Euro 2012

Greece hold hosts to draw

2012-06-08 20:11
Marcin Wasilewski (AP Photo)

Warsaw - Co-hosts Poland and Euro 2004 champions Greece fought out an incident-packed 1-1 draw here on Friday in the opening game of the Euro 2012 championship in which both sides finished with just 10 men.

A first-half goal by Robert Lewandowski gave the Poles the lead and shortly before half-time the Greeks were reduced to 10-men when Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent-off by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.

However, Dimitris Salpingidis - who had come on at the beginning of the second-half - levelled in the 51st minute.

The Poles looked to be facing defeat when their goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent-off for bringing down Salpingidis and conceded a penalty but his replacement in goal Pzremyslaw Tyton saved captain Giorgos Karagounis's penalty.

The other Group A match is between Russia and the Czech Republic and kicks-off later in Wroclaw, Poland.

Poland are co-hosting the tournament with Ukraine, who play Sweden in their opening match on Monday.

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