Jakub Błaszczykowski came off the bench to score the lone goal and sent Poland through to the Round of 16 while leaving Ukraine with no points and no goals in their tournament total, following a fiercely-contested conclusion to Group C.
Ukraine 0-1 Poland
The winger rifled into the top corner in the second half while Lewandowski and Konoplyanka came close at opposite ends.
A battle between the previous European Championship's hosts occupied the Stade Vélodrome on a warm afternoon in Marseille, with Poland rattling the cages of their neighbours early on. Arkadiusz Milik had acres to run down the left wing after a back heel set him free from the shackles of Pyatov. With the keeper awaiting the attempt, he struck it low and it was thwarted simplistically.
Despite his status as one of the most prolific strikers on the planet, Robert Lewandowski was still without a goal in the tournament, but made good strides to change that in the opening minutes. Probing around the area, he was soon gifted a chance when a cross was whipped round the defence on the left to the striker just a few yards from goal, but he side-footed the bouncing ball straight over the woodwork. Fortunately for him, his shirts weren't made by Puma, meaning they didn't rip when tugged at several times in the game.
Ukraine meanwhile conjured up some attacks of their own, with a piece of excellent defending by Michał Pazdan, sliding in to take out the ball when Zozulya was just about to pull the trigger in scoring range. He then got in the way to stop Yarmolenko, a solid block after a very lively start to the contest. The Ukranians also had a strong case for a penalty appeal which was waved off by referee Svein Oddvar Moen, after Yarmolenko was felled in the area from behind when attempting to get on the end of a cross by Artur Jędrzejczyk,
Andriy Yarmolenko then scufffed his lines on a major chance after Poland were guilty of leaving voids in the defence. A volleyed pass set him free down the right, and it was essentially a one-on-one but with the keeper to beat, he couldn't even hit the target, as he mishit the ball and it drifted wide. There were more opportunities to run when Konoplyanka cut in from the left but his low drilled shot landed in the side netting. The number 10 was just inches away from getting a really strong chance moments later, when the ball fell to him in the area but a poor first touch let him down.
After 45 minutes, it was scoreless, but well easily could have been very different. Poland started well with a cluster of chances before Ukraine turned it around and really unloaded on a defence which struggled to organise themselves. To start the second, youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko headed just over the crossbar after a diagonal ball, but for all their efforts, Ukraine were yet to score in the tournament.
Instead, it was Jakub Błaszczykowski who came off the bench to score a stunning goal and eventual match winner. He picked it up inside the area, and rolled it on to his stronger foot, unleashing a curling effort into the far corner, well out of reach for the keeper as the Poles surged in front.
Poland established a strong rhythm following the goal but Konoplyanka's increasing involvement in attacking moves would set up for a nervy finish at the Vélodrome. Ukraine were desperate to bag a first goal in the tournament, but they were toothless at the attacking end and would be dumped out of the campaign at the full-time whistle with 0 points and 0 goals. Meanwhile, Poland braced the knockouts with high hopes.