The Polish fans were in full voice as their national heroes took the field.  Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski was on hand to view the match that he hoped would see his proud nation advance to the quarterfinals.  The match began as many Polish fans had hoped, with their team taking the initiative and looking dangerous in the attack.  Dariusz Dudka nearly found the net with a bicycle kick in the early stages, but the ball only found the side netting.

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The Polish dominance continued throughout the early stages and Poland was nearly rewarded, but Robert Lewandowski's effort did not find the net.  Another attempt from Sebastian Boenisch met a similar fate, but the Polish attack continued before eventually subsiding around the 25th when the Czech Republic began to come into the game.  From that point on the Czech Republic were able to dictate the tempo, remaining solid in defense and began to overrun Poland in the midfield.


Full backs Theodor Gebre-Selassie and David Limbersky turned in fantastic performances for the Czech Republic, but the man of the match had to be Tomas Sivok.  The central defender was the keystone of the Czech defense, turning away the continued efforts of the Polish attack.  One of the most thrilling moments of the match had to have been Michal Kadlec's desperation goalline clearance that occurred in stoppage time.


The breakthrough moment in this match came off of the foot of Petr Jiracek in the 72nd minute. Tomas Hubschman's interception in the midfield led to the breakout where he moved the ball to Milan Baros.  Baros passed to Jiracek who cut inside and finished with his right foot past the sprawling Polish defenders.  As the Czech's celebrated the Polish fans began to look as dejected as their players on the pitch.


The Polish performance had dropped in the second half as the squad began to tire.  Even the tireless efforts of Robert Lewandowski were not enough to rescue the hosts. Francisek Smuda introduced attackers Pawel Brozek and Adrian Mierzejewski, but the duo were not able to test Petr Cech thanks to the stout defending from the Czech Republic.

The absence of Czech captain Tomas Rosicky did not stop the Czech Republic from claiming their spot as the unlikely winners of  Group A.  Despite suffering defeat in their first match, the Czechs recovered with two wins against Greece and Poland and will now face the runner up from Group B.