Russia 1-1 Poland: What the Result Means for Euro 2012 Group A

Stephen FennellCorrespondent IJune 12, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 12:  The Polish fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Poland and Russia at The National Stadium on June 12, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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The action on the pitch tonight wasn't as exciting as the two-fisted type that could be seen outside the National Stadium in Warsaw.

In saying that, the host nation and their Russian opponents served up an entertaining draw to set up an intriguing third round of matches in Group A.

Prior to the start of this match, Czech Republic bounced back from an embarrassing defeat to Russia by beating 2004 European champions Greece 2-1 in Wroclaw.

This now sets up a situation where Czech Republic and Poland will play out a winner-takes-all game on Saturday for a quarter-final spot.

Regardless of what happens between Russia and Greece, Dick Advocaat's side is certain of qualifying. 

Russia will know that the importance of finishing top to avoid a possible quarter-final encounter with the high-flying Germans.

The score draw in tonight's game sets up a dream scenario for Poland and their supporters however.

Before the tournament began, not a lot was mentioned about a Polish side that contains some highly rated international players.

One has only to cast their mind back to World Cup 2002 and South Korea's fourth place finish to know the importance of home support.

The Czechs will not be relishing the encounter, though confidence will be high that they have the measure of the Polish side on a technical level.

Experience is vital and Czech Republic has it in abundance.

Euro 2012 hasn't been the most exciting tournament we've ever witnessed, although it certainly tops World Cup 2010.

If Ukraine can secure a point in their next game and set up a final game showdown to equal the Polish effort, this tournament will really kick into gear.