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The Arsenal goalkeeper was happy to avoid defeat in the opening game of Euro 2012 and is hoping the support of the home crowd can help to push the Poles into the knockout stages

Poland and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny remained upbeat about his side’s chances of qualifying from Group A despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Greece in their opening group game of Euro 2012.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for the Poles but Dimitris Salpingidis equalised in the second half before Szczesny’s afternoon was made worse as he was given his marching orders by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo‎ in the 69th minute for a trip on the Greek goalscorer.

Substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved Giorgis Karagounis’ spot kick to earn the Poles a point and Szczesny admitted that it was crucial they avoided defeat in their opening game.

"We didn’t lose the game which is the most important thing and we gave ourselves a chance to go on and qualify," Sczcesny told reporters.

The co-hosts now face Russia, who strolled to a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic in their opening game, and the Arsenal stopper insisted that Poland would not prepare for the game any differently despite the result against Greece.

"It [the Russia game] is the same as any other game, when you play in the European Championships every single game is important and you do your best to win it," Szczesny maintained.

The Gunners keeper will miss the second Group A clash in Warszawa, but insisted he will do his utmostto move and regain his place for a potentially decisive clash with Czech Republc.

"It's hard to find positives after I was dismissed. I take it that way, that by playing one of the most important matches of my career and unable to finish it, I weakened the team and will not occur against Russia. I've missed a goal, but what can I Now do? It's hard, you have to live on."

"I wanted to put my leg on the ball; but I saw that I wouldn't reach, so I tried to go back. The foul was obvious, so I didn't argue with the referee, but I accepted his decision with understanding"

"I hope to play in the final battle group - the Czech Republic. This match is eight days away, and in every training session I will show that I deserve to go back to the goal. On Tuesday, I whole-heartedly wish good luck for Przemek Tyton," he added.

The 22-year old went on to pay tribute to the Polish supporters and called for them to keep backing the side in their two upcoming group fixtures.

"We realise how brilliant the fans are and they give us great support to go on and win the games," Szczesny explained.


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