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  • Date:12 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:Wroclaw Municipal Stadium - Wroclaw
  • Fanis Gekas (53)
  • Petr Jiracek (3)
    Vaclav Pilar (6)

Live Commentary


Massive win for the Czechs, who give their hopes of progression to the knockout phase a real shot in the arm. Greece on the other hand, were woeful and only registered on the scoresheet thanks to Cech's mistake. They're not out of the tournament yet, but need to improve dramatically to give themselves a chance.


Full-time: Greece 1-2 Czech Republic


Change for the Czechs as Kolar is replaced by Frantisek Rajtoral, so the substitute is substituted. We're now into the first of three minutes of injury time.


More hopeless crosses from the Greeks are either mopped up by the Czech defenders or allowed to bounce out of play. Neither team are creating chances here, with the Czechs apparently content to see the game out.


Greece just don't seem to have the confidence in their own ability to penetrate the Czech backline. They repeatedly get to just into the final third and cross from deep rather than attempt to find holes in the defence. They are not looking likely to score right now.


The Czechs have just made their first sortie up the pitch in quite some time, but rather than sustain the pressure, Pilar got hasty and attempted a wonder-goal by letting fly from 30 yards, only to clear the crossbar by a distance.


Finally Greece are starting to show urgency. Maniatis has just burst down the right and swept a tasty-looking cross into the box, but it was too high for the leaping Mitroglou.


The Czechs are starting to invite pressure now by sitting deep and not playing the ball out of defence. It's inviting the Greeks to attack them. Meanwhile, Greece have replaced Fortounis with Kostas Mitroglou.


Greece can't break down the Czech defence so they have just resorted to trying from long range. Karagounis created space and laid the ball off for Giannis Maniatis, but his 25-yard right-foot strike was high and wide.


Greece were handed a lifeline with that goal but they so far don't seem in any rush to take it. They're still lacking creativity and are carrying very little threat up front. Meanwhile, Kolar has been booked for a barge on Kostas Fortounis.


Substitution for the Czechs as Baros is replaced by Tomas Pekhart.


Better goalkeeping this time from Cech as Karagounis plays a devillish ball into the box for Torosidis, but the Chelsea stopper rises high to punch the ball clear under pressure.


Dimitrios Salpingidis becomes the fifth player to be booked in this game for a late challenge on David Limbersky.


Kyriakos Papadopoulos picks up a yellow card for a foul on Baros.


Fanis Gekas gets Greece back in it but the goal came courtesy of a massive mistake by, of all people, Petr Cech. Samaras played a hopeful ball into the box and the Chelsea goalkeeper inexplicably spilled it right to the feet of Gekas, who sidefooted into an empty net.


Goal! Greece 1-2 Czech Republic


It's very much as you were in Wroclaw. The Czechs are still happy to let Greece have the ball deep but they are creating absolutely nothing. And surprisingly, the Greeks aren't playing with a great deal of urgency at the moment.


We're back under way and the Czechs have already had a chance to score after Gebre Selassie bundled his way into the box. His shot was part-blocked but fell to Milan Baros, who was tackled by Torosidis before he could pull the trigger.


Half-time: Greece 0-2 Czech Republic. A flying start from the Czechs and they built on that by controlling possession for much of the first half. The Greeks, meanwhile, have been desperately poor and will need to improve drastically after the break if they are to get anything from this game.


Goal disallowed! And it's the Greeks who had the ball in the net, but Georgios Fotakis was judged to have been narrowly offside before heading Torosidis's deep cross from the right channel past Petr Cech in the Czech goal.


The Greek cause is looking really hopeless at the moment. Their only tactic seems to be playing long to Samaras and hoping he can nod the ball down to a team-mate, but instead he is being snuffed out at every turn by the Czech central defenders, Tomas Sivok and Michal Kadlec. It has been very, very easy for the Czechs so far.


Vassilis Torosidis picks up a yellow card for Greece for a late challenge from behind on the Czech goalscorer, Pilar.


Greece have gone back into their shell again and it's the Czechs who are dictating play. Greece's main problem is they simply don't have enoguh men in advanced positions, which means their central striker, which has so far been Georgios Samaras, is badly isolated.


Rosicky continues to be the fulcrum of the Czechs' play and he duly finds space in between the Greek defence and midfield to let a shot fly from 25 yards that a sprawling Sifakis turns around the post.


After the fireworks of the first five minutes, the game has really died down. It's the Czechs' turn to start playing the ball around now, with the bulk of their traffic going predictably through Tomas Rosicky, who in turn is spreading it out with their touchline-hugging wide men. Meanwhile, Rosicky picks up a yellow card for a high foot on Giorgos Karagounis.


More injury concerns for the Greeks as their goalkeeper, Chalkias, kicks the ball out of play and draws the attention of the referee. And he is indeed coming off, to be replaced by Michalis Sifakis.


Greece are actually starting to control possession now. The Czechs have got their goal and don't need to go chasing the game, so seem happy to let the Greeks have the ball in midfield. The problem is, they aren't doing too much with it when they get into the final third.


The shell-shocked Greeks are only just recovering from that double-salvo from the Czechs. They're finally starting to retain possession and find team-mates with passes, but it's taken them almost 15 minutes.


There was a question that Kostas Katsouranis had got the final touch on Gebre Selassie's cross for the second goal, but Pilar just got a knee to it. The Greeks are paying a heavy price so far for the absence of their two first-choice central defenders.


Going back to the first goal, it was beautifully constructed by a superb through-ball from Tomas Hubschman, leaving Jiracek to run on and finish from just inside the box.


Goal! Greece 0-2 Czech Republic. Vaclav Pilar doubles the lead for the Czechs by bundling home Theodor Gebre Selassie cutback from the byline. Incredible start from the Czechs.


Goal! Greece 0-1 Czech Republic. Petr Jiracek gives the Czechs the lead, beating Kostas Chalkias in the Greece goal with left-footed strike after a wonderful defence-splitting pass.

And we're under way in Wroclaw, where the Czechs have made the more urgent start and are looking to get the ball forward early.

The teams have emerged from the tunnel and we're now going through the national anthems. The Czechs are in red today, with Greece in white. The Czechs will need to show a lot more potency than they did in their first game against Russia.

There are ugly scenes unfolding in Warsaw ahead tonight's clash between Russia and Poland, with television pictures showing rival fans fighting the city.

Greece will have good memories of playing the Czechs having beaten them in the semi-final on their way to winning Euro 2004. Traianos Dellas saw off a strong Czech team with a "silver goal" in extra-time.

And here's the Czech team: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky, Hubschman, Plasil, Jiracek, Rosicky, Pilar, Baros. Subs: Lastuvka, Suchy, Hubnik, Necid, Rezek, Petrzela, Rajtoral, Kolar, Pekhart, Lafata, Darida, Drobny.

Here's how Greece will line up: Chalkias, Torosidis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Katsouranis, Holebas, Fotakis, Maniatis, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Samaras, Fortounis. Subs: Tzorvas, Tzavelas, Malezas, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Gekas, Ninis, Fetfatzidis, Sifakis.

Greece are without Sokratis Papastathopoulos after his red card against Poland and will be replaced in central defence by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

Welcome along to our coverage of Day 5 at Euro 2012, as Greece face Czech Republic in Group A. Greece will be looking to build on the point they earned in the tournament opener against Poland, while the Czechs will be keen to bounce back after their heavy 4-1 defeat against Russia and need a positive result to keep their hopes of progression alive.

The teams are on their way back out in Wroclaw. Both sides are making a change, with the Czechs sending on Daniel Kolar in place of Rosicky, while Fanis Gekas has replaced Fotakis.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Fernando Santos Coach
  • Kostas Chalkias Goal
  • Vassilis Torosidis Defender
  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos Defender
  • Konstantinos Katsouranis Defender
  • Jose Holebas Defender
  • Giorgos Fotakis Midfielder
  • Giannis Maniatis Midfielder
  • Giorgos Karagounis Midfielder
  • Dimitrios Salpingidis Forward
  • Giorgios Samaras Forward
  • Kostas Fortounis Forward
  • Alexandros Tzorvas Substitute
  • Giorgos Tzavelas Substitute
  • Stelios Malezas Substitute
  • Grigoris Makos Substitute
  • Nikos Liberopoulos Substitute
  • Sotiris Ninis Substitute
  • Giannis Fetfatzidis Substitute
  • Michalis Sifakis
  • Fanis Gekas
  • Kostas Mitroglou

Czech Republic

  • Michal Bilek Coach
  • Petr Cech Goal
  • Theodor Gebre Selassie Defender
  • Tomas Sivok Defender
  • Michal Kadlec Defender
  • David Limbersky Defender
  • Petr Jiracek Midfielder
  • Tomas Hubschman Midfielder
  • Tomas Rosicky Midfielder
  • Jaroslav Plasil Midfielder
  • Vaclav Pilar Midfielder
  • Milan Baros Forward
  • Jan Lastuvka Substitute
  • Jaroslav Drobny Substitute
  • Marek Suchy Substitute
  • Roman Hubník Substitute
  • Tomas Necid Substitute
  • Jan Rezek Substitute
  • Milan Petrzela Substitute
  • David Lafata Substitute
  • Vladimír Darida Substitute
  • Daniel Kolar Substitute who played
  • Tomas Pekhart Substitute who played
  • Frantisek Rajtoral Substitute who played

Match Report

Czechs gain revenge on Greeks to stay alive
The Czech Republic kept alive their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as they beat Greece 2-1 in their Group A clash here on Tuesday.
Victory not only took the Czechs onto three points with a game to come against co-hosts Poland but was also revenge for their defeat by the Greeks in the Euro 2004 semi-finals.
The Greeks - who went on to win the Euro 2004 title - are stuck on just a point with Russia, who beat the Czechs 4-1 in their opener, to come.
The Czechs made a dream start scoring twice in the opening six minutes with Jiri Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar scoring.
Greece threatened to get back into the match seven minutes into the second-half when Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech spilled the ball straight to Fanis Gekas and he tucked the ball away.
The Czechs made a dream start as they took advantage of the out of sorts second choice Greek centreback pairing of Kostas Katsouranis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who had replaced the injured Avraam Padadopoulos and the suspended Socratis Papastathopoulos.
First Jiracek was picked out in the third minute by Thomas Hubschman with a superb ball over the top which the Wolfsburg dynamo ran on to and fired in a shot that gave Greek 'keeper Costas Chalkias no chance.
Chalkias was at fault for the second goal three minutes later as he failed to cut out Theo Gebre Selassie's ball from the byline and with the two Greek central defenders slow to react Pilar slid in to put the ball in the net for his second goal of the tournament.
Chalkias's unhappy afternoon ended prematurely when he had to go off injured in the 22nd minute and was replaced by Michalis Sapikis.
Sapikis proved himself, though, as he made two fine stops in the first-half from Rosicky and Jiracek.
However, the second-half got off in the worst possible manner with Rosicky failing to appear as he was found to be suffering from an apparent Achilles tendon injury.
The Greeks heartened by the loss of the Czechs most influential player pressed for a goal.
They were rewarded when there was a rare error by Cech as he collided with Tomas Sivok going for a cross spilled the ball and Fanis Gekas was on hand to gratefully tuck the ball into the net.
The Russians play co-hosts Poland, who have a point after a 1-1 draw with the Greeks, later on Tuesday.





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