Belfast Telegraph

Poland focused on finishing with a victory against Ukraine

By Paul Burrows

Poland manager Adam Nawalka is reluctant to predict where his men might finish in Euro 2016 Group C, stressing the focus is simply on securing three points from today's clash with a Ukraine outfit they are not about to take lightly.

The Poles, who came bottom of the group in their two previous European Championship campaigns, head into their final pool match of this one looking set to make the next round but knowing they could end up anywhere in the top three.

After beating Northern Ireland 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Germany, they are currently second.

Their tally of four points is the same as that of the group-topping Germans, whose goal difference is superior to theirs by one.

Ahead of his side's game in Marseille, which will be played concurrently with Germany facing Northern Ireland in Paris, Nawalka said: "I don't want to speculate about the place in which we will finish.

"What matters is the match and that we want to win three points. That is the most important thing for us."

Ukraine have so far been defeated 2-0 both by world champions Germany and Northern Ireland, but Nawalka said they will show them respect.

"Always, if you disrespect your opponent at any point, the match will be difficult," he added.

  • Poland v Ukraine, Euro 2016 Group C: Marseille, Today, 5.00pm

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