Euro 2012: Czech Republic vs Poland

The time of the final group games has arrived and it’s do or die for most teams. The two games in each group kick off at the same time, so no team has an advantage of time or knowledge. In group A the Czech Republic faced Poland and Greece faced Russia and no team was certain of going through yet. Poland needed a win and the Czech Republic needed a draw to progress. In was a fun game to watch, without many footballing highlights I might add, and it was the Czech Republic who came out on top when Jiracek scored deep into the second half. Poland tried, but the pressure might have been too much for them and one of the host nations has left the tournament. [42 photos total]

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General view of the City stadium before the start of the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match between Poland and Czech Republic in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Poland, dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader, holds a poster before their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Poland holds up a team scarf before the start of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City Stadium in Wroclaw, (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Large Polish flag is carried by fans before the start of the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match between Poland and Czech Republic at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Poland's players pose for a team photo before the start of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's players listen to their national anthem before the start of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar challenges Poland's Piszczek during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Blaszczykowski challenges Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Blaszczykowski is challenged by Czech Republic's Limbersky during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Lewandowski reacts during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Piszczek is challenged by Czech Republic's Limbersky during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Dudka tackles Czech Republic's Limbersky during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Match referee Thomson of Scotland shows a yellow card to Czech Republic's Limbersky during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Sivok fights for ball with Poland's Lewandowski during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's coach Bilek waits for the start of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech holds ball during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Blaszczykowski challenges Czech Republic's Hubschman during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's goalkeeper Tyton gestures during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Baros reacts during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Lewandowski heads the ball with Czech Republic's Kolar during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Match referee Thomson of Scotland shows Poland's Polanski a yellow card as Czech Republic's Kolar walks by during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Wasilewski tries to block shot of Czech Republic's Baros during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Rosicky looks at his mobile phone while sitting on the substitutes' bench during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar falls during a challenge with Poland's Dudka during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Boenisch crashes into Poland's goalkeeper Tyton as Czech Republic's Sivok looks on during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores past Poland's Wasilewski and Murawski during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores a goal past Poland's Murawski and Poland's Wasilewski during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores past Poland's goalkeeper Tyton during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores a goal to the Poland's goalkeeper's Tyton net during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's goalkeeper Tyton and his team mates react after goal to their net during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek is congratulated by his team mates for a goal during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Blaszczykowski reacts during his team's Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Baros challenges Poland's goalkeeper Tyton during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Poland's fans cheer during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's goalkeeper Petr Cech looks at the ball during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Dudka takes a free kick during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Poland's goalkeeper Tyton reacts after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic players celebrate their victory over Poland after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw, (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's players celebrate winning their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Poland's players acknowledge supporters after losing against Czech Republic during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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A Poland's fan reacts to his team's loss against Czech Republic after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral is greeted by a fan after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Poland at the City stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #

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