Poland vs Greece, Euro 2012: Open Thread

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The opening match of the Euro 2012 tournament features co-host country Poland at home against Greece, in Warsaw, Poland. The anticipation is building for a fever pitch match. However, don’t be surprised if we get a draw to open the tournament, which almost always happens (or at least a low scoring game).

The starting line-ups are in:

Poland starting line-up: Szczesny; Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch; Blaszczykowski, Polanski, Murawski, Rybus; Obraniak; Lewandowski

Greece starting line-up: Chalkias; Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Holebas; Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis; Ninis, Gekas, Samaras

Before, during and after today’s match, use the accompanying comments section to post your rants, raves, questions and observations.

39 thoughts on “Poland vs Greece, Euro 2012: Open Thread”

  1. The BBC has just kicked off the coverage, the tourney begins and I have to say I’m quite excited, you have to love summers of international football.

  2. Yeah, multiple televised matches every day at the highest levels. My productivity officially begins its “even-year summer” multi-week decline right about now.

  3. Greece look terrible, it’s a shame, Greece could do with a great euros to maybe help them through all the madness they are going through.

  4. The quality of WatchESPN.com versus the WatchESPN iPad app is night and day. With a hard-wired connection using WatchESPN.com versus a WiFi connection for the WatchESPN iPad app, the WatchESPN iPad app is at least 10 times better picture quality.

    Brilliant goal by Lewandowski. Textbook header!

    The Gaffer

  5. Greece look all over the place, this could turn into a 4-0 hammering. Great goal, he made it look easier than it was.

  6. Am I the only one irritated by juvenile graphics opening/closing replay shots? As if we can’t tell the difference between slow-motion and real-time. The world is full of idiots…

  7. Ah, that ref was apparently pretty quick to book people in La Liga this year. Quite a shame to have a guy like that pretty much deciding the match here.

  8. Alexi proves once again that he is a certified idiot. “It should always be a hand ball no matter how it occurs.”

  9. Greece have to appeal that reds it doesn’t effect them for the next games, just so wrong, I hope that is not the sign of things to come.

  10. Well thanks to the idiot referee Greece should probably just try to salvage a point out of this now.

  11. Apparently this ref gave out 16 red cards in 19 la Liga games last season,

    source Des Kelly retweet by warren Barton

  12. Congratulations, Greece. Be proud. On the other hand, given the advantage they had, Poland needs to worry about their future matches. It looked like Greece had the extra man!

  13. I didn’t even see the match, but my heart was racing just following it! Oh, Euro, I have missed you!

  14. Really great match to watch. Tough for Schezney.
    I love Michael Ballack’s analysis…..”I think that I am not sure”.

  15. As much as I liked the Polish, it looks like player polarity may have caused a negative effect. While Poland’s elite players like Lewandowski did their part, it looks like they don’t have a talented enough starting eleven to really go far. It was shocking to see how Poland, who were full of attacking prowess especially on the counter in the first half, lacked any scoring punch in the second.

    For the Greeks, they’ll be happy with the result considering they were playing against the Polish and apparently the referee. Greece truly made a critical substitution in bringing on Salpingidis at halftime which lead to much more positive results. They’ll also be kicking themselves though like the Poles for the terrible penalty by Karagounis.

    Overall, a great first game. The referee should probably cancel any future holidays in Greece and Poland will have to rebound after losing Sceszny who showed his inexperience, lack of communication and decisiveness and of course made a poor tackle which had him sent off. I expect the Russians to beat the Czech Republic and take early control of this group.

  16. Good opening game, Poland good first half, Greece good second half. Overall, I can’t see either of these two teams doing much as the tourney goes forward. Let’s see what Russia and the C Republic have to offer.

  17. Wish I didn’t have to work. Only get to see glimpses today.

    So happy that RVP won’t be joining ManC or any English club, according to his dad. If he leaves, it will be elsewhere.

    Seeing him in Blue would have been unbearable.

  18. I was disappointed with Poland minus the opening 20 minutes, I mean Greece should have won this match and they played the entire second half with 10 men, in Poland!

  19. Polish Fans in Warsaw fan zone:
    greetings from poland

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