• FT

    Poland

    1

    Greece

    1

  • FT

    Russia

    4

    Czech Rep

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

Attendance: 56826

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Poland

  • Robert Lewandowski 17'

1 - 1

FT

Greece

  • Dimitris Salpingidis 51'
Watch Live on: ESPN, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    James Tyler: So folks, must run to complete the post-game. Please join us at 2.15 p.m. ET for Russia vs. Czech Republic
    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8018676/russia-vs-czech-republic

    Goodbye!

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    James Tyler: Cheers, Roger! Another game today....

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    James Tyler: Definitely Dan. Poland came out full of fury but were derailed following half-time.

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    Roger Bennett: Great opener. Loved the drama. Poland will be gutted, but the result was fair. Brilliant being with you James and Jeff. Looking forward to a magical tournament. HAPPY EUROS

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    [Comment from Dan]
    A disappointing result for the home side, one has to say.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    That is not how I imagined that game would go.

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    [Comment from Bandwagon]
    Tyton Hero Last

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    James Tyler: Full Time at the National Stadium in Warsaw: Poland 1, Greece 1. Tale of two halves, a referee and a man named Salpingidis.

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    James Tyler: And that's that!

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    James Tyler: Thanks, guest! The upcoming Czech-Russia game will test me to the limits too. This chat will shut down around 2pm and you can rejoin us at 2.15 in another room for Czech Republic vs. Russia. Link is here:
    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8018676/russia-vs-czech-republic
    Don't be late!

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    Roger Bennett: I meant Berbatov as in a player that does not fit into United's system? I actually think he will be terrific

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    [Comment from Guest]
    I commend James Tyler on his spelling bravado under difficult circumstances.

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    James Tyler: It's lofted long and Chalkias comes to gather but misses it completely. Lucky for him, it clears Lewandowski's head also.

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    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    Lewandowski seems a hog....doesn't look to play his teammates....more Van Nistleroy than Berbatov

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    [Comment from islander]
    Lewandowski is in no way like berbatov, he is a much more versatile player

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    James Tyler: Three minutes of added time, folks.

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    James Tyler: Now, Piszczek bombs up the right flank one final time, is rebuffed but Blaszczykowski makes a run of his own, crossing deep into the box. Katsouranis makes the unusual choice to volley it over his own crossbar. Poland corner...

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    James Tyler: One minute to play... the ball is deep in the Polish half but a foul on Piszczek cuts the action to a halt.

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    Roger Bennett: How do Manchester United fans feel about Lewandowski? Polish Berbatov?

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    Roger Bennett: @Franklin game has been quality entertainment. Low quality from a footballing perspective. But loaded with hysterical talking points which opening games rarely are

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    James Tyler: Tyton scurries off his line to cut out a pass that Salpingidis was aiming for. TWO MINUTES REMAINING

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    James Tyler: Free kick for the Greeks but Lewandowski nods it clear from the edge of his own area.

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    James Tyler: FOUR MINUTES TO GO

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    James Tyler: Let's take it as a single game and say it's been quality. I think it has. Yes, the ref has been poor (except on the Szczesny red card) but both sides have shown they're not here to make up the numbers. Plenty of brio and gusto from a Greece side traditionally mocked for being over-defensive.

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    [Comment from Franklin]
    James, do we consider this a good opening game, or a travesty of refereeing and representative of what's to come?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland: Lewandowski wriggles free of Papadopoulos the Younger but rifles his shot into the side netting from a narrow angle.

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    James Tyler: Both sides look exhausted. Or all too aware of the tragedy a late game-winner could spell for the rest of the group stage.

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    James Tyler: Shot by Karagounis from 30 yards out drifts over Tyton's goal.

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    James Tyler: Soft shot by Polanski from the top of the box and Chalkias lazily smothers it, taking his time to restart play.

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    James Tyler: Scott, in-between PA and Ukraine is more or less most of Europe. Jeff Carlisle's in Warsaw as we speak.

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    Roger Bennett: Going out on a limb here. Has anyone ever found a Poland Greece game this gripping? maybe Poland 4 Greece 0 in 1963. But other than that?

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    [Comment from Scott]
    "All points inbetween"? You have someone floating in the Atlantic Ocean?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland, but Obraniak overhits his cross for Lewandowski following a good run by Piszczek.

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    James Tyler: No CiL for the USA game tonight, folks. Sorry. We just can't. We're scattered all the way from Pennsylvania to Kharkiv for the Euros, and all points inbetween. But we will have post-match grades following its thrilling conclusion.

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    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    ps....Samaras looks more like Viggo Mortensen than Ashton Kutcher

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    James Tyler: He's in the bullpen, Jake, absolutely. He'll be making spot starts on the CiL. Will be doing tomorrow's Germany v. Portugal, for example.

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    Roger Bennett: Cathy. I am watching this game from inside my Panic Room. am not in Ukraine yet

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    From the corner of one's eye, and I can't believe I'm revealing this, Greece keeper Kostas Chalkias looks as if he is naked. Odd kit colour.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Will Leander Alphabets be making an appearance?

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    [Comment from cathy]
    Rog, is Davo coming out to join up with you for the later stages of the Euros?

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    James Tyler: 79th minute and these two sides counter-punching with wild abandon. Loving this.

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    James Tyler: Roger, I'm delirious. Full on footy ague.

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    [Comment from Jan L.]
    Yes to bearded footballers.

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    Roger Bennett: Euro fever James. Euro FEVER

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    James Tyler: All jokes aside, what a game, eh? #football

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    Roger Bennett: Dimitris Salpigidis is my favorite player in the Euros so far. Gent looks like a young Robin Williams. There has been a chronic shortage of bearded footballers on the world's stage

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    James Tyler: Torosidis has a speculative shot from the right flank on the volley, but comfortably wide of Tyton's net.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Arsenal keeper in a big game. 'Nuff said.

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    James Tyler: As for the comments, folks: there are hundred flooding in by the minute and we're trying to keep up

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    James Tyler: Professional foul with a player clean through on goal. Better known as a DOGSO: Denying an Obvious Goalscoring Opportunity.

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    [Comment from lizaBee]
    anyone know why szcz was sent off?

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Good call on that offside. Surprised.

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    James Tyler: PSV Eindhoven, Brett.

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    [Comment from Brett]
    Who does Tyton play for?

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    Roger Bennett: "A hairline decision" says Sir Ian Darke. There appear to be so many hairline decisions for this Greek Team. Bald spots now popping out everywhere.

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    [Comment from Trey Horsfall]
    The Greek Manager's expressions are priceless... you know when his players do something wrong

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    James Tyler: SALPINGIDIS HAS IT IN THE NET! But it's offside! Amazing. Taps home from 6 yards but the man that put the cross in was a shade behind the defender.

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    [Comment from Heather]
    Any irony lost on a Greek having a penalty saved against a Tyton?

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    James Tyler: Cheers, Dan!

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    [Comment from Dan]
    YOU are rubbish, James Tyler.

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    [Comment from Perceus]
    Revenge of the Tyton!

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! This is a superb game to open this tournament. Two unfashionable sides in a real scrap.

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    Roger Bennett: Ref has 19 minutes plus injury time to try and do some more damage with that red card. My money is on a Greece player to walk next

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    James Tyler: Both are rubbish, Dan.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Where is Fabianski? Or Kruszcek?

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Seriously: You guys describe the on-field action so much better than the chat-room writers for other sports. Some of us can't have the TV on and greatly appreciate the wordsmithery.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    HAHAH! I WAS RIGHT!!! POST IT!

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    [Comment from Gayatri P]
    Wow! Tyton is a national hero now!

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    [Comment from Dolph]
    SAVE AND A BEAUTY

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    [Comment from Mac]
    TYTON!!!! PSV!!!!

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    James Tyler: Will this spur Poland back to life?

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    James Tyler: Karagounis pings it low to Tyton's left, but what a manly, phenomenal stonewall by the sub.

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    Roger Bennett: How did the shooter not follow up his shot.? He just sank to his knees and grabbed his head, totally ignoring the rebound

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    James Tyler: PENALTY SAVED!!!!

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    [Comment from John]
    Well that Red Card was legit

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    THIS JUST GOT GOOD

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    [Comment from John]
    Oh my oh my oh my!

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    [Comment from Trey Horsfall]
    WHAAAATTTT??????

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Rybus off, reserve goalie Tyton (great name) comes on to face the PK.

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    James Tyler: Salpingidis played in over the top unmarked, the Arsenal keeper chops him down, and Karagounis is raring up to take the spot kick. I'm stunned. Stunned!

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    You can take the player out of Arsenal, but you cannot take Arsenal out of the player. #euro2012

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    James Tyler: Stunning turnaround, perhaps.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans. Your goalie will return match fresh

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    James Tyler: PENALTY FOR GREECE! AND A RED CARD FOR SZCZESNY! SCENES!

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    James Tyler: Belgium has a great crop (Kompany, Mertens, Hazard, Vertonghen etc). Think Turkey is always obdurate and tricky. There's two... Slovakia (Skrtel, Hamsik), maybe? Slovenia were decent enough at 2010 World Cup?

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Does Europe have 8 more good teams to make the tourney more interesting? I know Belgium's missing, but who else?

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    Roger Bennett: Poland's pre-match meal of Borscht and Steak Pierogi's starting to seem like not such a good idea after all

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    James Tyler: Perhaps. It'll allow more fringe teams in, obviously. Might dilute the tension of the current format, though. Really no lame ducks in the field. Except, perhaps, Ukraine.

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    [Comment from Tim]
    Does expanding to 24 teams make this tournament more interesting?

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    James Tyler: Deep cross by Blaszczykowski but Lewandowski can't reach it. And another "injury" for Greece, chewing up precious seconds. I hope Torosidis makes a full recovery.

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    Roger Bennett: Greece trying to wind down the clock by insisting the referee says their names correctly

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    James Tyler: Maybe, maybe not. In a tournament of just 16, you get this every time. Inevitable, really.

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    [Comment from Lou]
    Is Group B the most difficult group in recent memory?

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Giorgio Samaras. The looks of Ashton Kutcher. But with a worse left foot

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR GREECE -- but Samaras was offside! He'd found some room behind Piszczek but illegally so. Had plenty of goal to aim at, not that his shot was on target.

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    James Tyler: A bit, yes. (In reference to eventual winner). I think many are buying into the hype of Villa's absense, Puyol's injury, indecision at striker (Torres, Llorente, Soldado etc)

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    Are you surprised that only 17% of people on here are picking Spain?

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    James Tyler: Obviously, Jake, it's England. Try typing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It's tricky.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    What team has the most challenging names for you guys? Surely it's a Group A side?

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    James Tyler: Free-kick for Greece should ease the pressure as RB Vassilis Torosidis goes down under Rybus' shove.

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    James Tyler: Two yellows for Greek CB Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Two very soft yellows, at that.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    what was the red card?

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    James Tyler: Boenisch whams in a cross but it doesn't reach Lewandowski. And so Poland resets, ready to surge upfield once more.

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    James Tyler: 30 minutes left and the Poles lacking in rhythm.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    Every single player for Greece looks like a guitar player for any band at Bonnaroo.

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    James Tyler: Replay of the goal shows the full comedy of errors: Szczesny would have reached it, but Gekas' near-post presence forced a move from Wasilewski. As luck would have it, it baffled all three and sat up nicely for Salpingidis' easy finish.

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    James Tyler: Obraniak and Maciej Rybus over it.... Obraniak pings it wide. Need to at least trouble the shaky Chalkias from there. Alas, no luck.

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    James Tyler: Free-kick for Poland in a good spot: 30 yards out, just to the left of goal.

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    James Tyler: My son is too young to be pushed into a profession, RCTID. And referee would be the last calling I'd suggest.

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    [Comment from RCTID]
    Father of a good child, or a good ref?

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    James Tyler: Now, the steadfast attacking brio of Poland appears hesitant and full of self-doubt. Manna for the Greeks, surely.

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    James Tyler: It appears to be quite effortless by the ref, D. Good refs are like good children (I say this as a father of one): they should be seen, but not heard.

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    [Comment from D]
    Is it me or is ref trying to become part of the game

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    James Tyler: Indeed, J. And mercifully, I don't think Valentin Ivanov (ref that day in 2006) is here. Maybe as a spectator.

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    [Comment from J]
    Please don't let this ref have Portugal/Holland next week...

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    [Comment from Will]
    This game is madness.... No This. Is. EURO 2012!!!

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    Roger Bennett: English tabloids cue up Greek "Euro Bail Out" gags...

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    James Tyler: To Steven: Relax! Comments get through as we get to them -- and there are quite a few.

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    James Tyler: So, now the game resets and the intrigue is high. Poland can't suffer a draw at home with a man advantage. But will that open more gaps for Greece to stun again?

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Yup, that's Arsenal's goaltending coming through again

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    TAKE THAT AUSTERITY!

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Lewandowski has an Adrian Brody vibe.

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    Roger Bennett: Salpingidis looks like he is sponsored by the Hair Club for Men

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Arsenal representing on that one! #euro

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    James Tyler: Good cross from the right, Gekas and Wasilewski collide, the ball is loose, Szczesny marooned and Salpingidis slides it home!

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    Roger Bennett: James Tyler. Nick A Goal. Always the first priority of the Greek Gameplan

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    James Tyler: Polish defense caught out, and sub Salpingidis equalizes for ten-man Greece!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR GREECE! OUT OF NOWHERE!

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! A lovely meandering run by Piszczek in off the right-flank springs Lewandowski, but he can't keep his shot down. I'm feeling smart having picked Piszczek as one of the breakout stars for this summer.

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    James Tyler: Absolutely, Niel. Most hardcore fans will tell you that any red card against their own teams is the worst. Though this one will gall even casual observers.

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    [Comment from Niel]
    Can you think of a worse red card...ever?

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    James Tyler: Alright, save your haikus for later now. Some good ones in the mix! Don't forget we'll be shifting to a new Cover It Live for the Czech Republic-Russia game. That chat will begin at 2.15 p.m. ET.

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    [Comment from Sal]
    referee steals show / I can't quite spell the greek names / might as well give up

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    [Comment from CB]
    Greek austerity, displayed on the soccer pitch, ref won't bail them out

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    If we're going Game of Thrones, this ref is Joffrey Baratheon.

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    James Tyler: Shame to see young Ninis removed. Had started to look lively on the right side of midfield.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GREECE: Sotiris Ninis off, Dimitris Salpingidis on. Presumably in light of the red card.

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    Roger Bennett: Man of match first half? Sir Ian Darke. Not a single consonant wrong. Not one -opolopops out of place

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    James Tyler: We're back, and a sub for Greece.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    One half in the books, worst red card i've ever seen, Euro twenty twelve

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    [Comment from CFCChris]
    Holy crud. That Game of Thrones comment is gold.

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    James Tyler: I think Goonerush has nailed it, Roger.

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    [Comment from Goonerush]
    Rog, Lewandowski's doppelganger is ken marino from party down

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Manuel Neuer is registered for Germany? I thought he would represent Tarth with his sister, Brienne.

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    James Tyler: Great idea, Sal. Flood us with HT haikus before the second half...

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    [Comment from Sal]
    Haikus for Euros?

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    [Comment from D]
    Yeah, lighten up Francis!

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    James Tyler: @sina -- I'm still going for Germany and Netherlands to escape. What will help them is not playing one another first. Both could win first game and set up group nicely.

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    [Comment from Sina]
    What are your predictions for the Group B ("Group of Death") standings once all is said and done?

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    Roger Bennett: Lots of people tweeting in that Michael Ballack looks like Matt Damon. I don't see it. Still struggling to place Lewandowski's doppelganger

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    James Tyler: It's a joke, Justin. Learn to appreciate them.

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    [Comment from Justin]
    Why put (ha ha) beside England in the poll? Way to stay neutral ESPN...

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    [Comment from Davo via Raven]
    Rog, just wanted to say I love you and I miss you.

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    James Tyler: Mine would be: Netherlands v. Germany, England v. France, Spain v. Italy. Though I'm curious to see if Portugal/Netherlands can transcend their bloody feud at World Cup 2006.

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    Roger Bennett: Dan. Lewandowski is playing in his national jersey before his home crowd. The adrenalin is surging. And he has the sound of Manchester United's check book flopping open in front of mind. I would be surprised if he does not score more

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    [Comment from Tim (China)]
    What are the top two or three matches you guys are looking forward to from the group stage?

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    James Tyler: Steve, if you want to spell the Greek XI for us, I'll give you 60 seconds. No copy/paste.

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    [Comment from Hey Steve]
    So what's up for halftime entertainment? Greek surname spelling bee? Pie eating contest?

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    James Tyler: Yes and no. In tournament openers, teams might err on the side of caution given the stakes. In that context, definitely a bit surprised to see the Poles really come out firing.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    James, is Poland's attacking really that surprising?

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    James Tyler: I mean, it *could*, but doubtful that they'll take the time.

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    James Tyler: Don't believe so. UEFA has much bigger fish to fry and will support its referees to the end.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Any chance that the red car can be retroactively rescinded?

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    James Tyler: Alright, lots of comments/queries flooding in. Let's get to a few while we absorb a surprisingly fun first half at Warsaw's National Stadium...

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    [Comment from ESPN_US_Soccer via Twitter]
    Enjoying the #euro2012 opener? Join @JamesTylerESPN @JeffreyCarlisle and @rogbennett in their live analysis: http://es.pn/LcCCHO

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Poland has been the better side but those calls dominate for me unfortunately

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    James Tyler: And yet, it's only 1-0 to Poland.

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    James Tyler: 1. Poland's surprising offensive explosion.
    2. The most pathetic yellow cards on Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
    3. The yellow to Holebas for asking the ref for a PK.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    1-0 to Poland at halftime. Greece have been about as impressive as Antigua without Barbuda

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    James Tyler: Well, then. Half time in the Euro 2012 opening game, and plenty to talk about.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    We don't have to worry about spelling Papastathopoulos for rest of the match at least #euro2012

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    [Comment from John]
    Ref Torquemada

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    James Tyler: Not sure who saw the YC. As for the alleged hand-ball on Perquis, looked very accidental as the CB fell to the floor. Instead, Holebas is in the book for dissent.

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    James Tyler: So, how will Greece respond? By furiously imploring for a hand-ball inside the Poland penalty-area! Only it's a yellow card to the Greek player for daring to ask for a penalty! What rubbish, ref.

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    Roger Bennett: OPTA announce "Tonight's referee Carlos Velasco Carballo dished out 16 red cards in just 19 games in La Liga this season. Strict."

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    Jeff Carlisle: Indeed, Roger.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Standard of refereeing has been dreadful? We have only seen half a game so far.

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    [Comment from Vlad]
    What is this ref thinking? He was slipping and on his way down already!! Terrible reffing.

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    [Comment from andy]
    Whay are the Refs getting involved. I think it is ugly and perhaps the Euro comish is looking for MONNEY from fines!!!!!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greece is in a world of hurt, not just this game, but the next. One center back injured and another suspended.

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    Roger Bennett: like watching last season's MLS right Jeff?

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    [Comment from John]
    Wow...that sukopopoulous

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Are they kidding?

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Wow... Ridiculous card.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Santos is not amused

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    James Tyler: Sokratis Papastathopoulos gets his second yellow for bundling down a Pole in the attacking third. Looked like Murawski slipped and Sokratis was merely nearby. Absurd call by the ref on both YCs.

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    Roger Bennett: standard of refereeing in this tournament so far has been dreadful

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    Jeff Carlisle: That. Was. Soft.

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    James Tyler: WHAT?!?! RED CARD FOR GREECE. NONSENSE.

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    James Tyler: Poland looks very Swansea-esque. Not entirely rock at the back, but pleasingly purposeful at the other end.

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    [Comment from cathy]
    if Greece = Stoke, then Poland = ?

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    James Tyler: Another promising break for Blaszczykowski but a Papadopoulos or a Papastathopoulos upends the move.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Save for one header by Gekas early, Poland's back line has looked very secure in dealing with crosses.

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    James Tyler: Better by Greece as Ninis works a bit of room to swing in a cross from the right, though Wasilewski sweeps it behind for a corner with Gekas lurking.

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    James Tyler: Harsh but fair on the basis of this game so far, Mac.

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    [Comment from Mac]
    Greece = Stoke

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    James Tyler: Corner for Poland, this time, but cleared. Again, Chalkias came out for it but didn't get close. Five minutes until half time...

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR GREECE! Corner on the right is nodded out for another, and Szczesny get to it, punching it clear.

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    Roger Bennett: Greece's gameplan always contains the strategy of "nicking a goal." If they do, the complexion of this tie could radically change

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    James Tyler: On this form, Dan, Poland ought to win all three. They've been paradigm-shiftingly fun and lively thus far.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Who in the world would get NINE points from this group, Kevin?

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! Set piece isn't dealt with and falls to Damien Perquis but the defender wallops it wide from 12 yards. Had half the goal to aim at. Never send a centerback to do a striker's job.

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    Roger Bennett: An eye for an eye. A Papadopoulos for a Papadopoulos

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    James Tyler: Indeed Kevin. They should be 3 up by now.

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    [Comment from Kevin (NY)]
    Poland should go for a big goal difference, no? Possible all three or teams could defeat Greece and a later draw would leave advancing to the margin? I'm imagining the 9, 4, 4, 0 scenario...

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GREECE: Avraam Papadopoulous off, Kyrgiakos Papadopoulos on. Sad to see AP injured and unable to continue. The Schalke CB will happily take over.

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    James Tyler: Who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the Yellow Card sweepstakes? He gets the first Euro YC though hardly earned. Got a bit too aggressive under a high ball.

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    Roger Bennett: Jogi. by "pre-pie Frank?" do you mean, Frank Lampard before breakfast?

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    James Tyler: Think Poland has more to play for. Would you want to disappoint that partisan crowd?

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    [Comment from Greg]
    Which factor in this game is the larger motivation: a Greece team playing to lift the spirit of a struggling country's morale, or a Poland team playing for the pride of a host country?

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    [Comment from Jogi]
    Rog - Lewandowski looks like pre-pie Frank

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    James Tyler: Greece needs more from Giorgios Samaras if they're to unsettle Perquis and co at the back. He's been frustratingly quiet.

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    Roger Bennett: Trying to work out who Lewandowski looks like. A little bit Ray Romano, a little bit KD Lang?

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    [Comment from John]
    Roger, after the '66 Combovers no Englishman can mock another nations pates.

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    James Tyler: I'd say decently. Think they'd shade Greece but struggle against Poland's attacking midfielders and Lewandowski's frightening physicality.

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    [Comment from Zach]
    In your opinion how would team USA fare against either of these teams?

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    James Tyler: The set-piece amounts to nothing, Poland breaks sharply up the other end but the move breaks down as Obraniak can't reach a long crossfield pass.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Rog, a team of Jason Stathams might be better than the Greeks. I think Mean Machine proved his football prowless

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    James Tyler: Better possession from Greece, working it from left to right and holding up the ball. Eventually they win a free-kick as Ninis is knocked down by Sebastian Boenisch.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Well I stand corrected. Looks like A. Papadopoulos is back. My bad.

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    James Tyler: Corner amounts to nothing but Obraniak earns a free-kick on the left as Karagounis chops him down.

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    James Tyler: Lewandowski tries to hustle past Papastathopoulos, shoving the CB out of his way and winning a corner. Great effort from Lewa. Whether he does go to United or not, he's going to have a marvelous tournament.

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    James Tyler: There's your Statham connection come full circle, Roger.

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    [Comment from Will]
    Chez Chelios sounds like a Greek name.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR GREECE! Katsouranis has had enough of this and bombs forward, lashing a shot from 25 yards but it's wide of goal. Still, nice attempt to assert himself as the Poles have looked very comfy thus far.

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    Roger Bennett: Has an international side ever fielded as many balding blokes as Greece? Like watching a team of Jason Stathams

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    James Tyler: Five points should be enough in any group. Think the math proves that. Four might even be enough to elude a group or two.

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    [Comment from Phil]
    Could 5 points see Poland out of the Group Stage?

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    James Tyler: Here's Holebas at the other end but can't free Giorgios Samaras down the flank. Throw-in for Greece.

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    James Tyler: Jose Holebas is showing that not everyone can play left-back.

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    Jeff Carlisle: A. Papadopoulos is motioning to come off, so it looks now like Kyriakos Papadopoulos will come on. He's warming up as we speak.

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    James Tyler: I beg to differ, GeeRam.

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    [Comment from GeeRam]
    Little harsh on Konchesky there...not a bad defender

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jeff. Lad isn't with it at all. Injury for the Greeks forced a break there, with one Papadopoulos the Younger about to replace Papadopoulos the Elder.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Avraam Papadopoulos down injured. We might see his namesake after all.

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    Roger Bennett: Fabulous goal by Poland. Pace, power and movement tore apart Greek defense. Much more of this kind of play from the right flank and English tabloids will be sharpening their "marauding Cossack" analogies

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    Jeff Carlisle: That would be Holebas, who only got his Greek citizenship late last year. Santos might want to revoke it now.

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    James Tyler: The Greek left-back might be Paul Konchesky in disguise. Still trying to verify. Been absolutely non-existent and Smuda's boys are taking advantage.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Chalkias looked caught in no-man's land on that one, but great finish by Lewandowski.

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    [Comment from Jon]
    What a cross

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    LEWANDOWSKI!

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    [Comment from yaw]
    Goallllllllllllllll

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    James Tyler: Beautiful header by Lewandowski. Directed it under the keeper, who had come off his line.

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    James Tyler: Another move down the right and this time, the cross is inch-perfect for Lewandowski and he thumps a header past Chalkias! Superb cross by Kuba.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Manchester United 1 Greece 0

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    James Tyler: GOAL POLAND!!! HEAR THE ROAR!!!

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    James Tyler: Seriously, think we can put the Greek defense cliche to rest. Torn apart several times down the right flank. Not nearly as brittle as they need to be.

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    James Tyler: Another half-chance as Lewandowski pirouettes into a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, but snatched at it and put it well wide.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Obraniak has been very impressive so far, lots of good movement and getting into dangerous spots.

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    [Comment from yaw]
    oh my! what a good move

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    Jeff Carlisle: Obraniak is down momentarily. Looks okay now though.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! The Greek left-back might wish to actually get on the pitch. Another slick passing move springs Piszczek free down the right but his cross for Lewandowski was massively overhit and misses the big striker, who had the goal at his mercy. A lighter touch and Poland would be 1-0 up. But man, acres of room on that right side.

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    Roger Bennett: Both coaches appear to employ similar nuanced techniques to bring best out of teams: Banging one fist against another and exhorting players to Get Stuck In

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! Blaszczykowski blaszczs one over the bar from the right side of the box following a slick run by Obraniak to get behind the full-back. Could have taken a touch and done better.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That's Greece for you. Soak up pressure, then kill you on a set piece. Almost happened there.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR GREECE! Free-kick for Greece inside the Polish half. Karagounis booms it into the box and Gekas flicks it goalward but wide of goal. Szczesny lost his footing and would have missed that had it been on target.

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    James Tyler: Ten minutes in and the Greeks have settled, weathering an early bout of pressure. Still, Poland heavily favored according to our poll.

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    James Tyler: A bombastic run up the middle by Polanski but his pass forward was poor. Still, Poland throw-in on the right side.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Lots of fouls so far, which Greece won't mind at all.

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    James Tyler: Bit controversial, scavendish. Though not entirely incorrect.

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    [Comment from scavendish]
    4-3-3 is really just a flattering way to say 7-3-0 for the Greeks, isn't it?

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    Roger Bennett: When Samaras played for Manchester City, the fans nicknamed him Tragedy. As in Greek Tragedy

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    James Tyler: Whistle as Gekas strays offside as a long ball is hoofed in from the right wing.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    The reason why I ditched Madden and the NFL for FIFA and world football. The passion is unrivaled and contagious.

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    James Tyler: Lovely movement by Poland's front five. And their full-backs love to bomb forward in support.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Poland dominating the midfield so far. Murawski and Polanski are winning everything.

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    James Tyler: Nice wide-open game already, at least at the Greek end.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR POLAND! Polanski gets down the right wing and pulls it back for Lewandowski. He tees it up for Murawski whose shot it blocked, and then the follow-up shot from the edge of the box is palmed over by Chalkias. Good move by the home side.

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    James Tyler: Obraniak frees Rybus down the flank but his cross is blocked out for a throw-in. Ball's eventually hoisted into the box but Kostas Chalkias plucks it out of the air with Lewandowski nearby.

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    James Tyler: Roger, I'm upset there are no Zozulicas in the stands.

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    James Tyler: Free-kick for Greece on the left flank. Swung in and doesn't clear the first man. Ref then calls a foul as Theofanis Gekas uses an elbow under a high ball.

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    Roger Bennett: Anyone else miss the vuvuzelas?

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    James Tyler: Of course, that's Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @JamesTylerESPN I think they may be right. Cheers. Great tune.

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    James Tyler: Early foul called on Lewandowski as he tries to muscle past Sokratis. Crowd seemed to disagree.

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    James Tyler: Greece in 4-3-3, Poland in 4-2-3-1. #tactics

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    Roger Bennett: HAPPY EUROS!

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    [Comment from Will]
    It sounds like Sirius by the Alan Parsons Project

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    James Tyler: I will apologize in advance for any typos during the game.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Anyone know what this music playing is? Very big intro tune at European matches.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    For some reason, the choir went sleeveless for the Polish anthem.

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    Roger Bennett: Loew Bloew. You just wrote my "5 Young Stars To Watch" piece for me

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    James Tyler: Handshakes as the Greek side go down the line. We're minutes away, folks.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Got chills listening to the Polish national anthem. So loud. And I think every fan in here has a scarf.

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    Roger Bennett: Opening line of Polish anthem:
    "Poland has not yet died,
    So long as we still live"

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    [Comment from Loew Bloew]
    Rog, what kind of performance do you expect to see from some of our favorite tournament heroes? Post, bar, own goal, face clutch and set piece shots 40 yards over the goal?

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    James Tyler: I could see it, Danimal. Italy in spiritual chaos with another match-fixing scandal currently being investigated (though they do wonderfully with their backs against the wall). That said, Ireland is functional, well-drilled, and full of vim and vigor. Wouldn't be surprised.

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    [Comment from Danimal]
    Anyone giving Ireland a shot to advance from their group?

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    James Tyler: Poland1-Wojciech Szczesny; 20-Lukasz Piszczek, 13-Marcin Wasilewski, 15-Damien Perquis, 2-Sebastian Boenisch; 16-Jakub Blaszczykowski, 7-Eugen Polanski, 11-Rafal Murawski, 8-Maciej Rybus; 10-Ludovic Obraniak; 9-Robert Lewandowski

    Greece: 1-Kostas Chalkias; 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 8-Avraam Papadopoulos, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 20-Jose Holebas; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis; 18-Sotiris Ninis, 17-Fanis Gekas, 7-Giorgos Samaras

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

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    Roger Bennett: I promise you one thing. You won't be able to stop humming this Greek Anthem after this

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    James Tyler: Your XIs one more time as the anthems ring out. Look at those Greek players. Focused. Stone-faced. Ready for battle. Fernando Santos can't help but wipe a tear as his side sings.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    A rather formally dressed choir is on the pitch to greet the teams. 'Polska' regaled as they arrive. #euro2012 is upon us. The wait is over.

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    James Tyler: Those looking for online coverage: ESPN3.com will have video, ESPNRadio.com will have live audio feeds. Those links will provide live coverage all tournament long, too. So bookmark and use as needed.

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    James Tyler: Roger, it shouldn't bring us pain to support our homeland, disheveled and over-dramatic as the Three Lions may be...

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    James Tyler: Yes, Marvin Martin had a superb season despite fighting relegation with Sochaux.

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    Jeff Carlisle: As for Poland, no surprises in its lineup. I think Obraniak will really need to step up today, as will the two holding mids, Polanski and Murawski. Sometimes Poland lacks the ability to link defense to attack.

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    Roger Bennett: James. England (pains me to type it)

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Watch for Valbuena & Martin off the bench for France. Both can be real difference makers.

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    James Tyler: Poland in white with red stripe; Greece in blue for this one. Teams about to exit the tunnel....

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    Jeff Carlisle: Torossidis was an injury doubt, but is in the lineup. That means no room for K. Papadopoulos. Also Ninis gets the start ahead of Salpingidis. Ninis is a young, just 22, and gives Greece more flair in attack.

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    James Tyler: So many, Travis. My picks: Piszczek, Jordi Alba (Spain), M'Vila, Lewandowski (even more so than with BvB), Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine). Maybe England's Oxlade-Chamberlain can impress off the bench.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The Poles are in the tunnel. This is the time, this is the hour, this is....this. #euro2012

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Any players that can have a breakout performance at this tournament?

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    James Tyler: So, who's missing out from Group D then: England or France?

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    [Comment from ViX]
    Any news about the squads for the match?

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    Roger Bennett: Stockholm Sam. I expect Sweden to be robust and organized. To qualify. and to achieve their traditional roll over and exit in the quarter final

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    Jeff Carlisle: I agree Sam. Moving Ibra back into a No. 10 role seems to have really helped Sweden's attack. We'll see how it works in a competitive game.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Are we done? I think we might be. That was short and sweet. Eurovision should take note.

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    James Tyler: Finally, the dance concludes with Euro 2012 spelled out by the dancers. Crowd looks well and truly up for this.

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    [Comment from Stockholm Sam]
    How far will Sweden get this year? I think they will get past the group stage.

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    James Tyler: Good goalies are a fine intangible, Joshm. Can push an average team far in cup competitions. Worth noting, though so many great GKs at the Euros: Neuer, Casillas, Buffon, Hart, Szczesny, Stekelenburg, Cech, Lloris...

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    Jeff Carlisle: Szczesny will need to control his box Joshm. Greece's prowess on set pieces is responsible for a large number of their goals.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    This game set to be a etymologists delight. The hard consonants favored by the Poles matched up against the Greek over-reliance on vowels

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Crowd participation now, as the fans all get to wave coloured placards.

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    [Comment from Joshm]
    Will Szczesny be a deciding factor in this game. Greece doesn't seem to have a lot of fire power but what ever they do have, the talented young Gunner should be able to put it out rather easily

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    Roger Bennett: I always admire a man brave enough to sport a Tuxedo-jacket t-shirt.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Some inflatable dinghies are doubling as the stadia of Euro 2012.

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    James Tyler: Good point, Jeff. He's generally flung wide for Lille but even better to see him in the middle.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Make that *midfield* three for Poland.

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    James Tyler: Anything's possible, George, though that might not be. I did pick Poland to push to the semis in one bracket though. Never discount home turf and its power.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I actually think Obraniak will be in the middle of the front three. He'll be the main creator in the middle of the park for Poland.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    There are some very spacey graphics careering round the pitch, Yo DJ, spin that wheel of Europop.

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    [Comment from George]
    Any chance a host nation makes a run to the finals?

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    James Tyler: This opening ceremony is quite a thing to behold. Classical piano, European techno, and some rather bizarre eggs scuttling in formation around the pitch.

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    James Tyler: I dare say he does, Gudg.

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    [Comment from Gudg]
    Fair enough. Think Bendtner knows who Ashravin is now?

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    James Tyler: Tons of Bundesliga-forged talent for Poland. Boenisch, the Dortmund trio. I also like Obraniak on the flank. Been great in Ligue 1 the last two seasons.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I have the lineups. Here they are:

    Poland: Szczesny; Boenisch, Perquis, Wasilewski, Piszczek; Polanski, Murawski; Rybus, Obraniak, Blaszczykowski; Lewandowski

    Greece: Chalkias; Holebas, A. Papadopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Torossidis; Karagounis, Katsouranis, Maniatis; Samaras, Gekas, Ninis

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    James Tyler: @Gudg -- FIFA rankings carry about as much weight as anything Sir Alex says in a press conference. Don't expect Bendtner to lift the Danes past three faster, better teams.

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    [Comment from Gudg]
    Any chance the Danes progress through the group of death? They had a quite impressive qualifying and are ranked ahead of Portugal currently.

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    James Tyler: Ha, good point Roger. Everything is lined up perfectly against them. Which surely means they will be great to watch.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Tough to say, but when Wenger wants a Frenchman on his team, he usually gets it. Well, unless his name is Nasri.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    As ever, the opening ceremony would seem to owe much to the films of Busby Berkeley. Polish folk music played at a furious pace blares out.

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    James Tyler: Just waiting on starting lineups, folks.

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    Roger Bennett: Another fun underdog James Tyler? England

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The fairycakes are in formation, And they're off...

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    [Comment from GoneSailing]
    Jeff, what are the chances M'vila goes to Arsenal this summer?

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    James Tyler: @JB: Personally, I'd shout for Croatia as an fun underdog. Modric pulling the strings, Jelavic up top. Portugal's not bad either, though I can't possibly root for Nani.

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    Roger Bennett: Travis. Dark horse will be France if Blanc can work out how to mesh that talented squad of individuals into a cohesive team. especially in the midfield

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'd say France would take that one, especially if M'Vila recovers, but there's a long way to go.

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    [Comment from JB]
    James, relatively new fan to soccer but love to watch international soccer, are there any underdogs to root for POrtugal perhaps?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    This music sounds like Nine Inch Nails. And here come some ladies dressed a fairy cakes.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Say France wins Group D and Italy goes #2 in C. What are your predictions for a France-Italy quarterfinal?

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    James Tyler: For me, Travis; the French. Just don't know if they will coalesce or collapse. But it'll be fun to watch. Getting England out the way first in Group D should wake them up nicely.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The ceremony is about to begin..here comes the Europop.....

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    Jeff Carlisle: As I mentioned in my piece, I'll be surprised if Klopp agrees to sell the heart of his team all at once.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Which team do you consider as a dark horse in this tournament?

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    James Tyler: ESPN3.com should see you right, Sarah.

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    [Comment from Sarah]
    Can we watch the game online for free?! I'm at work!

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Predictions for the opening game? Poland to win. Siphiwe Tshabalala will score the only goal

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    James Tyler: @B-Ry: Germany and the Netherlands. Bendtner will combust under his own ego and Cron can't make it happen alone.

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    [Comment from B-Ry]
    Given that Group B has been claimed as the "Group of Death", who do you see coming of it #1 & #2 ?

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    Roger Bennett: My Prediction: Making a double bet: Poland will win. Siphiwe Tshabalala will score the only goal

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    If Smuda is correct that's a shame that Dortmund is being gutted so soon already...Though I think the incoming Reus>Kagawa

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    Jeff Carlisle: High. Very high, Jim, but I still think that Lewandowski will nick one late.

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    James Tyler: Worth noting that the "Boring Greece" comments might be old hat: under new-ish coach Fernando Santos, they've lost just once in 21 games.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    What's the likelihood of a 0-0 draw in the opening match?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Not surprisingly, the vast majority of fans are sporting red and white, save for a small swath of blue and white in one of the lower corners.

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    James Tyler: @RR: I'm running with the Poles. Home crowd, eager to impress, tons of good young Dortmund players (Kuba, Lewandowski, Piszczek). But Greece has the mettle for big occasions.

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    [Comment from RR]
    So who's the favorite for Poland vs Greece game and why?

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    [Comment from B-Ry]
    Good morning everyone. Go Greece in the first matchup of the Euro'12. I expect it to be a ceremonious match

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'll plead guilty on that one, but yes, let's wait and see.

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    James Tyler: Think so, Chris? Let's wait and see.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    After all the hype about Kyriakos Papadopoulos, it will be so ironic when he doesn't play a single minute in this tournament.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The retractable roof is closed, but it is very warm and humid inside. We'll see what if any effect that has on the players as the match progresses.

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    James Tyler: Morning, Rog!

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    James Tyler: Andrew: Jeff reported in his blog this morning that the Polish coach himself, Mr. Smuda, thinks it is happening.
    http://espnfc.com/en/blogs/euro2012/107/smuda-says-lewandowski-is-going-to-united

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    Roger Bennett: Happy Euros Everyone. Greece have played Poland 15 times before. But can you remember a day you were more excited to see those two teams face off?

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Where is Bob Ley getting his info on Lewa? Or was he told just to say ManU ASAP

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    James Tyler: Morning, Travis! And morning/afternoon to our man in Warsaw, Mr. Carlisle!

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    [Comment from Pen-Island]
    Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeecccccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Hey guys!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings everyone! I am high, high, high above the field at the National Stadium here in Warsaw. Literally. I am in the LAST row of the media tribune in the upper deck. Bob Uecker would be proud. But yes, at least I am in the building.

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    James Tyler: @Marcin: all games will be on ESPN3.com as well as ESPNRadio.com

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    [Comment from Marcin]
    Where can I watch the game online???!?!?!?! IM AT WORK!!

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    James Tyler: I know, Josh. We'll get there. In the meantime, use a paper bag and practice breathing exercises. Things will be ok.

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    James Tyler: Plenty of people should be in chat today: We'll have new ESPN.com columnist Roger Bennett, Jeffrey Carlisle reporting live from Poland, and our stats team also. Will integrate plenty of Twitter feeds into our coverage also. Thanks all for joining!

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    [Comment from JOsh]
    America is freaking out on Twitter!! NO NFL LIVE!?!?!?!

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    James Tyler: So much going on this morning: final preview content, our writers getting settled in Poland and the Ukraine, plus the fun of the opening ceremonies...

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    James Tyler: We are live.... Welcome to ESPN's full coverage of Euro 2012!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Poland

  • 13(4)

  • 24

  • 22

  • 53%

    47%

  • Greece

  • 8(3)

  • 17

  • 16

Match Stats

  • Poland
  • Greece
13(4) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
22 Fouls 16
4 Corner kicks 4
0 Offsides 3
53% Time of Possession 47%
0 Yellow Cards 2
1 Red Cards 1
0 Saves 2