Poland vs. Greece
After the 2012 Euro Cup’s majestic and beautiful opening ceremony, the host country took the field to do battle with Greece´s national team. Poland got off to a great start, getting 4 shots off on goal in the first 15 minutes of the match. It was clear that the Polish were there to make themselves seen as they attacked the Greek defenders and passed the ball with great precision. Poland´s #1 sticker, Robert Lewandowski, committed the first foul in the Cup. He soon made up for it by scoring a great header into to lower left-hand side of the Greek goal, scoring the first goal of the Euro Cup with great style.
After receiving the first goal something changed for the Greek team. They started attacking and moving the ball better than ever and pushed the ball across half field. They seemed to have gotten faster and younger as they dribbled the ball around the Polish defenders. They had a few good looks, but the Polish keeper came up big in the first half. In the 51st minute, the Greeks finally got one through. Dimitrios Salpingidis scored off a rebound from one of his teammates. They had another chance, this time to win the game as the Polish goalkeeper came out to defend a 2 on 1, but fouled the Greek striker which earned the first red card of the Cup and a penalty kick for Greece.
Polish substitute goalkeeper, Prsemyslaw Tyto, came into the game with the huge responsibility of trying to stop the penalty kick that would, for sure, give the Greeks the win. As Giorgos Karagounis approached to stick the ball, Tyto dove to the lower right post stopping the ball in its tracks and saving at least the tie for his team. Poland had a total of 13 shots, 6 of which were on goal and Greece had a total of 8 with 3 on goal. There were a total of 38 fouls, 22 for Poland and 16 for Greece. They also had 2 yellow cards and 1 red while Poland received no yellow cards and 1 red. All this made for an exciting first game of Euro 2012!