#EURO2016: Poland Qualify For Second Round After Beating Ukraine

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A second-half goal from winger Jakub Blaszczykowski was enough to seal a place in the second round for Poland at the 2016 UEFA European Championships.

Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski attempts to beat a Ukrainian player
Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski attempts to beat a Ukrainian player

Blaszczykowski’s goal 9 minutes after the beginning of the second half ensured Poland finished second in Group C with 7 points, and will face Switzerland in their first ever knock out match at the European Championships.

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“It is a very good result overall to get seven points without conceding a goal,” said coach Adam Nawalka. “We started fairly well but lost control of the midfield. The team played very well defensively and we had to show character.

The 1-0 win marked the end of a disappointing campaign for Ukraine, who lost all 3 group matches and failed to score a single goal throughout the tournament.

Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko resigned after the game, lamenting the low quality of Ukranian football. “The level of skill is different in the Ukrainian league and we have to continue to work very hard to close the gap on the other countries,” said Fomenko.

Wana

Wana

Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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