Euro 2012: 5 Things Greece Need to Do to Beat Russia

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Euro 2012: 5 Things Greece Need to Do to Beat Russia
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After Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic, Greece still control their own destiny.  With a win over Russia on Saturday, they will be on to the knockout stage of the Euro 2012.  A loss and Greece will join Ireland and be packing their bags home.

After an opening-round draw against Poland, the Greeks stumbled against a Czech Republic team that desperately needed a win. Scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the game, the Czechs quickly jumped out to a lead they wouldn't give back. Even with Greece scoring off a mistake by Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, they didn't look like they would threaten the Czech goal again. 

Greece and Russia are familiar foes, having grouped together for three straight Euro Championships. Russia won in 2004 2-1, the only loss for Greece before shocking the world.  In 2008, Greece would lose again to Russia, this time 1-0, and would be eliminated from the 2008 Euro Cup. 

The two countries played again this year in a friendly in November just before the 2012 draw took place. The game finished in a 1-1 draw in a game that was quite defensive in the first half but opened up in the second.  Russia scored two minutes into the game off a deflection that left goalie Alexandros Tzorvas with nothing to do.  The Greeks would equalize in the second half through Kostas Katsouranis, but neither team could find a winner. 

Here are five quick changes coach Fernando Santos can make that will enable Greece to beat Russia. 

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