Euro 2012 Round-up – Czech Republic defeat Greece & Russia and Poland share the spoils

Football violence has marred the Euro Championships with Polish and Russian fans clashing in the streets of Warsaw. The trouble flared after the authorities allowed the Russians to march through the city to commemorate their national day that some Polish fans took exception to. Running battles in the streets caused the police to use rubber bullets and water cannons in order to restore order in the City – with over 100 arrests have already been made, while plenty of supporters have been left wounded as a result of the clashes.
Greece 1-2 Czech Republic

Czech Republic kept their hopes of progressing to the quarter finals alive with a hard fought victory over Greece in Group A on Tuesday.
After being hammered 4-1 by Russia on the opening day of the finals Michal Bilek’s side knew they had to win if they were to avoid the ignominy of being the first team eliminated. That seemed to resonate with the Czech players as they stormed into a 2-0 lead inside the first five minutes with Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar getting their names on the scoresheet. Greece struggled to mount a serious response until the second half until a Petr Cech gaffe allowed Theofanis Gekas to reduce the deficit but Bileks men held to boost their chances of advancing to the latter stages of the competition.

Match Highlights

Poland 1-1 Russia

Russia missed the chance to become the first team to book a place in the Euro 2012 knockout stage after being held by co-hosts Poland at the National Stadium in Warsaw. After handing out a thumping to Czech Republic on the opening day of the finals Dick Advocaats’ side looked on course to seal a quarter final berth after Alan Dzagoev nodded them into 38th minutes lead in a tense first half. But just 12 minutes after the break captain Jakub Blaszczykowski’s superb strike earned Poland a point and leaving Group A poised on knife-edge with all four team still mathematically able to reach the last eight going into the final set of fixtures on Saturday.

Match Highlights

England Watch

Scott Parker was satisfied with England’s performance against France on Monday night, however believes that they may need more than big hearts, determination and commitment if they are to progress further within the tournament:

“I think it was a good result and something for us to build on. We were disappointed to concede against a good French team but sometimes they are going to stretch you a bit. They have very good individuals who get into pockets all over the pitch.

“We probably would have taken the point beforehand. It was hot and difficult and they are a very good team. The one thing we showed was a lot of big hearts, courage and commitment. Whether that wins you tournaments, I don’t know. But it is a base for us to build on and hopefully we can do that.”