Poland v Greece: How it happened

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Poland v Greece: How it happened

Poland v Greece: How it happened
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Euro 2012 got underway with a one all draw between the co-hosts Poland and Greece.

Lets have an in depth look at how the tournament opener unfolded at the national stadium in Warsaw.

Robert Lewandowski thrilled the home fans opening up the scoring on 17 minutes.

The Borussia Dortmund striker took full advantage of a disorganised Greek back four to bury his header high into the net.

23 year old Lewandowski was left totally unmarked at the far post as he put the ball beyond the flailing Greek goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias who after being left exposed by his rear guard had no chance.

On the stroke of half time and with the 56 thousand strong Polish support still in buoyant mood Greece were reduced to ten men after Sokratis was given a harsh second yellow.

But that didn’t stop his men equalizing against the flow of play and silencing the home crowd.

Dimitris Salpingidis poked in the leveller six minutes after the break.

Another defensive blunder at the root of the second goal of the evening.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was himself later sent off for tripping Salpingidis, was blindsided by one of his own defenders and failed to reach Vassilis Torosidis’s dangerous cross.

Halftime substitute Salpingidis took no prisoners and sank the ball into an empty net for what turned out to be the final goal of the evening.

Greece next play the Czech Republic on Tuesday in Wroclaw while co hosts poland take on Russia the day in Warsaw.