12/06/2012 Match of the Day


12/06/2012

Colin Murray presents highlights of both Group A matches as Poland play Russia in Warsaw and Greece take on the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.


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One game down for all 16 sides at Euro 2012 and the outlook is good

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so far, with eight more goals than four years ago. Tonight, Group A is

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back in the limelight, and as they did such a good job of pronouncing

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the player names on day one of the tournament, we've asked David James

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and Robbie Savage back. Here's the plan.

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Co-hosts Poland will be looking for ther first win - but group leaders

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Russia will take all the beating. After that, we'll see 2004

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champions Greece take on the pointless Czech Republic. Yesterday

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England showed some French resistance - we've reaction to

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their draw in Donetsk. And we'll have the latest from the Irish camp,

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who have a mountain to climb again Of pitch matters first engine may

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have seen on the news that they have been some disturbances in

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Warsaw this evening. There were clashes between Polish and Russian

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fans before this evening's game. The afternoon began with a march

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through Warsaw to the stadium to celebrate Russia's national day.

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May harm caused by a mindless minority. Let us get to the

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football. Regardless of the score between the Czech Republic and

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Greece, a win for the Russians would make them the first team into

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the quarter finals of Euro 2012. Co-hosts Poland were the opposition

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in their own capital city, Warsaw, and that's were we're off to first.

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Poland got off to a flyer in their opener against Greece. Head boy

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Lewandowski soared but after that, it was hellas - they conceded an

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equaliser, Szczesny was sent off - but thankfully super sub Titon

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saved the day. Coach Smuda said they were paralysed by the pressure.

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Russia were four-midable against the Czech Republic, with coach

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Advocaat toasting a champagne performance from his team and

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skipper Arshavin. The little man was too hot to handle and with the

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equally lively Dzagoev netting a double, they looked impressive,

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earning their dark horse tag. Mick McCarthy and Simon Brotherton are

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conflict meat as Warsaw comes to a standstill. Even more than the

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opening game, this is the one that has captured de local imagination.

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The newspapers are full of it and TV has shown little else in the

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build up. Ireland are without their first-choice goalkeeper, Szczesny,

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Lewandowski for inspiration. The nationality of the referee and

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match officials, they are from Germany. Not surprisingly, 26 Polly

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Stakes with the players to start to the tournament so well with their

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds

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4-1 win over the Czech Republic. Lewandowski. Russia are leaving two

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up, looking to catch them on the The Russians making such a good

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start to the tournament and they played so well for years ago before

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finally coming unstuck in the last Lewandowski. He is quite from time

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to time there when he comes alive It went up well before the ball hit

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the back of the net. I know it does not count but the football from it

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was brilliant. It shows the quality of players in this tournament. The

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incisiveness of the passing was attendance is more than we were

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told was the capacity for the to get out of the way of that,

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of getting past. He certainly does. It is a stupid place to give a

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goal of the tournament already. All Poland's good work is undone in an

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instant. The worst thing for me is that the Polish defenders backed

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds

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off. As the keeper gets people a but he was able to recover.

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missed the opportunity to shoot stayed down, but the goalkeeper

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Blaszczykowski! And the host nation celebrate in every corner of the

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land. Poland are level. This is such a great goal. Arshavin gives

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it away but we should not really talk about that, at the finish, on

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his left foot. Blaszczykowski absolutely nailed it. Fabulous. A

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deserved equaliser from the way they have played this second half.

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There will not be many more better finishers than that during this

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nearly squeezed it underneath the Malafeev. Great football, a

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fantastic football. And another good save. Poland have a proud

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footballing tradition. Will we be talking about some of the current

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds

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mind there. It was probably not who are showing plenty of vigour.

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Ignashevich, voted 11 years straight at the best defender in

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the Russian league. It is incredible, there was a great

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opportunity to put a cross in with the left but, but he get between

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two defenders and hits it with his right foot.

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final whistle, and Poland have a precious point. Smiles all round

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the National Stadium. The goal of the night from Jakub Blaszczykowski,

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a stunning second-half equaliser to rule out the first-half header from

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performance, all to play for in the David, it was breathless at times.

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You have to be careful about forming opinions of teams after

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just one game, because I thought Russia approach this game

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differently, and then Poland looked better than we had given them

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credit for. After the first game, you thought

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Russia would breeze this by three or four goals. They said that with

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the mentality of not needing to win. Four points after two games is a

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very good situation, and they played that way. Poland were

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unfortunate, I think, not to take the winner against Greece, and

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looked like the better side today. They did it with real discipline

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and cornice under fire, and that is after the manager said they were

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paralysed by pressure in the first game. This was very different?

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I thought they were fantastic tactically, the manager got it spot

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on. They played well on the break and were first to do the poor, as

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they did it all again. They were the better team, they did not lead

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Russia have any space. They were driving into the middle of that --

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middle of the defence, Russia, and the ball was getting picked off.

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There is NO-SPACE, the good Russian players cannot get SPACEBAR stop no

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time on the ball, just getting pass and a fantastic finish will

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It was Polanski picking up the ball, it and Lewandowski takes a bit of

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kicking but holds the ball up well. He could easily play in the Premier

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League, a lot of speculation about him coming here. He was fantastic

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today. They mainly a -- may be only made

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one mistake at the back, the Polish, and it cost them.

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Yes, they looked good. This is the first free kick. The second free

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kick, Andy Cole for Russia, they are too deep, the keeper could not

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come and it is 1-0. They got sucked in a bit, only by a

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yard, is that the difference between making a clean catch or

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conceding a goal? Absolutely. The young goalkeeper,

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the first one, he has controlled the area, but the second free kick,

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he is ten men to push up, there is confusion, it allows Russia to come

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in, the guy makes a run in from the edge of the box and it is a goal.

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You can play all the pretty football you what, you can have the

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attacking three players 30 yards out, but they had very few chances.

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We have put them all together and it looks like the Polish manager

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got it absolutely right, because they had a torn Lyne good chances.

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Russia flattered to deceive in the first game with four goals.

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Lewandowski and Polanski whereat the heart of things for Poland. The

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keeper has played superbly for Russia, he has got no chance for

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the goal. We are still waiting for a chance

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from Russia, there is very little. Arshavin today I got tired towards

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the end, he did not influence the game like he did the first game.

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The Russian people was fantastic. - The set-up for Poland, they will

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compact, and they scored. So 14! Would you like some Polish

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I AM confused, are you taking Poland as a genuine threat?

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I still think Russia are the dark horses, but the way Poland played

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against Greece, we talk about them not winning because of the missed

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penalty, but Poland should have put that game out of sight.

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Let's move on to Greece verses the Czech Republic. They were both less

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than impressive in their first games. Let's go to the City of rats

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Greece conceded an early goal and had a man harshly sent off, but

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then equalised and could have won at a pop -- if Karagounis had not

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had his penalty saved. The Czech Republic were demolished

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by Russia 4-1, and looked demoralised. Petr Cech did not play

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well, and they will be helped if they do not play well in this game.

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their nation proud, against all odds, just as they did in the

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opening day. There is history in the European Championships between

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these two nations, Czech Republic fans do not need reminding of

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memories from eight years ago. A Greece's selection has not been

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straightforward. Papastathopoulos is suspended. Katsouranis moves

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back from midfield to his central defensive partnership.

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As far as the Czech Republic are concerned, they make two changes.

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Kadlec schmooze into central defence, with David Limbersky, who

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played in the Champions League, coming in at left-back. Despite

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some suggestions to the contrary, Euro 2004 Golden Boot winner Milan

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Baros does start and is the lone Republic! Petr Jiracek inside two-

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and-a-half minutes to give them the dream start. It is a brilliant ball

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through to him, the goalkeeper get a hand to lead, but Chalkias could

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not keep it out. The goalkeeper may be a little disappointed. The Czech

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Republic will not worry about that. Their strong army of supporters are

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togetherness with ten men against Poland. The Czechs know it they

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cannot let the Greek team off the hook. It has been bundled home by

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Pilar! We have not had five minutes! What a beginning for the

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Czech Republic and a disastrous start for Greece. That was all

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about the ball from Rosicky, the cost from Gebre Selassie -- the

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cross. And Pilar challenges with Katsouranis, who may have got the

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last touch. Delight from Michelle the leg and the Czech Republic

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was neatly worked. The 23-year-old is only 5 ft 6. They have maintain

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the the Czech Lionel Messi. -- they goalkeeper Avraam Papadopoulos.

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Chalkias appears to have some kind of problem here. -- and a

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Papadopoulos. Kostas Chalkias is going to play no further part. He

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is replaced by Sifakis. Sifakis, 27 years of age, is on for his 13th

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cap. He was part of the World Cup squad to two years ago without

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playing a game. His first appearance a major tournament.

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Sifakis has to make his first save since coming on in the Greek golf-

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will not count, the offside flag is up. Frustration and disappointment

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for Greece. A good delivery from Torosidis, and a close decision. A

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two goal lead for the Czech Republic, still intact. Fernando

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds

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Santos has only lost one game as accepted by the substitute, Gekas.

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A horrible moment for the Czech Republic and it could be a crucial

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one for Greece. Petr Cech could not hold that. Out Of nowhere, Gekas

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had the simple task of rolling it home. Greece a back in it. Could

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds

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that be the break that Greece so Greece. Trying to find the all-

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for the Czech Republic, who respond after the heavy defeat to Russia

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with three break points. 2-0 up inside six minutes and despite the

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mistake from Petr Cech, they have seen him through and held on and

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their quarter-final challenge is It is tight, all four teams can

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still qualify from the group. Greece must win to have a chance.

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Poland will definitely go through if they beat the Czech Republic, a

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The Greeks defend well, they do not score much, but they do not concede

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many either. Do they not take the polls today? It was a crazy start.

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They lost the game in the first six minutes. The left-back's positional

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into the opposition half. Greece it lose the ball and his recovery run

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a decent finish. I hate picking on people, but Holebas, he was not in

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centre half there was wrong, and also there error from the keeper.

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You have to remember they are suspended and a knee injury for

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their first two -- first-choice centre backs. This is the first

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game, and again mistakes. In his He defends like a winner. Injuries

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and suspensions but they were absolutely awful for the first six

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minutes. But then Petr Cech seems to be a sixes and sevens.

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Responsible for just about maybe he is a little bit nervous.

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Perhaps his clubs. I have this thing about goalkeepers going into

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tournaments and wearing brand-new clubbers. It is an instant that has

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not only happened to him in finals. You blame what they're wearing!

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mentioned the other day about the way Petr Cech used to dominate the

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six-yard box and the 18 yard box. There is an incident four years ago,

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obviously not used to what he was wearing. Are they that important

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He has spent a halt the air in the Champions League with a different

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pair. At 2-0 down, we have to give the Creech credit for their heads

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not dropping. This was a big point there. His farm is offside and the

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role is that if a body part they cannot score was offside, it is not,

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Saying that, does any neutral in the land want Greece to go through

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to the quarter-finals? Well, I think with their great defence...

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It is not a hugely exciting to watch. Probably still money from

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Russia to go through, you think it is Poland to join them? I think the

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way they played today, they were fantastic. I'm very pleased

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repellent, they were expecting to be the whipping boys. -- with

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Poland. I think the Czech Republic and Greece are out. It has been a

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good group. A game steeped in football history, Netherlands

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versus Germany. It's fair to say they don't like each other much and

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the Dutch need something from that, otherwise it could be an early

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shock departure. 7pm on BBC One - with build-up including highlights

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of Denmark against Portugal. And before that in the afternoon,

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weather permitting, the grass court season is underway as tennis from

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London's Queen's Club continues - join Sue Barker from 1pm on BBC Two.

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No Euro highlights show would be complete without a Gabby Logan

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nightcap, as we head back inside an England camp who showed real

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discipline and not a little promise in their opening game draw against

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middle is James Milner! Lescott gives England the lead! He opted to

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stay back and he has made the save. Brilliant strike! Joe Hart had to

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get down at his near post. And it is deflected behind! A really good

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stop. England will consider that England have left behind the

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stifling heat and humidity of Donetsk and returned to their base

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here. Time to recharge and rest and take stock on a well-earned point

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against an much-fancied side and the part that the emerging talent

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Any young player can learn from what I have done. Two-and-a-half

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years ago, I was nearly released from Southampton. And now I am

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playing at the European Championship. Do not let people

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telly you are not good enough. He is the type of player I thought

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my skip away from them in midfield, and he did that, but he got brought

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down. Had he been allowed to continue, he might have put a pass

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in for a goal. His quality showed, he got on the

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ball and ran at them. We need that when it is tight, we cannot give it

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to him and get that the situations. When you are young it is difficult.

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He did well. It is not just the players praising

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him. 24 hours later, the press were also seen optimism.

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Not a Oxlade-Chamberlain nor Welbeck were phased, possibly

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because they play for big clubs, possibly because they have been

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brought up well. Welbeck is strong, very good at retaining possession.

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I think he will start against Sweden.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain stood out for me because he does not overawed. He

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kept his discipline and was really good in the first half. I thought

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he was excellent. Even if England lose again, it or

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not weigh heavily on them, because they believe next time they can

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come out and win it all compete with the best.

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This is the courtyard where Poland was ruled from 45 ideas, until the

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capital moved to Warsaw. Spiritualist believes -- believe

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there is a confluence of the world's lines under here. If

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England will beat Sweden on Friday, they need to channel that

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positivity and believed defence into attack. -- turn defence into

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attack. It is a good foundation for us, we

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have to take the positive at a bit at going to the next two games.

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A we need to be difficult to beat, but better on the ball. With all

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due respect to Sweden, they are not France Paul stop we need to create

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more, because it is important to get three points on Friday.

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England's second game against Sweden will be live on BBC One.

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Before that, highlight of Ukraine verses France.

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On day one, you were dead keen on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting,

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so you must have been very happy when you saw his name on the team-

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sheet? It is almost like pad inside

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information, which I did not. I thought he did well in a very

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difficult game against a side who went into the tournament with a

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England had two banks of four in defence, and he was disciplined

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with that. Great feat, and he would have been

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aware that the whole eyes of the nation were on him. He was the idea

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that -- he knew the eyes were on How do you think Danny Welbeck did?

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Exceptionally well. He got the ball, brought people into play. It was a

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was disappointed with Ashley Young. -- without fear.

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Theo Walcott should have been in their.

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Would you bring Walcott in a 4 Young? As Steven Gerrard said,

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Labour will have more of the ball. Bryn Walcott in and add more pace.

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There are not big headlines, they are honest. I am going to raise

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expectations, I have great hopes for England!

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I think they played like we would expect, not to get beaten, they

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have only conceded one goal in three games, scored in all of them.

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Roll on Sweden, life on the BBC! Now we get to the Republic of

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Ireland, a 3-1 defeat to Croatia was the stuff of nightmares. They

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have Spain on Thursday. Damian If you thought the Irish had given

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up and were preparing for an early exit, you would be wrong. Hearing

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good banks, they are here in numbers, keeping the faith. --

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Gdansk. In Lee Camp today, the atmosphere was positive.

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Have you got the other night out of your system? Are you ready for

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Spain? We are disappointed, but we are

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back out training now, and we have no time to dwell on it.

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We gave always flop -- sloppy goals at the wrong time, and it cost us.

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What is the challenge ahead? Very difficult, we have Spain and

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Italy and we know how good they are. We need four points minimum from

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the two games. We are looking forward to the challenge.

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It would have been unusual for Italian defenders do not have to

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play against a striker, something I have not seen before. But I am sure

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they will have them on the pitch on the Thursday. They need to win the

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game as much as we did. It will be similar to when we

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played France in Paris, and we need to press them and push them, it

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will have to be the same. If we can sit back, we will probably lose, so

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we have to go for it. We need to play with our attitude,

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our mentality, had not make mistakes. The last time, we

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conceded openings. Easy mistakes. Kevin, how far below par were

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Ireland against Croatia? I thought they did not start well,

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conceding the goal early did not help, but after that, I thought the

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Irish played themselves into the game, I thought Kevin Doyle was

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causing a lot of problems for the Croatian centre halves. When the

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Croatians got the second goal on half-time, the whole perspective

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and the whole team talk changed, because they went in on a real high

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and came out a very strong in the second half.

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They need a result against the world champions. Does it play into

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Ireland's hands? Over the years, the Irish have done

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very well as underdogs. They have had big performances and results,

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against England in 1988, Italy in 1994. This is the time when they

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have got to put the Croatian performance at behind them, the

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game is coming around very quickly, they have not got much time to

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dwell on it, and this is the opportunity for them to get back

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We will have highlight of that crucial clash on Thursday at

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11:35pm. You can watch all our I know Giovanni Trappatoni reckons

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there is a lot of pressure with McClean, it just feels right to for

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him in. We have just seen what Oxlade-

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Chamberlain can do. James McLean is the same. He is exciting, they have

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got nothing to lose. -- James McClean.

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Sadleir force Russia's Die Again has -- as he stunned the co-host. -

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- Alan Dzagoev of what Russia's Dyer again. Also making his mark

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He is the one that has his skid marks on his short!

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Colin Murray presents highlights of both Group A matches as Poland play Russia in Warsaw and Greece take on the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.

Co-hosts Poland, appearing in their second European Championship, have met Russia on three previous occasions and it is honours even to date; the two countries fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw five years ago in the most recent encounter.

The Czech Republic and Greece famously met at the semi-final stage of Euro 2004, as Traianos Dellas's extra time header sent the unfancied Greeks into the final of a tournament they went on to win.


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