Group Elimination A: Friday, 8 June 2012 - Warsaw - Municipal Stadium
Poland and Greece set to kick things off in the Euro Cup 2012 opener.
The Poles will open up and kick off the festivities for the 2012 European Championships holding the home field on June 8 when they take on Greece in a Group A match in Warsaw, and this will be the first test for all 2012 Euro Cup betting fans. In recent matches against Greece Poland has owned Greece beating them 10 out of the last 15 matches it will make it even more sweeter that they are playing in front of their home fans. Poland has beaten Greece 4 out of their last 5 meetings.
In their last meeting on March 2011 it ended up in a scoreless game. But as far as scoring goes Poland has clearly dominated Greece outscoring them 29-11 in the last 15 matches. Just to note Greece has not won in Poland. They have lost 8 straight to Poland being outscored by the Poles 22-4.
Greece came in dominating their qualifying round by winning 7 out of 10 matches in their qualifying round and to also mention they have lost 1 match in their last 20. Greece is entering the tournament on its high horse and deservingly so. Greece however only scored 14 goals in their last 10 games that is enough to draw some concern but, on the defensive side they are brilliant only conceding 5 goals.
Predictions: Poland wins 2-0
We can see this being a real all out war with Greece wanting payback but with the home field and the crowd behind the home team it’s going to be very tough for Greece, With striker Robert Lewandowski being Poland’s biggest scoring threat arrives at Euro 2012 in the best shape of his life.
Poland has competed in one European championship since 2008 not winning one match. The Poles drew one and lost two in the 2008 Euro Championships. They didn’t qualify past the group stage. They have had more success on the world stage and have played in seven World Cups.
Greece’s last major defeat came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Argentina defeated them 2-0.
We look for Poland to continue their dominance over Greece.
Sometimes being the host country doesn’t always have it advantage. Sure, the positive is you have your home team rooting for you but, you also have to deal with the pressures. Last night, host team Poland deadlocked 1-1 vs. Greece. We knew going into this game that both sides it would be a defensive battle and that’s exactly what they gave us.
Poland should have converted their chances in the 1st half. Lewandowski played really well for Poland and if Greece didn’t have Salpingidis, I don’t know what the score would have been. Here are some of the game highlights:
1:00 Lewandowski committed a light foul (no card).
3:00 Matuszczyk got a solid kick to the net. The shot was pushed over the bar. A corner kick produced nothing.
4:30 Greeks took possession and proceeded to attack down the field to a having to listen to boos and jeers.
7:00 Poland is playing with a load of pace at the moment. Lukasz Piszczek is did a fine job far for Poland of attacking down the right wing. Lewandowski, the Manchester United prospect, is already causing Greece a world of problems.
10:00 Katsouranis took free kick. It was close, however, it’s headed out of bounds.
13:00 Greece shown that they were vulnerable as Lewandowski attacks across the pitch and hits in a beautiful cross. Unfortunately for Poland, no one was able to put their head on the end of it.
Lewandowski heads in a beautiful cross. Greece clearly caught off guard been found wanting in the left-back position. A perfect start for the Poles.
Shortly after substitute Dimitris Salpigidis had equalized for Greece by knocking in a loose ball in the 51st minute, the diminutive striker was taken down by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the area.
Szczesny was given a red card, and captain Giorgos Karagounis was given the chance to again give Greece an opening match win against the host. Eight years ago, Karagounis scored in the opening 2-1 win over Euro 2004 host Portugal.
His shot however, was saved by replacement goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, whose first touch of the ball salvaged a point for the co-hosts in Group A.
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