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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.

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Bartek

    June 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Polish Fans in Warsaw fan zone:
    youtube.com/watch?v=OhxubZ3nKmU
    youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=BrBQvJ-anB8
    greetings from poland

  2. Matt

    June 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    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!

    • Guy

      June 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Truly amazing.

  3. dano328

    June 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    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.

  4. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    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.

  5. Michael

    June 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    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.

  6. Cody

    June 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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

  7. Ben

    June 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Poland should have won this game, same old story, gotta beat the Czech Republic next tuesday.

    God Polska

  8. gillian rosheuvel (@mezz98)

    June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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

  9. Alex Wolcott

    June 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Alright! Now time for my beloved Sbornaya to crush the Czechs and grab control of this group!

  10. Guy

    June 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    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!

    • Guy

      June 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Tuning out until the next match starts. Just can’t take Alexi.

  11. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Really good first game

  12. Nooblior

    June 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    SAMARAS 😐

  13. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    WoW, incredible

  14. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Schezney is a terrible keeper, just awful? Please score Greece !

    • Kautzie

      June 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Your an idiot. He’s gonna be miles better than anybody your pathetic lot has.

  15. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    And another red!

  16. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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

    source Des Kelly retweet by warren Barton

  17. Alex Wolcott

    June 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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

  18. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Terrible goal keeping by the arsenal keeper….true to form! Good job Greece!

  19. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  20. Guy

    June 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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

    • Dust

      June 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      LOL

  21. Alex Wolcott

    June 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    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.

    • Guy

      June 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Well, that would explain it, ’cause neither was ever a card.

  22. The Gaffer

    June 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Great. The referee just killed the game. Ridiculous decision by the Spanish referee.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  23. Guy

    June 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    The ref is crazy. That’s a shame and I hope not a sign of things to come.

  24. clay

    June 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    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…

    • Guy

      June 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Don’t know what I would do without it, clay. 😉

  25. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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

  26. jtm371

    June 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Wonder if that goal might cost SAF a little more money. Great header.

  27. The Gaffer

    June 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    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!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Dust

      June 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      H.264 baby!

    • Guy

      June 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Well, you’re 45 seconds behind the TV. Want me to update you? 😉

  28. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    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.

  29. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

    C’mon Greece!

  30. Alex Wolcott

    June 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

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

  31. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    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.

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