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Memorable occasion as both sides reached the knockout stage of Euro for the first time. Pictured: Poland fans dance in the streets during a thunderstorm and heavy rain in Saint Etienne, central France, on the eve of their team's round of 16 soccer match against Switzerland.Reuters

Switzerland take on Poland in the first round of 16 match of Euro 2016 on Saturday in Saint-Etienne. Both sides have qualified to the knockout stage of the European Championship for the first time in history and no matter what their form has been so far, the teams will be expected to put their best foot forward in the match.

Robert Lewandowski, for one, needs to step up his game now considering he has not had even one shot on target in the competition so far. 

Switzerland came second from Group A and held hosts France to a goalless draw in their previous game. Lewandowski's Poland, meanwhile, stood second from Group C in the competition. They too had held another tournament favourites and FIFA World Cup 2014 champions Germany to a goalless draw in one of their group games in Euro 2016.

Both sides haven't fired in terms of goals so far but their defence record has been impressive. While Switzerland conceded just one goal over three matches, Poland conceded none.

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"Poland are a strong, very compact side. They haven't conceded a goal. They've got very good attacking players," said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic in the pre-match conference. "[Robert] Lewandowski works very hard for the team, just like [Arkadiusz] Milik and everyone else. They have great players behind them and three top-class goalkeepers as well. I'm not fearful of them.

"We need to be more clinical going forward and we mustn't allow the opposition to create anything from our mistakes," Petkovic continued. "If we have lacked something it's shooting from distance, but we need to work on the killer pass and the killer cross. I expect three or four of our players in the penalty area when we're on the attack."

Poland coach Adam Nawalka also stressed that his team has to improve on the goalscoring front. "Before the finals, we worked very hard to improve our defensive play and it's worked out well so far. We've got the right results. Now we want to improve how we take our goalscoring chances," said Nawalka.

"We're creating new history for Polish football. We want to work towards genuine success with our efforts. Our history is great, but what's most important is to use the potential of the players at our disposal."

The two sides clashed last time in November 2014 during an international friendly match. The result was a 2-2 draw.

Where to watch live

Euro 2016: Switzerland vs Poland is scheduled for a 2 p.m. BST (6:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. EST) start on June 25, 2016.

India: TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD. Live streaming: Sony Liv.

USA: TV: ESPN 3 USA, ESPN Deportes TV. Live streaming: Watch ESPN.

United Kingdom: TV: BBC One UK. Live streaming: BBC iPlayer.

France: TV: beIN Sports 1. Live streaming: Bein Sports Connect France.

Poland: TV: Polsat TV, Belarus 5. Live streaming: None.

Switzerland: TV: SRF zwei Live streaming: RTS Sport.

 

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