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Dortmund's Blaszczykowski gifts Poland perfect start to Euro 2016 preparation

With a number of top Bundesliga talents, many predict Poland may be Germany's toughest opponents in the group stages of Euro 2016 this summer. A goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski was enough to beat Serbia on Wednesday.

Poland kicked off their preparations for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 1-0 win over Serbia in Poznan on Wednesday night.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski scored the only goal of the evening half an hour in to the game with a low shot, after Serbia failed to clear a free-kick from Arkadiusz Milik. Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski came close on a number of occasions but despite dominating large portions of the game the hosts were unable to secure a more comfortable lead.

Four Bundesliga players were named in Adam Nawalka's squad - Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski, Lukasz Piszczek and Przemyslaw Tyton - with all but Tyton taking part in the game.

Poland will face Germany in Group C of the European Championships in Paris on June 16. Group C also includes Northern Ireland and Ukraine.

The top two teams in each of the six groups and the best four third-placed sides in the competition qualify for the knockout rounds. But that doesn't mean qualification is a certainty for either Poland or Germany.

Having beaten Joachim Löw's side 2-0 in the qualification campaign and finished just one point behind the world champions in the Group C table, Poland will undoubtedly believe they can upset their neighbors in France this summer and potentially even beat them to top spot in Group c.

Nawalka's side face Finland on Saturday before two pre-tournament friendlies against the Netherlands and Lithuania at the start of June.