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  • Date:08 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:National Stadium - Warsaw
  • Robert Lewandowski (17)
  • Dimitrios Salpingidis (51)

Live Commentary


That's a great start to the tournament. Hopefully the second Group A fixture between Russia and the Czech Republic will be equally entertaining. We will be back with live updates from Wroclaw in 45 minutes.


It's full-time. Honours even, but Poland will be wondering how they let their first-half lead disappear, while Greece will believe they should have won after a missed second-half penalty.


Just seconds to go now. Is there one more chance for either side?


Kostas Katsouranis does well to avoid scoring an own goal as the Greece midfielder somehow diverts a fierce cross over the bar from inside his own six-yard box.


Both teams would probably settle for a point now as we head into three minutes of stoppage time.


Poland fans still urging their side on, but another move breaks down as a Polanski pass goes astray in the final third.


Poland haven't been able to get Lewandowski into the game enough in the second half. He's been starved of service. Again, he can't do anything when a cross reaches him at a difficult angle in the Greek area.


Karagounis, bidding to erase his penalty heartache, drives an optimistic shot high over Tyton's crossbar from long-range.


Poland midfielder Eugen Polanski tries his luck from 20 yards out, but his tame shot is easy for Chalkias.


Samaras wildly lashes a half-chance well over the bar. Tiredness might be a factor in the final minutes with both teams down to 10 men.


Szczesny's red card means he will miss Poland's game against Russia on June 12. Tyton will surely start in his place after the 25-year-old's penalty heroics.


Some critics suggested this tie wasn't glamourous enough to open the tournament, but you can't question the entertainment value. It's been packed full of drama and there's still time for a late winner.


Greece try to hit straight back after that wasted penalty and Salpingidis has the ball in the net from a Kostas Fortounis cross, but his effort is ruled out for offside.


What a first touch for PSV goalkeeper Tyton. Giorgos Karagounis sends his low penalty to the left and Tyton plunges away to make a superb save.


Greek penalty saved!


Poland send on substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton and his first task is to face a penalty.


Incredible drama as Szczesny rushes off his line and trips Salpingidis. The goalkeeper is immediately shown a red card and walks off with little protest.


Penalty to Greece! Poland down to 10 men!


Poland get in down the left flank and Perquis sends over a cross that Maciej Rybus meets with a diving header that flies over.


Samaras makes a clever run in behind the Poland defence, but lets the ball run just too far beyond him and the Greece striker drags his shot high and wide.


That goal has changed the whole feel of the match. Now Greece can sit back and hit on the counter-attack, while Poland will feel more frustrated the longer they are on level terms after dominating the first half.


Poland need to regroup quickly after that shocking blow. They still have the numerical advantage and the fans remain in vociferous mood. Obraniak tries to raise the noise levels even further with a long-range free-kick, but it's wide of the mark.


Salpingidis only scored once in 10 appearances during the qualifying campaign, but he's made amends with the most important goal of his career. Just like Poland's opener however, it was a goalkeeping error that played the key role, with Arsenal star Szczesny coming way off his line but failing to clear the cross from Vassilis Torossidis


The 10 men of Greece are level and it's an instant impact from substitute striker Salpingidis, who gleefully pokes home from close-range after Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny fails to deal with a cross.


Goal for Greece!


Poland have never won a match at the European Championships -- they took just one point from their only previous appearance in 2008 -- but this is a golden chance to break their duck.


It's half-time and the Greeks troop off shooting furious glances at Carballo for a controversial display that could kill off their hopes of earning at least a point. Poland deserve to be in front though after a promising first 45 minutes.


Stats show Greece enjoyed more of the possession in the first half, but Poland had three times as many shots and they start the second period on the offensive again as Lewandowski fires wide from a tight angle.


Greece have made a change at half-time with Dimitrios Salpingidis on for the lacklustre Ninis.


Spanish ref Carballo is involved in more controversy as he turns down frenzied Greek appeals for a penalty when the ball appears to touch Perquis's arm as he stumbles while attempting to clear.


Papastathopoulos, having already been booked, is shown a second yellow card after bundling over Murawski. The Greek defender is stunned and takes several minutes to leave the field.


Red card for Greece!


Poland coping well with Greece's attempts to test them with a flurry of crosses into the box. It helps that Greek winger Ninis is struggling to find his range at the moment.


Greece are still reorganising from that change when Poland squander a chance to increase their lead. Sloppy defending allows a cross to drop to Damien Perquis, but the Poland defender screws his shot wide from a good position.


Greece are forced to make a substitution. Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces the injured Avraam Papadopoulos


The first yellow card of the match goes to Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos as referee Carballo punishes an elbow from the defender on Lewandowski.


The Greek team that won Euro 2004 used a rock-solid defence as its' foundation, but Fernando Santos's outfit look much more shaky at the back and Poland continue to cuase problems down both flanks.


Free-kick for Greece in a dangerous position on the right side of the penalty area after Sebastian Boenisch fouls Sotiris Ninis, but it's a poor delivery and Poland clear easily.


Greece have lost just one of their last 21 games and were unbeaten during their qualifying campaign, but they appear rattled by Poland's goal. Kostas Katsouranis tries to respond but blazes wide of the target.


We've just seen the impact an in-form forward can make and Greece desperately need to get their dangerman, Giorgos Samaras, into the game. The Celtic striker has barely touched the ball yet.


Lewandowski scored 22 league goals for Dortmund during their title-winning campaign and few will have been easier than that. The cross from Blaszczykowski was teasing but Chalkias was caught in no-man's land. The Greek veteran will be disappointed with his first major contribution.


Goal for Poland! It's Lewandowski who scores the first goal of the tournament, the striker heading home from 10 yards out after Greek goalkeeper Chalkias makes a hash of coming for a deep cross at the far post.


That's better from Poland, who get in behind the Greek defence twice in quick succession. First Ludovic Obraniak crosses towards Blaszczykowski, but the Poland captain shoots well over. Then Piszczek whips in a cross from the touchine that Lewandowski can't quite reach.


The Poles went out in the group stages of Euro 2008, but playing on home soil normally provides a surge of adrenaline to the hosts at major international tournaments. They might need it to overcome a well-drilled Greek outfit, featuring three members of the team that won Euro 2004.


Poland finally get a spell of possession and go close to opening the scoring as midfielder Rafal Murawski's strike from the edge of the area forces a fine tip over from Kostas Chalkias.


No sign of any nerves in the Greece ranks as they make a confident start, stroking the ball around brightly, which draws a frustrated chorus of whistles from the Poland fans


The Greeks are no strangers to ruining a host nation's party at the Euros after they defeated Portugal in the opening game of Euro 2004 and then beat them again in the final.


Greece get us underway!

Poland are the lowest ranked nation among the 16 teams at the tournament, but they have enough talent to make a mockery of their underdogs status. Key to their success will be the form of Borussia Dortmund trio Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek, who helped their club win the German league this season.

The Greek national anthem is well respected by a largely Polish crowd, who then launch into a rousing rendition of their own anthem. Kick off just moments away now.

After lining up in the tunnel for several minutes, both sides have been led onto the pitch by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo to a thunderous reception.

Greece: Chalkias, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Avraam Papadopoulos, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Ninis, Gekas, Samaras. Subs: Tzorvas, Tzavelas, Malezas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Salpingidis, Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Sifakis.

The team news is in and both sides are at full strength: Poland: Szczesny, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Murawski, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Rybus, Lewandowski. Subs: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Dudka, Matuszczyk, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek, Tyton.

There's a tremendous atmosphere building as a sell-out crowd at Warsaw's 58,224-capacity National Stadium enjoy a vibrant opening ceremony featuring a host of colourful displays and dancing on the pitch.

Over the next 24 days, we will provide live commentaries on all 31 matches, culminating in the final in Kiev on July 1, as the 16 teams battle for the crown currently held by Vicente Del Bosque's Spain.

The waiting is finally over! 1440 days after Spain beat Germany in Vienna to win Euro 2008, the European Championships are back and the 2012 tournament kicks off with a Group A clash between co-hosts Poland and 2004 winners Greece in Warsaw.

Hello and welcome to our live updates from Euro 2012. Build-up and then commentary from the opening game of the tournament between Poland and Greece in Warsaw gets underway in 20 minutes.

We are underway in the second half in Warsaw.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Franciszek Smuda Coach
  • Wojciech Szczesny Goal
  • Lukasz Piszczek Defender
  • Marcin Wasilewski Defender
  • Damien Perquis Defender
  • Sebastian Boenisch Defender
  • Jakub Blaszczykowski Midfielder
  • Eugen Polanski Midfielder
  • Ludovic Obraniak Midfielder
  • Rafal Murawski Midfielder
  • Maciej Rybus Midfielder
  • Robert Lewandowski Forward
  • Grzegorz Sandomierski Substitute
  • Grzegorz Wojtkowiak Substitute
  • Marcin Kaminski Substitute
  • Jakub Wawrzyniak Substitute
  • Dariusz Dudka Substitute
  • Adam Matuschyk Substitute
  • Adrian Mierzejewski Substitute
  • Rafal Wolski Substitute
  • Kamil Grosicki Substitute
  • Artur Sobiech Substitute
  • Pawel Brozek Substitute
  • Przemyslaw Tyton


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

Match Report

Titan Tyton saves Poles in Euro opener
Substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was the unlikely hero as his penalty save from Greek captain Giorgos Karagounis saw co-hosts Poland draw 1-1 with Euro 2004 champions Greece in an incident-packed opening match in Warsaw on Friday.
Tyton's moment of glory came with his first piece of action after Poland's first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had been sent off by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo in the 69th minute.
The Spaniard had been a busy man as he sent-off Sokratis Papastathopoulos shortly before half-time with the hosts leading 1-0 thanks to a goal by Robert Lewandowski.
Tournament co-hosts Poland looked to have launched their campaign with a flourish, their self-belief stoked when Borussia Dortmund star Lewandowski sent home fans wild with his 17th-minute header.
But with Greece aware their shock win over Euro 2004 hosts Portugal launched them on their road to the title, they battled hard in the second half, with substitute Dimitris Salpingidis levelling the score in the 51st minute.
Three minutes in, Rafal Murawski forced Greek keeper Kostas Chalkias to punch his strike clear, followed swiftly by Maciej Rybus, who hit the post.
Greece attempted to respond in the 11th minute after winning a free kick, with Euro 2004 veteran Karagounis finding Fanis Gekas, who headed wide.
Lewandowski worked hard with Borussia Dortmund team-mates Kuba Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek - a trio dubbed the squad's backbone by Poland manager Franciszek Smuda - to hound the Greek defence.
Operating up front, defender Piszczek fed midfielder Blaszczykowski, only for the Poland captain to head over the bar.
Two minutes later, diving to head the ball, Lewandowski failed to latch on to a cross from Piszczek.
But the three men's efforts paid dividends as they took advantage of poor marking with Piszczek finding Blaszczykowski, and Lewandowski heading home the latter's cross.
Papastathopoulos, already hit with a yellow card for fouling Lewandowski, saw red four minutes from half-time for bringing down Murawski.
In the 51st minute, Gekas challenged Szczesny, the ball spilled loose and Salpingidis seized his chance to beat the Arsenal keeper.
Twenty minutes later, Szczesny's nightmare day reached its nadir as he was sent off for bringing down the Greek scorer in the box.
But a hastily gloved-up Tyton saved the day as Karagounis - who scored against Portugal in the 2004 opener - failed to beat him.





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