Poland Vs. Czech Republic, Euro 2012: Petr Jiracek Puts Czechs Up 1-0

It was coming honestly. After seeing the Greece/Russia score at halftime, the Czech Republic knew they needed to win their match against Poland if they wanted to advance to the quarterfinals. It took 71 minutes, but the goal they so desperately needed finally arrived.

After a rare foray forward for Poland, the Czechs hit on the counter attack. After a series of quick passes to push the ball forward, Milan Baros patiently held the ball up as he moved in on goal, allowing Petr Jiracek time to make a run to his left. Baros made a simple pass and Jiracek beat Przemyslaw Tyton with a low shot.

With Russia still down 1-0, it could be the goal that wins the group for the Czech Republic and books their place in the quarterfinals. Still time left though for Poland.

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