Wroclaw – Czech Republic won their first victory in Group A after throwing Greece 2-1 in the continuation of the group A European Cup 2012 in Municipal Stadium, Poland, Monday (12/06/2012). Czech two goals scored by Petr Juracek and Vaclav Pilar. Meanwhile, Greece Theofanis Gekas reply by early second half.
Targeting the full points to make up for the 1-4 defeat of Russia, Czech squad send direct attack since the early minutes. Sure enough, the game has been running for three minutes, Jiracek have made the Czech advantage 1-0. After receiving a perfect through pass from Tomas Hubschman, he fired a shot directed into the goal and scored.
Three minutes later, Pilar returned to the Czech supporters cheered after able to change the score to 2-0. Utilizing Theodor Gebre Selassie cross, Vfl Wolfsburg midfielder cheat the ball that was not able to driven out by goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias.
Left behind by two goals in just six minutes to make Greek player mental down. Although try to build an attack, the 2004 European champions were still struggling through the Czech defense. In contrast, the combination of Milan Baros and Tomas Rosicky several times to create dangerous chances in front of the Greek goal.
Five minutes before the end of the first half, Greece could netted Petr Cech goal through the action of Giorgios Fotakis. However, the goal was disallowed, because he eventually was in the off-side.
After halftime, Greece cut the gap through Gekas substitute in the 53rd minute. Giorgios Samaras cross into the penalty box actually not too dangerous. However, goalkeeper Cech catches wasn’t perfect, so the ball drive to Gekas leg. Without mercy, he then fired the ball into the empty goal.
In this round, Greece in control of the game. However, some efforts being made Georgios Samaras and his friends always have a deadlock, because the Czech defense appear quite disciplined. Meanwhile, Czech in second half rely on a quick counter-attack to dismantle the "Galanolefki" defenses.
Greece continued to press until the last minute of the match. However, from a number of opportunities exists, can not be converted to add goals. Until the referee blew the long whistle, the score of 2-1 was not changed.
According to UEFA, Czech controlling 47 percent ball possession and created three chances out of eight experiments. As for the Greeks, they fired five accurate shots out of seven experiments.
Team Line Up:
Greece: 1-Kostas Chalkias (13-Michail Sifakis 23), 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 20-Jose Holebas, 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 2-Giannis Maniatis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis, Giorgios Fotakis 16-(17 Theofanis Gekas, 45), 22-Konstantinos Fortounis (11-Konstantinos Mitroglou 71), 7-Georgios Samaras, 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.
Czech Republic: 1-Petr Cech, 3-Michal Kadlec, 6-Tomas Sivok, 8-David Limbersky, Theodor Gebre Selassie 2-, 13-Jaroslav Plasil, 17-Tomas Hubschman, 14-Vaclav Pilar, 19-Petr Jiracek, 15 – Milan Baros (21-Tomas Pekhart 64), 10-Tomas Rosicky (18-Daniel Kolar 45).
Referee: Stephane Lannoy