POZNAN – Youd think Polands national soccer team was preparing for the Euro Cup final.
Well, Saturdays group game against the Czech Republic isnt really the final. But the Poles are treating it as such.
Poland will have 90 minutes to save their tournament, not only for their country but for tournament organizers as well.
The winner Saturday goes through to the knockout phase and the loser heads home. The Czechs would also benefit from a tie, since they already have three points, while the Poles (two points) need to win.
Most home teams in a tournament of this nature miraculously find themselves in weaker groups. Organizers want to keep home teams involved as long as possible. The reasons are obvious — more interest, better ticket sales and a livelier atmosphere.