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Poland-Greece (1-1)
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
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Poland-Greece (1-1)

June 8

The opener may have ended in a 1-1 draw, but it remains one of the most thrilling matches of the tournament thus far. A 17th minute strike from the Robert Lewandowski gave the Poles an early 1-0 lead, and a 44th minute red card to Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos appeared to secure an early victory for the notoriously hard-luck Poles. But despite losing a man, the Greeks, led by substitute Dimitris Salpingidis, blitzed the Poles early in the second half. The reserve forward tied the game in the 51st minute and then earned a penalty kick twenty minutes later after Poland's star goalie Wojciech Sczcesny tackled him on a breakaway. Sczcesny was subsequently ejected, but veteran Giorgos Karagounis, the most capped player in Greek history, could not beat Polish reserve goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyto from the penalty spot to take the lead.

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