Greece 1 Czech Republic 2 – Flying start from Czechs seal points
Those tuning in late to Tuesday’s first Euro 2012 match will have missed an explosive start from the Czech Republic who effectively landed victory in the first six minutes of their Group A game against Greece.
June 12th, 2012
Just three minutes were on the clock when Petr Jiráček raced through to slot the ball past Konstantinos Chalkias, while Vaclav Pilar scored his second of the tournament moments later after good work down the right wing by Gebre Selassie.
The Greeks were completely stunned by this fast start and continued to be lacklustre for most of the first half, with the Czechs threatening to run away with the game thanks to Tomas Hübschman and Tomas Rosicky running the show in midfield.
However, the second half was a much more competitive affair and Greece were handed a lifeline after Petr Cech came to deal the ball and got mixed up with one of his team-mates to leave Theofanis Gekas with an easy chance to score.
The Greeks now had their tails up but they were unable to carve out any meaningful scoring chances, while their opponents were happy to protect a lead which ensures they have a strong chance of making the quarter final stage of Euro 2012.