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Polish skipper gutted after defeat

Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski admitted it was a shame that the host nation had been eliminated at the group stage, but said that the experience of a major tournament would stand his side in good stead for the future.

The positive thing is that we fought to keep things even in all three matches. It was a great tournament, just a shame that we have gone out so early. In the first half we had several great opportunities which we couldn't put away. After the break we knew that we had to attack more. But the Czechs played on the counter and caught us out with one of them. It's very important that we take away big tournament experience.

– Polish captain Jakub Blaszczykowski


Smuda quits as Poland coach

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has said he will leave his job following the tournament co-hosts' elimination from Euro 2012. The Poles finished bottom of their group after a 1-0 defeat by neighbours the Czech Republic. "This is 100 per cent the end of the road," Smuda told Polish television.


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