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Greek Tragedy at Missed Penalty

English: Polish football player Robert Lewando...

Robert Lewandowski, scorer of Poland’s first Goal. (Credit: Wikipedia)

Group A:
Poland vs Greece (1:1)
National Stadium,
Warsaw.

Four years of wait is finally over as the top footballing nations in Europe compete once again for the right to be crowned UEFA’s European Champions; when Poland opened the tournament against Euro 2008 champions, Greece.

The first opportunity for Poland came in the fifth minute. Murawski’s shot from the edge of the box was not hard for Kostas Chalkias to tip over the bar, but the swift action was enough to excite the home support.

The World United Through Football Poland 1 – Greece 0
Robert Lewandowski raised the roof in the 17th minute after he headed a deep cross down past an outstretched Chalkias.

After the goal, the Poles seemed happy to control the game and the Greeks didn’t seem to press them. Then tragedy struck.

Red Card
Greece were reduced to ten men just before half time when Sokratis Papastathopoulos received his second yellow card. The first one was a soft card, to say the least and the second, for a push, could have so easily been ignored. So very unfortunate.

Half-time: Poland 1 – Greece 0

So Greece started the second-half with ten men but soon levelled the score.

The World United Through Football Poland 1 – Greece 1
Only on the pitch for six minutes, Dimitrios Salpingidis was first to the ball after        Szczesny committed himself with an attempted forward lunge at a cross and missed the  clearance completely; leaving his net wide open.

Red Card
Wojciech Szczesny will miss the game against Russia after making his second poor decision of the game, in the 68th minute; clipping the feet of Salpingidis, after the Greek goalscorer tried to flick the ball into space with the intention of maybe rounding the keeper.

Poland’s Maciej Rybus had to make way for Przemyslaw Tyton, who stretched out between the Poland goalposts and foiled Katsouranis attempt from the penalty spot.

The Greek captain’s penalty attempt was low, but the PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper had nothing to lose and pushed both hands out towards the ball confidently.

Final Score: Poland 1 – Greece 1

Teams

Travel to Poland
1-Wojciech Szczesny; 15-Damien Perquis, 13-Marcin Wasilewski, 2-Sebastian Boenisch, 20-Lukasz Piszczek; 11-Rafal Murawski, 7-Eugen Polanski, 8-Maciej Rybus, 16-Jakub Blaszczykowski; 9-Robert Lewandowski, 10-Ludovic Obraniak.

Travel to Greece
1-Kostas Chalkias; 8-Avraam Papadopoulos, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 20-Jose Holebas, 15-Vasilis Torosidis; 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis, 2-Giannis Maniatis; 7-Georgios Samaras, 17-Theofanis Gekas, 18-Sotiris Ninis.

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June 8, 2012 - Posted by | Euro 2012, Greece, Match Reports, Poland | , , , ,

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