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Archive for June 17th, 2012

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FT Russia 0 – 1 Greece

FT Russia 0 – 1 Greece

Russia have made one change from the side which drew 1-1 with Poland – Denis Glushakov comes in for Konstantin Zyryanov. Greece have made four changes from the defeat to Czech Republic.

At 45+2′, Zhirkov makes a huge mess of it and Karagounis nips in behind and rifles a shot under Malafeev. They weren’t even trying to score yet somehow they lead.

Incredible scenes as the Greece players celebrate and the rest of us wonder if we’re back in 2004. We’ve seen all this before, haven’t we? They defended so well in the second half once they had a lead to protect. The goal itself was bizarre – I still maintain that they were barely even trying to score, they were just eating up time to get to the interval at 1-0. But Karagounis got the goal – he should have had a penalty. He picked up a booking which means he’ll miss the last right match which would be his record appearance. Holebas also got booked at the end and he too will be suspended but is less of a loss. Congratulations to Greece.

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FT Czech Republic 1 – 0 Poland

FT Czech Republic 1 – 0 Poland

Tomas Rosicky failing to recover from his achilles injury. Tyton keeping his place in goal despite the return of Wojciech Szczesny after his suspension.

At 70′, Milan Baros charged at the backtracking Poland defence and incredibly, for the first time in his career, he lifted his head up and found Jiracek to his right. His first touch took him inside Wasilewski, who was sent sliding off into the distance, and then he slid a shot with his right foot past Tyton and into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards out. That’s a wonderfully cool piece of play from Jiracek. The goal means the Czech Republic top the group as it stands, with Greece in second. Russia have to score once; Poland have to score twice. 1-0 for Czech Republic.

The co-hosts, Poland, are out and they’ve still never won a game at the Euros. That’s six games and running now, and frankly, save for a fine opening 20 minutes, they deserved nothing more from a cowardly performance. The Czechs are through as group winners because Greece have remarkably beaten Russia 1-0.