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European Championship

  • June 16, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 55614
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  • That's it from me this evening, and a team that has -1 goal difference tops the group. Thank you for your input this evening, and all again tomorrow for Group B.
  • Czech Republic beat Poland 1-0 in the other game, and Euro 2012 keeps on giving. Bilek's men beaten 4-1 in the first game, are through. They will play the runner-up in Group B (most probably Denmark, Portugal or Holland). Germany, most likely await Greece.
  • What an upset, and a barrage of boos in Warsaw. The Russians are out, and Greece, so lethargic in their first two games, are THROUGH to the quarter-finals.
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow Card Jose Holebas
  • 90' + 4'
    FULL-TIME: GREECE 1-0 RUSSIA - RUSSIA ARE OUT!!!!
  • 90' + 4'
    Greece clear their lines, and Jose Holebas gets a yellow card. ANother to miss the next game. DZAGOEV BLAZES OVER THE BAR! ALL OVER SURELY?
  • 90' + 4'
    FULL-TIME: Poland 0-1 Czech Republic, still a minute to play here in Warsaw. The tension is unbearable.
  • 90' + 4'
    Eight days in at Euro 2012, and we've seen everything, but now we can add our first major shock to the list. Almost.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • 90' + 3'
    POGREBNYAK! The shpt is saved, but it's another free-kick given the other way. Russia are furious, and the former Fulham striker has a yellow card.
  • 90' + 2'
    Dzagoev crosses the ball in again, slightly overhit and Berezutski pushes Katsouranis, and again a free-kick given the other way. Time being wasted. Precious surprise.
  • 90' + 1'
    A blocked shot from distance from Glushakov bounces all the way to Sifakis who is pushed. It's a free-kick to the Greeks. A defensive masterclass from Greece.
  • 90'
    Some were talking about how Russia could emulate the same team who reached the semis in 2008. It is not happening, BUT FOUR ADDED MINUTES. CAN THEY?
  • 90'
    DENISOV! They were queuing up at the far post, and it's headed straight into the arms of Sifakis, roar of delight from the Greek supporters.
  • 89'
    Zhirkov, into Shirokov, and then subsequently onto the feet of Dzagoev whose effort is blocked wide.
  • 88'
    Russia are being unbelievably patient, but how can they? Urgency is needed as they require a goal to qualify. Do the players even know this? Fernando Santos looks so weary on the touchline. Minutes away from an achievement ranking high in his career.
  • 87'
    Russia expert Max de Haldevang on Twitter: #Dzagoev looking close to tears but he's been missing for much of today.
  • 86'
    A comical moment for Katsouranis who feigns injury, goes off on a stretcher to waste some time. He comes off, and races back ready to come on. Cue boos in Warsaw.
  • 85'
    AS IT STANDS! Czech Rep lead with six points, Greece second with four, on head-to-head. Russia out with four points, and Poland on two.
  • 84'
    DZAGOEV! OHH HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! MILLIMETRES WIDE! Dzagoev looks at the camera in sheer disbelief as the ball zips a ball's width away from the goal. Some fans had already been celebrating!
  • 83'
    Substitution Dimitris Salpingidis Sotiris Ninis
  • 83'
    While Mike sings the praises of Samaras, he slips on the ball and hands possession back to the Russians, who break at will.
  • 83'
    Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "Karagounis is the scorer, but Samaras is definitely Greece's MVP so far. He is just one man but he has been everywhere. The Celtic forward has been tremendous defensively and in counterattacks the only way to get the ball off him has been to foul him.
  • 82'
    And his first piece of action is to drive into the area and buy a corner off Maniatis. The ball falls to Roman Pavlyuchenko who skies way, way over the bar.
  • 81'
    Substitution Alexander Anyukov Marat Nailevich Izmailov
  • 81'
    It's Anyukov who is replaced by Marat Izmailov. Last throw of the dice for Russia.
  • 80'
    TOROSIDIS! OH HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! Unbelievable. So close, with a low cross from the wing, and it is narrowly sliced away by the goalkeeper Malafeev. Russia readying a final substitution.
  • 79'
    Lack of urgency from the Russians, as Zhirkov lofts a ball towards Pavlyuchenko, and it's cut out. Their football may not be pretty, but it is effective.
  • 77'
    Just eight days ago, Russia beat the Czech Republic who are about to top this group, 4-1 in Wroclaw, and as it stands, they are third and about to be eliminated. Football, just football.
  • 77'
    Entering the final phase in this game, so why not rate this match? Use the star rating under the scoreboard on the Goal.com MatchCentre, and add your own comment. Look forward to reading some of those!
  • 76'
    Russia need a goal, and Advocaat is going ballistic in his touchline as Anyukov strikes a ball into the body of Kyriakos. Remember, everyone tipped Russia to qualify from this group with ease.
  • 75'
    Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "Unbelievable. Another huge refereeing mistake against Greece in this Euros. And as Giorgos Karagounis, who should have been awarded the penalty, said after the match against Czech Repubic, mistakes in tournaments are very hard to be corrected with so few games. Thus the referees should be twice as careful with their calls."
  • 74'
    DENISOV! From the corner, he unleashes a wild shot which is saved well by Sifakis. Russia looking desperate. THEY NEED A GOAL!.
  • 73'
    Denis Glushakov has been replaced for Pavel Pogrebnyak. Dzagoev was booked earlier, and he will miss the quarter-final.
  • 72'
    Substitution Denis Glushakov Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • 71'
    GOAL! Czech Republic 1-0 Poland - it's Jiracek who has scored, and the Czech Republic would top the group, but Russia are going out! Russia need another goal?
  • 71'
    TZAVELLAS! IT'S OFF THE CROSSBAR! My word, what drama! Superb from the defender, who fires it across the woodwork. A massive goal in Group A nonetheless.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Alan Dzagoev
  • 70'
    Greece counter-attack at the other end, and Zhirkov brings down Salpingidis. Yellow card, and the referee tells the Greek striker to shut it, after sustained protests.
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Yuri Zhirkov
  • 69'
    That corner reaches the foot of Aleksandr Anyukov who tees it up for himself, and it goes about 3 or 4 metres wide.
  • 68'
    Arshavin delivers well, and it's headed away by Samaras, despite Sifakis coming to collect it. Nevertheless, another corner.
  • 67'
    Substitution Georgios Karagounis Grigoris Makos
  • 67'
    Arshavin floats a shot towards Sifakis, and it's a brilliant block, as always with the Greeks. Corner to Russia.
  • 66'
    It's Karagounis who is coming off, and it's what he wanted. He points at the referee as if to say, I need to go and calm down or I will do something stupid, and to avoid another booking, he is whisked off. It's Makos who is on.
  • 65'
    Still 0-0 in Poland v Czech Republic in Wroclaw, and an interesting substitution here....
  • 64'
    Substitution Theofanis Gekas Jose Holebas
  • 64'
    Theofanis Gekas is substituted for Jose Holebas. Karagounis is still playing with a murderous look on his face. He will miss a potential quarter-final against Germany or Portugal or Denmark as it stands.
  • 63'
    Samaras goes in with a lunge on Aleksandr Anyukov, and there is some activity on the Greek bench. Substitution imminent.
  • 62'
    What a poor move from referee Jonas Eriksson, and that could be a decision which could change the landscape of the entire group.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Alexander Anyukov
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Georgios Karagounis
  • 61'
    KARAGOUNIS GOES DOWN! NO PENALTY! Outrageous move from the referee who books him for diving. He will miss the next game too. Unbelievable. And how will this affect Greece? Karagounis is going ballistic!
  • 60'
    SALPINGIDIS! Oh my, that was also pretty close. A corner form Karagounis is met by the striker who heads wide. End-to-end stuff in the National Stadium in Warsaw.
  • 59'
    TOROSIDIS! WHAT A BLOCK FROM ANYUKOV! It really should've been 2-0 Russia. Torosidis nutmegs Zhirkov who gives up. The low ball in is deflected off for a corner.
  • 58'
    Russia are finding it very difficult to get past the defence. Denisov threads a ball towards Dzagoev, and it's cut out by Kyriakos. Brilliant.
  • 57'
    DENISOV! Oh my, what a strike. Very close, but just wide. The Zenit midfielder goes for it from distance, and it wasn't all that far away from beating Michalis Sifakis.
  • 56'
    Samaras fouled by Anyukov, but the referee inexplicably gives the free-kick the other way.
  • 55'
    Pavlyuchenko drives through the defence, there are four Greek shirts around him, but with an opening on the left in Arshavin, the striker fails to notice him, leaving the captain throw his arms in anger.
  • 55'
    @aaytee on Twitter: its highly impossible for russia to get eliminated looking at the permutations here...greece needs more goals which wont happen
  • 54'
    Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "If you see Otto Rehhagel instead of Fernando Santos on the Greek bench, don't be surprised. The Galanolefki's approach will definitely be more conservative in the second half. Only in counterattacks they will try to take advantage of the space that the Russians will leave at the back."
  • 53'
    Greece are rightly regarded as a defensive team, and you can see why. They are largely keeping the Russians at arms length with a series of assured tackles.
  • 52'
    DZAGOEV! Over the bar. A good move from the Russians ends with Dzagoev firing the ball over from a very acute angle.
  • 51'
    SAMARAS! Poor shot in the circumstances. A really poor shot. Play was opened up wonderfully in favour of the Ethniki, and Samaras decides to go it alone, striking wide.
  • 50'
    Anyukov goes in studs up on Samaras, who requires some treatment before getting straight back up as play continues.
  • 49'
    Samaras does well to retrieve the ball after a fine attacking move. Karagounis has the option to shoot, but opts to hold the play up a bit more before being forced to pass back to Samaras.
  • 48'
    Salpingidis goes down, but referee continues play. Dzagoev passes to Pavlyuchenko, who in turn spreads play towards Arshavin before the move breaks down.
  • 47'
    Dick Advocaat appears to be writing down some notes, and some activity on the bench, but from the Greek half. On the pitch, the Ethniki are still holding onto the ball.
  • 46'
    Substitution Aleksandr Kerzhakov Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 46'
    UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Russia substitutions, Aleksandr Kerzhakov is coming off for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • Poland 0-0 Czech Republic has kicked off again in Wroclaw. In Warsaw, we are getting ready for a substitution.
  • Awaiting the players to come out for the second half in Warsaw. The next 45 minutes are going to be HUGE.
  • What a move. What a goal. The whole half, they were defending their own goal, and just before half-time, they have the breakthrough. Shades of 2004, if you ask me.
  • What a moment for Greece's Giorgios Karagounis. He, tonight, becomes Greece's joint-top record caps holder. With a goal too! If that goal sends the Ethniki through, then you can expect a big party in Athens tonight.
  • Having a look at the Goal.com MatchCentre, Russia had 67.1% possession in that half, and still trail at the break. Unbelievable moments in this match. In the other game in Wroclaw, it's Poland 0-0 Czech Republic
  • Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "There was no better time for Greece for Karagounis' goal to come. Santos' cautious strategy has paid dividends as Greece have avoided the easy goals conceded to Poland and Czech Republic and scored their one-goal-per-match average..."
  • Coach Fernando Santos was watching with a forlorn expression just before that goal, and he's celebrating wildly on the touch-line. Dzagoev and Arshavin pretty poor this half.
  • HALF-TIME: Greece 1-0 Russia - Katsouranis 45 2'
  • 45' + 2'
    Goal Georgios Karagounis
    GOOAAL! UNBELIEVABLE! GIORGIOS KARAGOUNIS! With a fine strike. 45 minutes of soaking up the pressure, and against the run of play. Katsouranis races down the flank, and it's under Malafeev.
  • 45' + 2'
    Greece coach Fernando Santos looks rather bored on the touchline there, but to be fair, it is his tactics.
  • 45' + 1'
    Corner taken short by Arshavin, into Glushakov. Blocked by a defender, and it goes out for a corner again. That one meanwhile, is wasted by Shirokov.
  • 45'
    Two minutes added to the end of the first half here at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
  • 44'
    SHIROKOV! Fine block by the defender, and then subsequently from Dzagoev on the wing, and a smart stop from Tzavellas, who chests it away. Greece holding their own at the minute.
  • 43'
    Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "In his offensive game Samaras should be faster. However, in his defensive play, he is doing a great work, doubling down perfectly on the left with Maniatis and Tzavelas."
  • 43'
    Russia expert Max de Haldevang: "Arshavin, particularly, is looking half the man he's been in the last couple of games. He's just been standing in the middle of the pitch, looking bored. I'm sure he'll pull something out of the bag now I've said that, though."
  • 42'
    Karagounis fouled after a comical slip from Ignashevich. The Russian Premier League meanwhile, hasn't had a break for 18 months, with some players averaging 65 games this season, a stark contrast to that of Greece. Are Fernando Santos' men biding their time?!
  • 41'
    Greece counter for the first time in minutes, and Samaras floats a cross to the other side in towards Salpingidis. Headed away by Ignashevich.
  • 41'
    ZHIRKOV! Woah, brilliant shot and narrowly over. The Anzhi man takes the corner, and retrieves the ball after a few passes, and zips an effort just over.
  • 40'
    GLUSHAKOV! Blocked shot, but a great strike nonetheless. Referee initially signals a goal-kick, but it's a corner.
  • 39'
    Katsouranis fouls Shirokov, and it's a free-kick to the Russians. All the play so far situateed on the Russian side of the field. Free-kick taken by Denisov.
  • 38'
    Dzagoev meanwhile protests to the referee that he was being held back. Advocaat waves furiously on the bench.
  • 37'
    Another opportunity from Dick Advocaat's men, who are unable to break the deadlock. Greece are doing pretty decently in keeping Russia at arms length. It's Kerzhakov whose mis-kicked it.
  • 36'
    Ignashevich attempts unsuccessfully, before Kerzhakov fires a shot, which is blocked by Kyriakos. Russia warming up...
  • 35'
    Dzagoev threads the ball neatly towards Shirokov who goes down from a challenge by Sokratis. Referee Jonas Eriksson waves play on.
  • 34'
    Russia struggling with adapting to Greece's insistence to slow down the tempo. Igor Denisov fouls Samaras. Meanwhile on Goal.com's MatchCentre chat box: Goon_Boy says: This is all set up for a last minute greece winner to knock out Russia.
  • 33'
    Bit of thunder and heavy rain falling in Wroclaw for Poland v Czech Republic. Here in Warsaw, dark clouds are forming. I can safely rule out a repeat of yesterday's lightning-fest in Donetsk.
  • 32'
    Russia expert Max de Haldevang: "Russia keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev, who has been pretty much faultless this tournament, has made another very assured start to this game with a couple of good saves and confident interventions in crosses."
  • 31'
    Greece expert Michael Paterakis: "Way too many mistakes by the Greek defense in the first 20 minutes, just like against Poland and Czech Republic. The Russians, though, haven't managed to capitalize any. Arshavin and Kerzhakov pile up the pressure for Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Papastathopoulos, who appear not be able to communicate as expected at the centre of the back line."
  • 30'
    Half an hour in, and it's a bit of a flat match. Worry not. Some more predictions. Gill Clark and Tom McKeown are going for 3-1 Russia, whilst LIVE! blogger George Ankers is going for a 4-0 Russian victory.
  • 30'
    KERZHAKOV! Super tackle from Kyriakos. Really good tackle, as Greece are made to breathe a sigh of relief again. Fine ball from Arshavin on the wing in towards the middle, and the Schalke defender does brilliantly to get that away.
  • 29'
    Salpingidis tries to create an opening, but pushes Zhirkov unnecessarily too. Free-kick.
  • 28'
    Berezutski reprimanded for a foul on Gekas there. Referee Jonas Eriksson gives the free-kick. Did you know he's a millionaire? No, I didn't either.
  • 26'
    Anyukov attempts to through ball Glushakov on the wing, but it's an unnecessary over-hit ball. Goal-kick, and a few disgruntled faces.
  • 25'
    Shirokov with a great powerful shot, met by the body of Torosidis. Corner to Russia. Headed away by the defence, accordingly.
  • 24'
    Dick Advocaat cutting a frustrated figure on the touchline, but nowhere near as animated as Greece's Fernando Santos. Meanwhile, Greece have completed and won 100% of their tackles.
  • 23'
    Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: "The Russian team are getting better and the fans can feel it - their supporters dominate in the stands. Greek coach Santos feels that his side are slipping. He's gone to the touchline to give some advice."
  • 22'
    Dzagoev concedes a free-kick for a foul on Karagounis on the far side. Bit of a poor one from the CSKA Moscow man, who didn't really need to go in for the challenge. One booking away from suspension too.
  • 22'
    AS IT STANDS: Russia 0-0 Greece, Poland 0-0 Czech Rep. Russia and Czech Rep would go through. Greece need to win if they're to qualify.
  • 21'
    Maniatis is limping for Greece, yet another injury worry. They've lost two players in the last two games.
  • 20'
    ARSHAVIN! It's poor, and it's dragged wide after a poor ball from Glushakov, met by the defender's body.
  • 19'
    Ball given away by Katsouranis, and Dzagoev takes the gift accordingly. In acres of space, he goes for the shot from distance, and it's a pretty meek one. Easy ball for Sifakis.
  • 18'
    Greece race into their own counter-attack with Gekas left up all alone on the wing, blocked by the defender, and Greece have a throw-in.
  • 17'
    Arshavin takes the corner, and it's Samaras of all people who heads it away. Goal.com's MatchCentre reads Russia leading in possession 57% to Greece's 43%.
  • 17'
    ZHIRKOV! Last ditch tackle from Katsouranis. Lovely counter-attack from Arshavin who gets it to Zhirkov who in turn races down the flank. In towards Dzagoev, an open net, and Katsouranis comes from behind with the tackle. Superb!
  • 16'
    Greece gain the corner after Dzagoev fouls Karagounis moments earlier. Driven in by Karagounis, and punched away by Malafeev. Arshavin gets it clear towards Zhirkov...
  • 15'
    Bit of a dodgy move from Malafeev, probably one for the cameras. It's a lovely ball up from defence by Sokratis Papastathopoulous in towards Gekas who gets a leg onto it, but Malafeev races back near his line to claim it before rolling on the pitch.
  • 14'
    Goal.com's Russia expert Max de Haldevang: "Couple of good early touches in attack from Glushakov but he was out of position for that corner and lucky that Malafeev pulled out a good save."
  • 13'
    KERZHAKOV! What a strike, just bending away from its target. How close was that? He's had nine shots off target, two blocked, and this one is the closest of the lot! Narrowly wide.
  • 12'
    Tzavellas penalised for a foul on Arshavin, and Russia take the free-kick quickly, threading through Dzagoev who inexplicably fires it over. Poor shot from the tournament leading scorer.
  • 11'
    First chance of note for Russia that, they were pretty poor in the first 10 minutes against Poland before embarking on that first-half onslaught. The same could happen here.
  • 10'
    ARSHAVIN! Sifakis makes the save, and it was a really good one too. Dzagoev darts in from the wing, pin-pointing his captain, who dinks in a fine strike. Sifakis punches it away.
  • 9'
    Anyukov, looking rather concussed, is ready to return. Play resumes with a drop ball, and Samaras floats in a low cross from the left in towrads Gekas, but it sails out for a goal-kick. All Greece so far.
  • 8'
    Greece were already 2-0 down at this stage against the Czechs on Tuesday, would you believe? It's Gekas and Anyukov who have collided with each other, and the latter is needing some lengthy treatment.
  • 7'
    TOROSIDIS! Blocked by Roman Shirokov, and Greece are already threatening early on. Superb block from the midfielder. But hang on, play halted with an injury.
  • 6'
    KATSOURANIS! Fantastic save from Malafeev to deny the midfielder. It's a teasing corner from Karagounis, and Malafeev had to punch that away. Corner again.
  • 5'
    Erik Makhoul on Goal.com's MatchCentre chat predicts 3-0 to Russia in this game. You can get involved throughout using the chat on our right, and have a good look at our match statistics too!
  • 4'
    Arshavin, a lively figure in this tournament rather than what he's mustered for Arsenal, but he races through the entire Greek defence before being tackled by Papadapoulous.
  • 3'
    SALPINGIDIS! Oh, no he's offside. No matter. Great cross from Tzavelas on the left who dips in a threatening cross, and Salpingidis gets in behind to meet the header, bouncing over. Unlucky.
  • 2'
    Ignashevich threads the ball to Glushakov, who makes a total meal of the shot. Sifakis comes a long way to commit himself in retaining the ball. The Aris Salonika goalkeeper gains possession.
  • 1'
    Greece already looking to commence attacking the Russian goal, but a poor ball from Samaras leads to Russia gaining possession almost immediately.
  • 1'
    Tonight's referee Jonas Eriksson gets us underway in the capital. Greece in their white, Russia in their red, and it's Greece who get us started, attacking from right to left.
  • Anthems over. And we are about to get started in the National Stadium. This will be pretty interesting, make no mistake.
  • Goal.com's Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: Kornel Pracki in Warsaw: "It is getting loud here! The Russia fans are shouting: "Russia, Russia!". A Russian reporter told me few minutes ago that no-one is expecting a loss against Greece - they must win and qualify for the quarter-finals as group winners."
  • National anthems underway in Warsaw. A really fantastic atmosphere.
  • Max de Haldevang isn't called a Russian expert for nothing. He updates: "STAT If Russia win or draw today they will equal their unbeaten record of 17 games in a row"
  • @Ghuru101 on Twitter: Greece 1 V Russia 2, Poland 2 V Czech 1 - @tbay000 on Twitter: I think Greece can't make it here I fancy #poland to proceed - @meganoni10 on Twitter: Poland beats Czech Republic 2-0 and Russia shatter Greece's dream of qualifying by winning 2-1 #Euro2012
  • Russia expert Max de Haldevang reacts to the team news: "The only change that Advocaat has made to his side is a forced one, as Konstantin Zyryanov is out with a cold and high temperature. Lokomotiv Moscow captain Denis Glushakov is an exciting choice to come in for Zyryanov; he brings youth, freshness and more drive going forward than the 34-year-old and he scored 14 goals for Loko last season. He doesn't have quite as strong a passing game, though. "The rest of the line-up was quite predictable with question marks hanging only over Alexander Kerzhakov, who has missed an unbelievable amount in front of goal but has been effective in all other departments of play for the Sbornaya. Kerzhakov himself says that he couldn't care less whether he's scoring or not, as long as he's helping the team."
  • Goal.com's Greece expert Mike Paterakis: "In the opener the roof at the National Stadium was closed and the heat, combined with the humidity, was exhaustive for all the footballers and the fans. Now it is open - and much better that way."
  • TEAM NEWS: Denis Glushakov replaces the ill Zyryanov with Sifakis replacing Chalkias. Sokratis Papastathopoulous returns from suspension to partner Kyriakos Papadapoulous in defence. whilst Giorgios Katsouranis makes his 120th appearance for Greece, equalling the record set by 2004 winning captain Theodoros Zagorakis.
  • RUSSIA (4-3-3): Malafeev; Anyukov, Ignashevich, Berezutskiy, Zhirkov; Shirokov, Denisov, Glushakov; Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin.
  • GREECE (4-3-3): Sifakis; Torosidis, K. Papadopoulos, Sokratis, Tzavelas; Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis; Salpingidis, Gekas, Samaras.
  • CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
  • FOR GREECE TO QUALIFY: They have to win. HAVE TO. Their position depends on who wins the other game. If the Czech Republic or Poland win, they will definitely finish second. However, if Greece win and the other game ends in a draw. Positions will depend on the score of this game, Greece v Russia. If Greece wins by 1-2 goals, Russia will get top spot, and the Ethniki will settle for second. If Greece win by 3-5 goals, it'll be the reverse. BUT if Greece win by 6 , Russia will be eliminated and Czech Republic will take 2nd.
  • FOR RUSSIA TO QUALIFY: They just need to avoid defeat. They will definitely top the group if they win. No question about that. However, they can only be pipped to 1st place (if they avoid defeat), if Poland win and Greece-Russia ends in a draw. Poland must win by 4 goals. Bit of a headache, but nothing like what Greece must achieve.
  • Right, permutations time. Some of you may want to take notes.
  • Goal.com's Kornel Pracki is one of the early birds inside the arena, but gives us his update: It is quiet empty in the National stadium right now. The corners of both team are full of fans but the other stands are not really fulled. We have also some polish fans here who are singing ''Polska, Bialo-Czerwoni''.
  • Fernando Santos of Greece meanwhile, has revealed just how prepared his side are ahead of this herculean (excuse the pun) clash: "Here (in Poland) we gave to each player, four days before our matches, a dossier with all the general characteristics of each team and also the particular qualities of each player - their strengths and their weaknesses. And we have studied the matches played by Russia in the tournament so far." No excuses then.
  • Right, well a few manager quotes. First up Dick Advocaat, who has a few words of defence for misfiring striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov: "We simply have to get better. Kerzhakov is a player who is going to take his opportunities and he can score a goal out of nothing, even though he may not play that well. He can score goals and has done that his whole career."
  • Russia meanwhile, have largely played it safe at Euro 2012 so far. After a fantastic opening day, beating the Czech Republic 4-1, Dick Advocaat's men proceeded to celebrate Russia Day in front of a fervent crowd in the Polish capital....against, well er... Poland. With football hitting centre-stage finally, Alan Dzagoev's opener would be matched by the sweetest of strikes from Jakub Blaszczykowski to earn the co-hosts a fabulous 1-1 draw. All to play for, and Russia could still go out this evening. See later, again.
  • But, with the absolute craziness that has gone on in the football season to date, Greece could STILL qualify. More on that later. (What a story it woud be!)
  • Greece enter what could possibly be their final Euro 2012 encounter, and you know what? They haven't actually got going yet, with only one point against co-hosts Poland on their opening day, with Sokratis Papastathopoulous sent off in the first half. Against the Czech Republic, Fernando Santos' men capitulated, going down 2-0 to Michal Bilek's men in the first six minutes. The Greeks accepted a Petr Cech gift in the second half, but remain bottom of Group A. Things went from bad to worse with goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias injured midway.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you LIVE updates from the Group A clash, and as always, what has been a feature of our live text commentaries, you can always get involved by sending us your comments, predictions and opinions throughout the next two hours over on Twitter @goal_intl.
  • Matchday three people. And for one or both of these teams, it's the end of the road. Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE Euro 2012 commentary. Tonight, focus is on Group A and the National Stadium in Warsaw. It's Greece v Russia. It's massive. It's not to be missed.