Poland boss Smuda remains confident after Greece draw

Updated: Jun 09, 2012, 10:01 AM IST

Warsaw: Poland manager Franciszek Smuda insisted he is still confident his side will progress in Euro 2012, following their 1-1 draw with Greece.

The co-hosts dominated the first half, taking the lead through Robert Lewandowski inside 20 minutes and seeing opposition defender Sokratis Papadopoulos sent off for a second bookable offence before half-time.

However, Dimitris Salpingidis equalised for the visitors after the restart and Poland were lucky to salvage a point after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off in conceding a penalty, which Przemyslaw Tyton went on to save.

"We are not at a disadvantage," Smuda told reporters.

"I believe in this team, and know that against Russia they will play a good game.

"We have two meetings left and we have to win them. I think that the first meeting usually ends in a draw."

He went on to acknowledge that his players face a weight of expectation from the home crowd, admitting: "For sure the players were under pressure.

"Before the match, during the break, I saw their aggression. Perhaps some are burned.”

When asked about back-up goalkeeper Tyton, who saved Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis’ penalty with his first touch of the game, he simply replied: "Tyton came to the goal without a warm-up, and saved a penalty."