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Poland target quarter-finals
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 by SNTV


European Championship co-hosts Poland were back in training on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after their morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Russia.


It is fair to say that the spirit in the Poland camp is high.

After drawing 1-1 with rivals Russia the previous night, Franciszek Smuda's side trained in front of hundreds of Polish fans in Warsaw on Wednesday.

Next up for the tournament co-hosts is a crucial final Group A game against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Saturday.

Win the match and Poland are guaranteed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in only their second European Championship and midfielder Dariusz Dudka believes it is possible.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Dariusz Dudka, Poland midfielder
"We need only one-zero and we can do it. After the game against Russia…. we have confidence and I think we're going go play good."

Robert Lewandowski scored the opening goal of the tournament and is the subject of plenty of transfer speculation.

But the Borussia Dortmund striker is not thinking too far ahead.

Well, he is trying not to anyway.

SOUNDBITE: (Polish) Robert Lewandowski, Poland striker
"Of course, it's not an easy team to play against and I hope we will play well and we hope we can win, but we will win because we want to be in the final. I mean the quarter-final."

Saturday is set to be a dramatic night as any side can still progress from Group A.

However, Poland must beat Czech Republic if they are to reach the last eight.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia