Poland 1-1 Greece: As It Happened
Euro 2012, Group A—National Stadium, Warsaw
POLAND 1-1 GREECE (FULLTIME)
Goals: Lewandowski (Poland) 17', Salpingidis (Greece) 51'
Sent off: Papastathopoulos (Greece), Szczęsny (Poland)
Poland: Szczęsny, Boenisch, Wasilewski, Perquis, Piszczek, Polanski, Rybus (Tyton), Obraniak, Murawski, Błaszczykowski, Lewandowski
Greece: Chalkias, Maniatis, A Papadopoulos (K Papadopoulos), Torossidis, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Ninis (Salpingidis), Katsouranis, Samaras, Gekas (Fortounis)
90+3'—FULLTIME! The opening match of Euro 2012 finishes Poland 1-1 Greece. There was no shortage of incident, with both sides being reduced to 10 men and Greece missing a penalty in the second half. Stay tuned for plenty of reaction at Bleacher Report. Up next, our live coverage of RUSSIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC
90'—ALMOST AN OWN GOAL! Katsouranis slices a clearance dangerously over the top of the bar. Poland send over the resultant corner, and it goes all the way through for a goal kick.
89'—Lewandowski tries to run at Papadopoulos, but the Greek rock isn't for the moving.
87'—Free-kick to Greece, 35 yards out on their right. Karagounis sends it in, but Poland clear easily through Lewandowski.
84'—Karagounis goes for glory from 30 yards, but his effort won't trouble Tyton in the Polish goal. At the other end, Lewandoski fires into the side netting from a tight angle.
81'—You'd expect the 10 men of Greece to tire as we head into the final 10 minutes, but they actually seem to be getting stronger. Poland have lost their cutting edge. Still, you wouldn't be surprised to see either team win this from here.
78'—Lovely run into the Greek box by Obraniak, but Papadopoulos is strong and shields him out of play. At the other end, Samaras blazes over from 20 yards.
76'—Stat on ESPN coverage tells us Tyton has saved six of 16 penalties he's faced.
74'—DISALLOWED GOAL! Fortounis crosses for Salpingidis, who stabs home for Greece... but Fortounis is rightly ruled offside. Not a bad serving of drama so far.
72'—TYTON SAVES! Poland's substitute goalkeeper saves the spot-kick from Karagounis with his first contribution—diving low to his left.
68'—RED CARD! Fortounis comes on as a substitute for Greece, releases the other substitute Salpingidis with his first touch and Szczęsny brings him down. Straight red for the Arsenal keeper and a penalty for Greece!
66'—Rybus with a diving header at the near post, but it's a long way off target. Nothing quite coming off for Poland so far in the second half.
63'—CHANCE FOR GREECE! Samaras beats the offside trap but he can't find a finish, running away from goal and with an ever-tighter angle. Should have hit it early. Poland have faded a little after conceding.
61'—The other two teams in this group are Russia and Czech Republic. Russia arguably the strongest, on paper, of the four nations in Group A. We'll be bringing you the clash between those two from 2 p.m Eastern.
57'—The Greeks would take this from here—1-1 with 10 men being a good return for a game they've struggled in. If Poland don't get all three points, they'll be kicking themselves. The co-hosts have a free-kick, 30 yards out and central. Obraniak shoots well wide.
53'—The chance for Salpingidis came after Szczęsny failed to deal with a cross from the right. It's not clear whether it was the substitute's first touch. Certainly his first meaningful contribution.
51'—GOAL! GREECE ARE LEVEL! Salpingidis, the substitute, reacts quickest in the box and slides home from six yards to bring the 10 men of Greece level. Completely against the run of play.
48'—Piszczek plays in Lewandowski down the inside-right channel. The striker shoots right-footed, but his sliced effort is past the right post.
46'—The second half is away. Greece have made a change at the break—Salpingidis replaces Ninis.
Reader comment from Jacob Groff: "Am I the only one kinda annoyed that a ref that gave 16 reds in 19 games in la liga, is reffing this kind of tournament?"
The answer is no Jacob.
45'—HALFTIME: The teams go in with Poland 1-0 up and Greece, controversially, down to 10 men. Lewandowski with the goal for Poland; the referee with a shockingly harsh call to leave the Greeks out-manned for the second half. Be sure to leave your comments on the match below or tweet me @willtidey
43'—RED CARD! Papastathopoulos is sent off! Murawski tried to spin off him and the defender blocked his path. Barely a foul, let alone a booking. And when you remember his first yellow was soft too, that's a seriously harsh red. Disaster for Greece.
37'—WHAT A CHANCE FOR POLAND TO MAKE IT 2-0! Perquis finds himself in the Greek penalty area, with the goal at his mercy, but pulls his shot wide. If that had fallen to an attacker, Poland would surely be 2-0 up.
34'—YELLOW CARD! The first booking of the tournament goes to Papastathopoulos of Greece, for hefty leap for a header. A little harsh. Soon after Avraam Papadopoulos is forced off with injury, to be replaced by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
31'—Possession stats pretty even so far, according to UEFA.com. They have Poland at 51 percent; Greece at 49 percent. Greece are starting to come into this a little bit now.
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