Arshavin frustrated by draw
Advocaat also knows there is a need for defensive improvements
Last Updated: June 12, 2012 10:46pm
Andrey Arshavin: Thought Russia started well before playing loosely in the second half in Warsaw
Russia captain Andrey Arshavin was left to rue his side's defensive lapses as they were held to a draw by co-hosts Poland in their second game of Euro 2012.
An entertaining and end-to-end match in Warsaw, which was marred by more than 100 arrests for violent clashes between people in the city earlier on Tuesday, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Russia had taken the lead when rising star Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the summer's finals in the first half.
But Poland, who had nine shots on target, equalised in spectacular style in the second half through captain Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Russia remain on course for the quarter-finals but Arshavin was disappointed at surrendering the lead as he said: "We started well and took the lead.
"But, after the break, we played too loosely allowing Poland to reply on dangerous counter-attacks."
Russia's Dutch coach, Dick Advocaat, praised Poland for their performance and added he was happy with the point.
"Poland played very well tonight, being under the risk of losing the chance to win a place in the last eight if they lost," he said.
"Meanwhile, we allowed them to create too many chances in attack.
"That means we still need to strengthen our defence. We also played well and scored before the break and had many chances in the second.
"But we missed them all. In general, I would say the draw is a good result for us."