Colin Murray presents highlights of the two Group A matches that took place on the opening day of the 2012 European Championships: Poland v Greece and Russia v Czech Republic.
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A nice low-key start, as always. Your highlights of the first two
games of Euro 2012 are here. With me, a man who spent many a summer
travelling to major international tournaments, another who spent many
a summer on his way to Spain with his mates. David James and Robbie
Savage are here for all of this. The big kick-off was in Warsaw. We
will see how Poland faired against 2004 winners Greece. Russia faced
the Czech Republic. After the action, we will hear from Roy and
his England boys. We will assess the Republic of Ireland's chances
Now, as most people know, this is Europe. Poland's capital, Warsaw,
is approximately 900 miles from London. The Ukraine's first city,
Kiev, 1340 miles. Lesson over. Kiev, 1340 miles. Lesson over.
These are the venues in Poland and Ukraine there are eight cities
hosting matches, split across the two countries. The final is in Kiev
on July 1st. Russia, Czech Republic on the way. First an expectant home
nation who take on Greece in the nation who take on Greece in the
nation who take on Greece in the opening match in Warsaw. Poland
start the race as the lowest rank side at Euro 2012. Arsenal keeper,
Wojciech Szczesny could have a busy type of it. Robert Lewandowski sent
his team to a league double. For Poland to progress, his form is key.
Greece are not fancied either to run a big race this this summer. In
2004 they finished first-past-the- post. They surprised everyone eight
years ago and have vowed to succeed in 2012 to give their crisis-hit
country so some much-needed cheer. Commentating is Simon Brotherton
face in goal today, Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal. Their right
back loves to get forward. The captain will start on the right.
Look for him to be a key figure today. The third player with the
German double winners Lewandowski leads the attack. He scored a hat-
trick against Bayern Munich in the last three major tournament, the
oldest player at euro 2012 starts left hand side. Geks --Gekas will
at every opportunity. He's done well. Lewandowski!, a superb save.
It was Lewandowski with the shot. That will get the crowd going. A
showpiece save really. Greece under pressure for the first time. It
falls kindly. It's sent wide of the goal. A shot from Rebus. Lovely
play here. Looking promising for Poland. He fired that ball from
close-range. Number nine goes to the near-post. In front of his
defender. Sidefoot into the back of the net. They are knocking on to
the door, Poland, here. They have great footballing traditions in
Poland. They haven't had much to cheer about for a long time for
their international time. They said that Group A is the easest game and
said if they don't get through it, they only have themselves to blame.
Tes -- it is Lewandowski. The star striker has the goal. The roof may
be on, but it's threatening to come off the stadium here. The perfect
start. Where is the goalkeeper going? Where are you going? You are
nowhere near that ball. Lewandowski knows what to do when the goal keep
her is approaching. Head it down. The atmosphere is electric inside
here. Perfect start for Poland. home crowd will be sitting easier
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in their seats. They were nervous tournament goes to Papadopoulos.
Red card here. They could have a red card. The Spanish referee has
sent him off. When you look at what he has done in those two challenges,
he has done, very very little. couldn't be worse for the groups,
could it? That was a soft red card, two yellows. The first yellow, I
can't understand it. A genuine challenge which he wins the ball,
fair and square. That ball clearly touched his hand. The referee said
it was the motion of the way the play was going. We have additional
assistance. He can't see where that ball is. It touches him on the arm.
He is looking to the assistant behind him. Absolutely. Greece have
lost all previous eight occasions that they played on Polish soil.
History favours the home team. This means absolutely nothing, it's
about what happens down there today. Lewandowski, every time he gets the
ball around the penalty area everybody around the stadium stands
up. You can feel that buzz of be a chance. It's an equalliser.
Greece are level. It's Salpingidis the substitute. Two mistakes by
both goalkeepers have led to the goal. A good ball. Reverse pass. He
is nowhere need it. Into the back of the net. Their first ever
Wolverhampton Wanderers quol goal in South Africa, he has another big
one there. The ten men of Greece the ball to drop, it was always
going wide off the offside of the boat. What a chance. Runs off-the-
shoulder. He is onside. Miscues completely. Samaras. Good ball
stays down. Szczesny is all over the place. Will Greece have a
penalty? Szczesny is sent off. The Arsenal goalkeeper is given a
straight red. He comes from the ball. He doesn't get it, catches
the ankle. What an impact he's had, Salpingidis. Salpingidis, the
goalscorer for Greece, the man involved. Szczesny took it and
walked off. Absolutely. There was a man relaxing in the chair a minute
ago, not expecting to come on. That's what it means. It has not
gone in yet. It's a penalty and they are down to ten men. The
player who is being sacrificed is Rebus. He could be the hero of the
day. It could be an opportunity for him. He is not expected to save it.
He is good at mind games, clearly. Karagounis has placed that ball
exactly where he wanted it. Giorgos Karagounis, the captain of Greece,
what a big moment here. In the very first match. Karagounis to put
Greece ahead! Oh, it's saved. What an introduction to the game. Not a
bad penalty. Gambles and gets it right and keeps his country in the
game. A wonderful chance has gone astray there for Greece. There is
the most relieved man in Warsaw. Szczesny will not play against
There is space in the centre of the field. Here's Samaras! Compose
yourself, bring the ball down. It's wild. He doesn't get a good
wild. He doesn't get a good connection on it. Sometimes, in the
opening game of a major tournament, you get a giant killing. Most of
the time they are a damp squib. Because of the mistakes you take
that game, it had a lot in it? fantastic opener. Poland dominated
the first half. Greece deserved the draw. Goals, penalty saves, sending
offs, good openinger. Good day to have a goalkeeper sitting with us.
Szczesny, discuss. Your thoughts? The first half he was OK. He didn't
have a lot to do. It changed in the second-half. I mean, you are
second-half. I mean, you are looking at 51 minutes. A game which
was comfortable for Poland, given they were 1-0 up, with the
advantage. Positioning here was questionable to start with.
Obviously, the defender should have come across to cover the attacker
coming in. The big mistake wasn't so much his ending up position, as
the contact was made with the defender, but the fact he went
towards the ball. If he had stayed still, the shot would of hit him
and he would of been in a position to pick the ball up. Not good.
words would of gone, "Not good". What about this? Strange, Samaras's
best contribution to the game, I think, that little pass. The attack
by the goalkeeper, once he committed himself I znd didn't
understand why he stuck his foot out and brought him down. When the
touch was made by the centre forward, had he stopped, it
wouldn't of been a penalty. Have you been in this situation? It's a
pressure situation. He lifted the ball auch the penalty spot. Mind
games. Still, Szczesny gets off the hook. Have you been in that
situation where you had to come on for a keeper in a penalty against
I have, in the Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers. Rob Green got sent
off. I did not touch the ball beforehand. I used some Jedi mind
tricks against Shevchenko. He put it wide. We will always have to
talk about referees. I am not sure there was even a foul committed
clearly wins the header. Lewandowski has gone down like he
has been hit by a bus. It is never a yellow-card. If you give I
yellow-card for that, there would be several people sent off. Here,
the guy is slipping before he makes contact. It is never a yellow card.
Never Semenov. We will talk about at their heads never went down. It
was a game driven by mistakes. It is hard to pick out one player who
made more mistakes than others. But he did. This is how not to play in
a major Championship in the opening game. I have got to highlight
Samaras. Not the best start. This was a great run, composer? No. Good
options. He did not play well. He had a good chance of a strike and
smashed it over the bar. The guy is thinking to himself, you have got
lovely hair, gorgeous. Lewandowski was the opposite. In the first half
he was a real threat. He looks like a real prospect. 30 goals for
Borussia Dortmund. He has brought it into this tournament. Yes, in
the first half he got the service. He played really well. The second
have, he did not get the ball down the right side. He was poor and the
the right side. He was poor and the the right side. He was poor and the
second half. Greece were really up against it. They had a Hall of
Poland on their backs. Their heads never went down. They thought the
whole game. They did. Greece. They did. The penalty miss, the captain
will be kicking himself. It was a poor penalty. If he scores that,
what a start for Greece. What about Poland? A little bit of a man on
quantity because of a lack of competitive games. -- on a known
quantity. Interestingly enough, you said Greece will be kicking
themselves, I think there will be cattiness as lucky they got away
with the draw. They were sold Open and the first 15 or 20 minutes.
Poland had opportunities to take advantage of that. I think Poland
will put themselves in a position to contest qualification. A lot of
that will be down to the other game in this group, Russia against the
Czech Republic. Managed by Dick Advocaat and captained by Andre
Arshavin, Rochette could do all right here. They have high hopes to
better their showing four years ago when they made the semi-finals.
Runners up three times and they won the novel event in 1960. The Czech
Republic could look to three Amigos, Petr Cech, Milan Porras and Tomasz
Radzinski. Their coach will take inspiration from their record in
the competition. Winners in 1976, runners up in 1996 and semi-
for the same prize. Both teams at full strength. The big news as far
as Russia are concerned is their No. 1 goalkeeper is not fit enough to
start. The other question was who will play off front. That role goes
to Kerzhakov of Zenit St Petersburg. Dzagoyev is in from the start. The
two captains need little introduction. Andre Arshavin and
Thomas Rosicky, two makes for many years in the English Premier League
at Arsenal. Howard Webb is the Republic is that Milan Barajas is
fit enough to start. He had been doubtful with a thigh injury.
Rosicky is fit to lead the team. Petr Cech, fresh from this
Champions League success with Chelsea, wins his 91st cap. Second
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now and the country's all-time list Followed up by Dzagoyev! Rochette
in front. The man who scored four goals in hit games in qualifying,
Oscars his country's first goal of the tournament. -- in eight games
in qualifying, scores his country's first goal of the tournament.
Dzagoyev kept his composure. With the extremely cool finish, he makes
it Russia one, the Czech Republic male. -- Russia 1, Czech Republic 0.
This is where they can be so dangerous. Look at the space.
Dzagoyev should have made it two. That was a let-off for the Czech
Republic. He should have had his and his country's second. Look at
the Space Dzagoyev had. Petr Cech narrowed the angle. But he will
feel he should have hit the target. Dick at the cat experiencing an
international tournament for the 5th time as a manager. After the
tournament he heads back to PSV Eindhoven for a second spell in
Czech Republic coach played in the World Cup in 1990 for
0. Shirokov doubles up Russia's lead. Russia breaking with pace and
precision. Shirokov was the first to react. He kept his cool. Lovely
finish over Petr Cech. Another one who has had a very good season with
the Zenit St Petersburg. Bringing his form in the euro 2012. -- into
Kerzhakov slams the ground in frustration. The Czech Republic
again living dangerously. It was a chance. His reaction tells you he
feels that was an opportunity. And they wanted. His second for the
Czech Republic has got them right back in it. The 22 year-old kept
his cool. It is game on again. It was all about the ball through to
him. Terrifically time to run. He kept his cool and rounded the
goalkeeper. Calmly into the back of the net. His second international
cole mack. It is a big one. It attack. Extremely pleasing on the
Kerzhakov cannot take the chance. Will he and Rochette look back on a
some of these chances not taking? - - Russia. Time to steady himself
and he's good it across the front that it would have been. It would
have been his first international together the second ball, too.
Rosicky saw the opening. The goalkeeper at full stretch. He
it for Russia. His second, his country's third. Their two-goal
cushion is restored. Dzagoyev enhancing his ever-growing
reputation. Pavlyuchenko whip the ball in. Lovely first touch. That
created the opportunity. He still had plenty to do. That rocketed
past Petra checked. -- Petr Cech. The Czech Republic, the work so
hard to get back into it, now trail substitute settles it. The man who
got three goals at the European championships four years ago, opens
his account in Poland. He seals a convincing win for Russia. He took
his time. But when the shot eventually arrived, it caught Petr
international goal, Russia 4, Czech Republic 1. Arismendi, final few
seconds. -- Arshavin, final few seconds. This will be the last
action. The offside flag is up. It won't count. That is the last
action of an enthralling evening. One were Russia have sent out a
message. They have lived up to their billing as Group favourites.
They have blown the Czech Republic away by 4-1. The Czech Republic
have to regroup for Greece. 100% start for Russia. Russia 4, the
Our first live Group table to show Russia sending the first message of
this tournament. Of all the players who impressed you, who put the
stamp on the message? Arshavin. When he played for Arsenal, every
time the ball comes to him when he plays for Russia, he is on the
plays for Russia, he is on the front foot. He has 70 caps, 17
goals. Fantastic today. His energy levels, as captain he leads and has
confidence for Russia. He went on- loan, is there a collective
responsibility foi playing international football for Russia.
Does that suit him rather than higher profile? Yes. Playing for
Russia is a hard thing to do. He battles away. He likes being part
of a successful team. They won the League, he was part of that. As
captain of his country he leads by example. He was exceptional today.
The body language, you could see it from the first whistle, couldn't
snu he was hungry for the ball. He was making space all the time.
Everything was going forward. was positive, everything. The ball
for the goal there. I'm not sure it for the goal there. I'm not sure it
was meant for him there. A great ball. A great day to have you in.
You were sinking in your seat during the two games, not another
keep tore talk about. Petr Cech on his day is world-class. It wasn't
his day today? JT said to me when he joined Chelsea this guy came for
everything. The first goal wasn't about the shot, it was the cross
about the shot, it was the cross that came in. A few years ago he
would of eaten that up. He was far advanced. On his day, there are not
many keepers better than him in Europe. I don't know about the
world. The goals he conceded here, he won't be happy with them. Long,
long season for him. He had to play two Cup finals and a league
programme? It's difficult. His season has been hinged on
qualifying for the Champions League. The unexpected highs of getting
through to the Champions League. Picking yourself up after the low
of winning it, if you like, and having to deal with this Russian
having to deal with this Russian team. Robbie Savage was given this
Bible. No matter who scores goals, Robbie has to know everything about
Robbie has to know everything about them. Right, Dzagoev? He was 125-1
to finish top goalscorer. He is a player with class and reputation.
This competition brings people to the forethat they might not know
about. He has been in a squad for three years. He was very, very good
today. To be fair, the left back of the Czech Republic helped him
immensely today, he was awful. I have to say, that was one of the
worse performances I have seen. Lack of composure, puts it wide.
This goal here. It shows his class. He gets the ball through. He smashs
it past Cech. Cech should have done better. People will start talking
about this guy. Fantastic player. 22 years old. I enjoyed watching
22 years old. I enjoyed watching him a lot. Russia, I know you are a
big fan of, before any ball was kicked today. It was the first team
you talked about, the dark horses of the tournament. From a
goalkeeper and defensive point of view did you see enough there?
was an open game, granted. They looked dangerous in zone 14. I have
been on my coaching course, where the Czech Republic set up the block.
They were able to get through there. The left back, the second worse
left back performance after the first game. Yes. How were they in
Zone 11? It's not an area we would like to go into. David James,
keeping it real. Zone 14 that is what it is about. Euro 2012, Five
Live with commentary of every game on the radio. Tomorrow two cracking
matches on the telly: start working This these shows are late for you,
or you fall asleep during them, you can access them at your leisure on
the BBCi player. They are available for seven days online. You can
watch them straightaway when you log in. We head off for the first
time to the England camp as they prepare for a massive first game on
Monday against France. Here's Gabby. Kicking in Krakow. This was the
first look at the New England in Poland. Training with the doors
thrown up. A couple of thousands locales had a look. One lucky
punter went home with a souvenir. An entirely difficult constituency
to those who were reported to have racially abused the Polish players
yesterday. Much of this area is untouched. The pitch will be one of
the finest in the fourth tier of Polish football next season. No
penalty spot. Why would you need to practice those! Nearly half the
squad retired to the team after the PR was complete. All part of the
plan insist the FA. No new injuries to report, not for the want of
trying. After that, most of the players spent the afternoon on a
tour of of the camps. Several players went to Auschwitz. So
gripped were they that Joe Hart said you could hear a pin drop.
Today was emotional for all. glad I came. I've got to say, it's
not a pleasant experience. It's a very harrowing experience. I think
it's something that people should really try to do because it's...
You know, it's very difficult to imagine this type of inhumanity. To
see it so clearly documented and have the guide explain so clearly
and so graphicically how everything took place, and the scale, it's
still very worrying today, 60 years after the event. The scale of the
place. The numbers that walked through these doors with no hope of
living. I've just been in there where the bodies were cremated. So,
90% of the people who came through the door didn't last over an hour.
The pictures of people who lived. One hour later they were dead.
we went in to see the Hume hair. We moved next door and started seeing
suitcases and we saw the age difference between 60 year olds and
three-year-olds. Having kids myself, seeing young kids' shoes was the
point were it brings a tear to your eye and hitting home really hard
then. Next door you see the selection of shoes. Let's be honest,
we saw 40,000 pairs of shoes, that would of been nothing compared to
the amount of people who, obviously, died and lost their lives here.
Tomorrow, attention refocuss on France. It's the last day of
training before the flight to don Ideally, you win your first game.
If you don't, win the other two. Beat whoever is in front of you.
Exactly. Positive mentality. We made David work for his fee by
coming up with his England 11, who he would start against France. I
will run you through it first. We will look at the high points and
low points. Obviously, Joe Hart is low points. Obviously, Joe Hart is
the keeper. Picks itself. The back four, who is there and who isn't.
Johnson, Terry. Lescott Zone 14. I'm not doing a coaching badge,
Cole at left back. Your midfield. This is were there were a few
raised eyebrows at home. Walcott, Gerrard, Parker and Milner and then
you want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck. Rooney banned
for the first two matches. No Ashley Young. You have Milner on
Ashley Young. You have Milner on the left. Thoughts? I like James
Milner. I think he is the sort of play that Roy Hodgson will like as
well. He is versatile with regards to what side he can play on. As
to what side he can play on. As much as Ashley Young is a great
player. He will have a big role in the tournament as it progresses the
idea of having Theo Walcott with the pace, the way he links in with
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on fire at
the moment. This is an opportunity for the two of them to really
attack Zone 14. Why can't Oxlade- Chamberlain be the hero of Euro
2012? As a nation we search for a hero. We haven't got one, arguably,
this tournament because of the suspension for Wayne Rooney who has
been our hero in the last few tournaments. Oxlade-Chamberlain is
a young player, looking fantastic for Arsenal, good for England as
well. This is a good opportunity for him. Robbie, as David mentioned
17 times today, he is doing his coaching damages. Do you think he
has a future as an England manager given his starting 11? Possibly.
was going to start with Wales and work up. You have to start Ashley
Young on that team. You can't sit back against France and wait to get
beat. You have to attack them, beat. You have to attack them,
surely? The thing with France is, they are bang on form at the moment.
You can't go gung ho against them. You have to win games. Play young
Walcott. We will see. 1-0 England. You love 1-0. I haven't been right
yet. Ireland kicked off against Croatia on Sunday. We have
highlights of that game at 11.35pm This is the longest wooden pier in
Europe, apparently. Twin with Southend on sea as well, classy.
Home away from home for Republic of Ireland during Euro 2012. Over
10,000 locals turned up to the Republic of Ireland's first
training session earlier in the week. Excitement about all things
green and all things euro. I'll be at the stadium when Ireland is
going to play with Spain. Yeah. Yeah. They have a lot of fans here.
A lot of Poland work and live in Ireland. So, I think, that you will
have a big support here in Poland. I saw the team yesterday. In 73-
year-old Trapattoni the Republic have the oldest team in the
Championship. We must be proud about our country, our people,
because they make very big, or great, sacrifice, the money, the
travel, the trip. The players know this. A warm welcome for the
Ireland team. The draw has been a quick kick where it hurts, Croatia,
Spain, Italy, ouch. Ireland could be back on the beach soon, this
time on holiday. Croatia is before us in ranking. We met them in
friendly game. Many players play in England, I know many players. Our
team know. They are good quality, our quality. Our attitude. It is in
the life never say never. Never say never. He is a wonderful man I have
to say. Inspirational. You looked look at the fixtures. They are all
It is mouth-watering. I am going to suggest they have got a real chance
of getting through this group because they do not concede goals.
I totally agree. In Jack Charlton they had at God in the Republic of
Ireland. He was a legend. In Giovanni Trapattoni they have
somebody who can closely follow him. I think they have a real chance.
Has this ever happened before? He named his team before anybody else.
Unless anybody gets injured, he is playing it. When the appointment
was made it was looked at as a strange decision by both parties, I
think. He has proved himself to be a tremendous manager. He could do
some very wonderful things for Ireland back this trip. The fact
they do not concede goals, with that confident going in before the
game starts, you know that I knew a day with that discipline you can
beat anyone? For sure. I think they had one of the best defensive
records in the qualifying campaign. They will be tough. One down, 23
more to go. Here are v early headline makers. Salpingidis gave
Greece and new lease. Tyton spared the blushes of Wight TEC chairs me.
-- Wojciech Szczesny. Off the pitch this was the only thing worth
seeing from the opening ceremony. Event Samaras played better than
this man. That is the curtain coming down on the first day. We
Colin Murray presents highlights of the two Group A matches that took place on the opening day of the 2012 European Championships: co-hosts Poland are up against 2004 winners Greece in Warsaw, and Russia face the Czech Republic.
Russia will be led by former Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin, while Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is one of the star performers for the Czech Republic.
Former Wales international Robbie Savage provides expert studio analysis.