EURO 2012: 12 June 2012: Open Thread

Round One is complete meaning that today we are going back to Group A. So far we've had some exciting games, some dull games and some surprising results.

Yesterday, in Group D, we had a little bit of everything. England and France kicked things off with a 1-1 draw. Both goals were scored in the first half with Joleon Lescott heading home Steven Gerrard's free kick and Samir Nasri beating Manchester City teammate Joe Hart with a long range shot. The two sides failed to build on the exciting first half as England continued to sit deep and allowed France to control the game. Both teams appeared to be happy with the draw which led to an uneventful half.

The second game, however, was action packed. Both Sweden and Ukraine played an open and fast game which resulted in one of the most exciting games of this European Championship. Zlatan Ibraflop Ibrahimović started the scoring in the second half with a close range finish but for the next ten minutes it was all about Andriy Shevchenko. The Ukrainian legend led the comeback and his seven minute double salvo was enough for a surprising 2-1 victory for the hosts. Sweden had several chances to turn the game in their favor but some horrible finishing and some timely saves by Andriy Pyatov sealed the three points for Ukraine.

Group D:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine
1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
England
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
France
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Sweden
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Today Greece will meet the Czech Republic at 6pm CET, and the "other" hosts, Poland, will square off against Russia in the second game.

At this point Group A looks like this:

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Russia
1
1
0
0
4
1
3
3
Greece
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
Poland
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
Czech Republic
1
0
0
1
1
4
-3
0

Nothing is yet decided in this group but the Czech's must surely feel they can't afford to drop points against Greece. Greece surprised Poland with a spirited comeback with 10 man and it will be interesting to see how they will build on that performance.

In the second match the Russian's have to be the favorites, even if they are playing the hosts, especially after their terrific performance against what is a strong Czech Republic side.

Line-ups:

Greece (4-3-3): Chalkias; Torosidis, Kyriakos, Katsouranis, Holebas; Fotakis, Maniatis, Karagounis; Salpingidis, Samaras, Fortounis

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Cech; Gebre Selassi, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky; Hübschman, Plasil; Jiracek, Rosicky, Pilar; Baros

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