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Euro 2016: Glik calls for Poles to keep their defensive record going

BY Adam McKendry

Poland defender Kamil Glik is determined to continue his side's perfect clean sheet record at Euro 2016.

The Poles didn't concede a goal in any of their three group matches and picked up two wins - including their 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Nice - and a draw on their way to second place in Group C, marking the first time they have progressed beyond the group stage.

Their reward for making it into the last 16 is a meeting with Group A runners-up Switzerland in Saint-Etienne today.

Torino defender Glik maintains that his side's hard work before the tournament is what has led to their excellent defensive record.

"We worked hard in the training camps ahead of the Euros. We put in some hard, painstaking work," the 28-year old said.

"We repeated a number of training drills on movement, over and over. That allowed us to build up an automatic understanding between the defence and the midfield.

"The whole team has improved on this front. It's nice to see this hard work is paying off at such a crucial time."

Glik also noted the dangers that the Swiss will pose in today's knockout clash. He added: "They have some good players in midfield in Granit Xhaka, Blerim Dzemaili and Valon Behrami, as well as Haris Seferovic up front, and good players at the back. They work well together."

In tomorrow's last 16 ties, Group C winners Germany will face Slovakia in Lille and Hungary will take on Belgium in Toulouse after topping Group F.

  • Poland v Switzerland, Euro 2016 Round of 16: Saint-Etienne, Today, 2.00pm

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