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Czech Republic and Greece Go Through

English: Geprge Karagkounis Ελληνικά: Ο Γιώργο...

Karagounis Puts Greece Through (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group A
Czech Republic vs Poland
Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw.

Poland seemed to have most of the early chances; while the Czechs looked a little nervous without Tomas Rosicky.

Czech Republic pressured Poland a little more towards the end of the first-half, but after forty-five minutes the game remained goaless.

Half-time: Czech Republic 0 – Poland 0

The World United Through Football in Warsaw (45 mins).
While the Czech Republic and Poland players walked towards their dressing rooms, Greece took the lead against Russia; Giorgos Karagounis firing low and hard under the goalkeeper, Vyacheslav Malafeev.

Half-time: Greece 1 – Russia 0

English: Michal Kadlec

Michal Kadlec Saves Czechs (Photo: Wikipedia)

The late, late goal in Warsaw meant that a draw in Wroclaw would be the end of the road for both the Czech Republic and Poland; if the scores stayed the same in both games.

Czech Republic looked the most likely to score for much of the second-half.

The World United Through Football in Wroclaw (72 mins).
Then the much anticipated goal game. Milan Baros, who often looked a lonely figure up front, ran through the middle and released Petr Jiracek to his left. Jiracek cut inside past the defender and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

This meant that Czech Republic would go through and effectively knock Russia out; even though Russia beat them 4:1 in their first game.

Poland needed two goals to go through but an equaliser would have stopped the Czech Republic from advancing and thrown Russia a lifeline.

For twenty minutes, so much rested on one ball.

With the last touch of the game, Michal Kadlec headed off the line to keep Czech Republic in the tournament.

Full Time

Czech Republic 1 – Poland 0
Greece 1 – Russia 0


Travel to Czech Republic Czech Republic
1-Petr Cech; 3-Michal Kadlec, 6-Tomas Sivok, 8-David Limbersky, 2-Theodor Gebre Selassie; 13-Jaroslav Plasil, 17-Tomás Hubschman, 14-Vaclav Pilar, 19-Petr Jiracek; 15-Milan Baros, 18-Daniel Kolár.

Travel to Poland Poland
22-Przemyslaw Tyton; 15-Damien Perquis, 13-Marcin Wasilewski, 2-Sebastian Boenisch, 20-Lukasz Piszczek; 5-Dariusz Dudka, 7-Eugen Polanski, 11-Rafal Murawski, 10-Ludovic Obraniak, 16-Jakub Blaszczykowski; 9-Robert Lewandowski.

Greece vs Russia – National Stadium, Warsaw.


Travel to Greece Greece
13-Michail Sifakis; 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 3-Giorgios Tzavellas, 5-Vasilis Torosidis; 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis, 2-Giannis Maniatis; 7-Georgios Samaras, 17-Theofanis Gekas, 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.

Travel to Russia Russia
16-Vyacheslav Malafeev; 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 12-Alexei Berezutsky, 5-Yuri Zhirkov, 2-Alexander Anyukov; 7-Igor Denisov, 22-Denis Glushakov, 6-Roman Shirokov; 10-Andrei Arshavin, 11-Alexander Kerzhakov, 17-Alan Dzagoev.


June 16, 2012 Posted by | Czech Republic, Euro 2012, Greece, Match Reports, Poland, Russia | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Euro 2012 – It’s a Knockout

Wayne Rooney Returns for England

The Return of Rooney (Photo: Wikipedia)

With all teams having played two games each, Euro 2012 now moves into the knockout phase.

The group games are reaching their climax, so slip up now and it’s all over. For Ireland and Sweden, it already is.

As both matches in each group will be played at the same time, which games would you prefer to watch?

Group A

Czech Republic vs Poland – in Wroclaw.
Greece vs Russia – in Warsaw.

At the beginning of the tournament, I wanted Russia and Poland to qualify from this group and I still feel the same.

A draw is enough for Russia against Greece; which would mean Greece being knocked out.

Poland need to beat Czech Republic, who should have plenty of support in Wroclaw.

There’s more at stake in the Poland game, for the hosts, so this is the game I’ll be watching.

Group B

Denmark vs Germany – in Lviv.
Portugal vs Holland – in Kharkiv.

Germany and Holland were most people’s prediction for this group and that’s the view I held too.

Map of Europe, with coloured flags

Europe, with all countries coloured in their flag colours. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Sadly, Holland have been something of a disappointment and even a victory against Portugal wouldn’t be enough; if Denmark earn at least a point against Germany.

For Germany not to stay in the tournament, Denmark and Portugal would need to win.

I’ll be watching the Portugal game to see if Holland can finally set the tournament alight; or if Ronaldo and Nani can really turn the screw and knock them out with style, flair and flamboyance.

Group C

Croatia vs Spain – in Gdansk.
Italy vs Republic of Ireland – in Poznan.

The Republic of Ireland were never really fancied to make it out of this group but they could decide Italy’s fate.

Croatia and Spain would both stay in the tournament if Italy fail to win.

If Italy win and these two draw, three teams would be on equal points; Spain and Croatia would eliminate Italy with a 2-2 draw.

Although I’d like to see an Irish win over the Italians, it’s a pretty meaningless game so I’ll be watching Spain and Croatia; unless it’s terribly boring.

Group D

England vs Ukraine in Donetsk.
Sweden vs France in Kiev.

Could this be the year for England?

It’s not always the best teams that win, so with large helpings of luck and a side portion of rain stops play, anything is possible.

With Sweden no longer a threat, France might feel a little more comfortable in this group; but it’s not over yet.

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Draws would ensure a safe passage for both France and England but Ukraine will be looking to win in front of their home fans.

Of course I’ll be watching the England game; very nervously, I should add.

Wayne Rooney is back for England, but what’s the odds of him doing a ‘high-on-emotion’ Paul Gascoigne and earning another red card?

June 16, 2012 Posted by | Euro 2012, World Football | , , , , | Leave a comment


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