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Germany vs Greece

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Germany – Looking Hard to Beat (Photo: Wikipedia)

Germany vs Greece
Municipal Stadium, Gdansk.

England and Italy must have been watching this match with just a little concern; one of them will be meeting Germany, and they’re looking hard to beat.

Germany started the game fast and furious, as the flag was raised twice for offside in the first four minutes; the second one a disallowed goal.

With twenty-five minutes played, Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be watching a fitness video, where the new exercise was to get up out of your seat and sit back down; just a good job she wasn’t wearing a leotard.

The World United Through Football Germany 1 – Greece 0
In the 39th minute, Angela Merkel did the weightlifter; with two fists clenched around an imaginary bar she thrust the weight high into the air, to coincide with captain Philipp Lahm’s swerving shot into the top corner.

The Greeks may have voted to effectively stay in the Euro currency but it could be harder to stay in the Euro tournament.

To only have a one goal advantage after all the first-half attacking pressure didn’t seem like a good return on investment for the Germans

Half-time: Germany 1 – Greece 0

The World United Through Football Germany 1 – Greece 1
Germany paid the price for not improving on their lead in the first-half as Greece equalised ten minutes into the second; Georgios Samaras sliding in on Dimitris Salpingidis’ low cross before Manuel Neuer could grapple the ball out of the mud.

The World United Through Football Germany 2 – Greece 1
minutes later, Sami Khedira made it advantage Germany with a cracking strike.

The World United Through Football Germany 3 – Greece 1 (68 mins)
When Miroslav Klose jumps above the defence and connects his head with the ball, there’s usually only one place it’s going; into the back of the net.

Greece would need an Olympian effort to get these two quick goals back in the twenty remaining minutes.

The World United Through Football Germany 4 – Greece 1 (74 mins)
The Greek comeback had no chance of succeeding once Marco Reus smashed Germany’s fourth goal in off the crossbar.

The World United Through Football Germany 4 – Greece 2 (89 mins)
Greece were awarded a consolation prize when Dimitris Salpingidis stepped up to the spot to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way.

On that display, Germany are going to take some stopping.

Final Score: Germany 4 – Greece 2

Teams

Travel to Germany
1-Manuel Neuer; 5-Mats Hummels, 14-Holger Badstuber, 16-Philipp Lahm, 20-Jerome Boateng; 6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 9-Andre Schürrle, 21-Marco Reus, 8-Mesut Özil; 11-Miroslav Klose.

Travel to Greece
13-Michail Sifakis; 3-Giorgios Tzavellas, 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 6-Grigoris Makos, 7-Georgios Samaras, 18-Sotiris Ninis, 21-Kostas Katsouranis; 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.

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June 22, 2012 Posted by | Euro 2012, Germany, Greece, Match Reports | , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Teams

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.

Teams

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

Cech Mistake No Matter

Petr Cech

Petr Cech (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group A:
Greece vs Czech Republic (1:2)
Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw.

A win for Greece would pretty much halt Czech Republic’s European Championship hopes here in Wroclaw so the Czechs needed to get off to a quick start.

The World United Through Football Greece 0 – Czech Republic 1
Petr Jiracek obliged within three minutes running on to a Milan Baros through ball and slotting the ball past Kostas Chalkias.

The World United Through Football Greece 0 – Czech Republic 2
By six minutes in, the score had doubled. Theodor Gebre Selassie ran down the right to the touchline and pulled the ball back to Vaclav Pilar in the centre; who stumbled through two  defenders to poke the ball home.

Substitution
The Greek number one seemed to have had enough and blamed it all on a bad back. Kostas Chalkias was replaced by Michail Sifakis, in the 22nd minute.

Five minutes before the break, Greece did manage to get the ball in the net but the flag was raised.

Half-time: Greece 0 – Czech Republic 2

The World United Through Football Greece 1 – Czech Republic 2
Persistence pays off, especially when Petr Cech looks a little suspect at times; gifting the ball to substitute Theofanis Gekas in the 53rd minute.

Greece tried to get the equaliser in the final minutes but failed, so now need to beat Russia to have any chance of staying in the tournament.

The Czech players consoled their goalkeeper; Cech’s mistake didn’t matter, thanks to the two early goals.

Final score: Greece 1 – Czech Republic 2

Teams

Travel to Greece
1-Kostas Chalkias; 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 20-Jose Holebas, 15-Vasilis Torosidis; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis, 16-Giorgios Fotakis; 22-Konstantinos Fortounis, 7-Georgios Samaras, 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.

Travel to 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, 10-Tomas Rosicky.

June 12, 2012 Posted by | Czech Republic, Euro 2012, Greece, Match Reports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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