Pole-Axed: Two reds, two goals & a missed penalty as Greece leave the Euro 2012 hosts disappointed
- Updated: June 8, 2012
Poland 1 – Greece 1 (Group A Euro 2012, June 8, 2012) (Alternative highlights) After the opening ceremony of Euro 2012, the Poles looked bright in the opening exchanges as Rafal Murawski forced a smart stop from Greek keeper Kostas Chalkias. In the 17th minute Poland scored as a terrific cross from the right was headed home by Robert Lewandowski (watch live reaction to the goal here). The Greeks were reduced to ten men just before the interval as Sokratis Papastathopoulos (harshly?) collected his second yellow card, while they were further inflamed when Damien Perquis committed a handball in the Poland box but no penalty was given.
Against the odds Greece equalised early in the second half as Gekas’ cross from the right was converted by Dimitris Salpigidis with Szczesny stranded off his line. In the 68th minute the match was turned on its head as Wojciech Szczesny was sent off after hauling down Salpingidis in the box, but Georgios Karagounis’s spot-kick was saved by sub keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. (Wojciech Szczesny’s watched the penalty in the tunnel.) The Greeks were then denied a goal when Dimitris Salpigidis’ shot was chalked off for offside.