Now Poland will be in control of its own destiny when it comes to advancing from the group. A win against the Czech Republic on Saturday in Wroclaw would be enough to put the Poles in the quarterfinals.
It was a provocative display that struck many as outrageous considering Russia's history with Poland during the 20th century. Revealingly, the banner was in English, suggesting that the Russians were attempting to make a nationalist statement to the wider world. Remember, World Cup 2018 in Russia is only six years away.
Dzagoev is mature beyond his years when it comes to his understanding of positioning and movement, to say nothing of his ruthless finishing touch in the box. (Though he did show an immature side earning a yellow card for needless dissent.) A native of Beslan, Ossetia, Dzagoev was developed at the famous Konoplev soccer academy, which was partially funded by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Any chance we'll be seeing Dzagoev in blue before long?