>> Poland 0 – 0 Greece <<
That’s what I’ve got as the score in my pool. Problem is I’ve seen the bottom of more pools than over-indulgers at a Rolling Stones after party
>> Russia 2 – 1 Czechs <<
Russians historically do well against Czechs in eastern Europe.
Poland score, deservedly, after waves of attacks eventually lead to a Lewandowski header. Congrats to those who took up Coral on their tweet this morning offering 5:2 odds on the Dortmund man scoring at all in the tourney.
At the half, you cannot argue that Poland do not deserve to be up a goal but a ridiculous call on the red card to Sokratis has all but sewn up the result for them. To add insult to expulsion, the Spanish ref opted not to give a penalty to the Greeks for a clear though inadvertent handball in the box minutes later.
Greek tactics are clearly to draw fouls and pump balls into the box. This will become even more black and white in the second half now that they’re down a man. Will be interesting to see if Poland continue marauding or play a bit more conservatively and settle for the one-nil win.
Here’s my quick and nasty video analysis of Poland’s goal done with my iPhone and TV:
No one yet is commending the long run made by #8 Rybus into the box. That run creates the 2v1 and draws the Greek centre back to him as his run is dangerously convincing. This frees up Lewandowski at the far post for a much easier finish than had he just been 1v1 with a centre back draped all over him.
If a Greek midfielder had been willing to track that run not so sure it would have resulted in a goal
Game over. Greeks will be ecstatic despite the miss on the penalty. Man of the Match is clearly Salpingidis. Came on at the half and was a constant thorn for the Polish back four. Scored, drew the penalty (and red card) and scored again only for it to be called back for offside on the crosser.
Great start for the tourney and for my pool!
Time for Canada v Cuba…