Euro 2012: Poland Will Beat Czech Republic to Advance to Quarterfinals

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 13, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 12:  Jakub Blaszczykowski of Poland celebrates scoring their first goal 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The Polish national team tied Russia 1-1 for a fantastic result for their UEFA Euro 2012 campaign.

Now, with two points in their first two games, they control their own fate. A win against the Czech Republic will push them through to the knockout stages.

The home fans will be begging the team for a positive result in their final group game on June 16, and Poland will deliver.

The team has showed class and quality at times during their first two matches.

It is difficult to come out sharp in an opening match, and the team certainly had its struggles against Greece. Still they received an impressive goal from striker Robert Lewandowski and pulled out a 1-1 draw.

In their most recent match, Jakub Blaszczykowski scored what should be considered the goal of the tournament. He received the ball on the wing, took one touch to create space, then blasted a left-footed shot into the upper-left corner of the goal.

Both Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski had successful seasons with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. Up until this point in the tournament, they have played equally as well for their country. 

The Poles have quality attackers and a supportive home crowd that will be extremely active in a game that could see them through to the next phase of the tournament. 

The Czechs, on the other hand, have been inconsistent. Their opening match was a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Russia. In their next match, they put in two quick goals and rode their lead to a 2-1 victory.

However the goal they did allow against Greece featured a blatant error by goalkeeper Petr Cech. The Chelsea keeper had a fantastic year for his club, but has not been in as good of form for his country.

This is likely due to a drastically worse defense, but still, the Czech team has little shot of a successful result in the tournament if Cech is not completely flawless. This has not been the case so far.

With Cech not on top of his game and the Poles poised to please their home fans, the Czech team will not be able to pull out a point.

The Polish team has shown flashes of brilliance and they will be as motivated as any team in the tournament. This will lead to a convincing win and a quarterfinal birth in the next round of Group A games.