clear.

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2045: Wolfgang Stark of Germany is the referee tonight. As he oversees the two captains shaking he hands, Stark grabs their attention and points to the ‘RESPECT’ logo on his sleeve. Poland will kick off.

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Russian football fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, shortly before the two teams were to meet in an emotionally charged match at Euro 2012. Police said 10 people were injured; seven Poles, two Russians and one German.

In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish football hooligans were seen attacking Russians, who responded violently. The two sides, made up of dozens of men, kicked and beat each other in the face, while flares could be seen exploding in their midst.

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2025: Italy forward Antonio Cassano says he hopes there are no homosexual players on the national team at the European Championship, and he also used a derogatory word to describe gays. After being told by an Italian reporter that there might be some undeclared gay players on the team, Cassano appeared at a loss for words before responding.

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2020: The teams have been announced for the second match of the day, Poland vs Russia.

Russia: Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Arshavin, Kerzhakov, Berezutski, Dzagoev. Russia substitutes: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin.

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