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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Ties Russia After Trailing by 2

APRussia's Konstantin Zyryanov, bottom, blocking Rafal Murawski of Poland on Wednesday at Lokomotiv stadium.
Poland struck twice in the second half to hold Russia to a 2-2 draw in an exhibition match late Wednesday.

On a hot and humid evening at Lokomotiv stadium, the Russians looked in control after Dmitry Sychyov and Roman Pavlyuchenko put them 2-0 ahead with headers in the first half.

But with both teams making numerous substitutions after the break, the visitors scored twice in four minutes to level the contest.

Jacek Krzynowek pulled one back with a powerful blast into the top corner from the edge of the box in the 73rd minute and Jakub Blaszczykowski beat Russia's reserve goalie, Anton Shunin, with a low shot four minutes later.

The Poles could have scored a third late in the match, but Dariusz Dudka saw his rising shot hit the underside of the crossbar, rebound off the goal line and bounce out.

The game, which was a face-off between two Dutch managers, Russia's Guus Hiddink and Poland's Leo Beenhakker, served as a final tune-up test for both teams before their respective Euro 2008 qualifiers next month. Russia, two points behind co-leaders Croatia and Israel in Group E, hosts Macedonia on Sept. 8 before traveling to England four days later.

England, meanwhile, lost its exhibition warm-up against Germany on Wednesday despite the presence of David Beckham and a shiny new $1.5 billion Wembley stadium.

The visitors became the first team to beat England in the new-look venue after first-half goals from Kevin Kuranyi and rookie Christian Pander canceled out Frank Lampard's early opener.

Germany coach Joachim Loew was without most of his first choice team, including captain Michael Ballack, and England was also missing several of its stars, including Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Owen Hargreaves.

With so many players on the disabled list, the match gave few pointers to their forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.