One hundred fans arrested as rival fans clash

Poland and Russia played out a 1-1 draw in Group A on Tuesday night, but the game was slightly overshadowed by serious disturbances in the lead up to kick-off.

In-form Russian attacker Alan Dzagoev opened the scoring for Dick Advocaat’s men, but a sensational Jakub Blaszczykowski equaliser saw the spoils shared.

However, clashes between rival fans in the build up to the game drew attention away from an intense game, as a number of separate incidents led to 100 arrests.

Ten people were injured in the violent clashes, with seven Poles, two Russians and a German taken to hospital, but none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

Violence has been apparent in the tournament to date, and along with racist incidents have marred an exciting competition so far.

A Warsaw spokesperson has admitted that local police were investigating the circumstances of last night’s disruption.

“We are still monitoring the situation and trying to identify the supporters involved. The operation is not over from our side as we continue in our attempts to catch those who are causing trouble,” a statement reads.

Meanwhile, in the other Group B game Czech Republic beat Greece 2-1 to salvage their campaign.

Two goals in the opening six minutes from Vaclav Pilar and Petr Jiracek put the Czechs into a dominant position, and although Theofanis Gekas pulled one back for the Greeks, the three points went to Michal Bilek’s men.

Bilek was happy with the nature of the team’s win but bemoaned the loss of Tomas Rosicky to injury.

“The changes (to the starting line-up) proved useful, we played a great first half, controlled the game, we soon scored twice, the first half was great,” Bilek told Sky Sports.

“Tomas Rosicky picked up an injury and we missed his creative skills, we found it hard to create, we conceded a terribly stupid goal and then got under pressure.

“While its hard to tell the exact nature of it (Rosicky’s injury) at the moment it’s unpleasant, we have to hope he’ll be all right.”

“We missed him in the second half as he is a key player for us in attack as he can add tempo our game.”

By Gareth McKnight

 


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