FT: Poland 1 Greece 1

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So, what did you make of the game folks. Send me your views! I thought Dimitris Salpingidis changed the game after he came on. Do you agree? email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza

FULL TIME: An entertaining opening game of the European Championships. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a delicous header before Socratis Papastathopoulos was sent-off for two bookable offences. Dimitris Salpingidis equalised six minutes into the second half after a mistake by Wojciech Szczesny. Then the drama as the Greeks were awarded a penalty and the Arsenal stopper was sent-off, but his deputy Przemyslaw Tyton proved to be the hero, saving from Giorgos Karagounis.

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The referee blows the final whistle and it's honours even at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

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Damien Perquis is pressed into the back pass by the impressive Dimitris Salpingidis.

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Kostas Chalkias collects the ball and sends Greece on the attack.

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Three added minutes of stoppage time as Kostas Katsouranis shins the ball over his own crossbar. That was close to an own goal!

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The Greeks or Hellas as they like to be called are finishing the stronger and their fans are urging them forward.

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Ashish emails me to say: "Raz.. It's about dimitri who fires the hosts..2 red cards , some penalties, plenty of drama but guess Poland to win!!!" We shall see Ashish. I reckon tthe Greeks will be happy to settle for the draw now.

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Giorgos Karagounis decided to swing the ball into the box, but Poland clear their lines.

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Damien Perquis gives Georgios Samaras a nudge in the back and Greece are awarded the free-kick.

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Lewandowski attempts to break the Greek backline by driving his way past defenders, but referee blows his whistle for a free-kick to Greece.

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Lewandowski gets away down the right and he decides to have a pop at goal from the edge of the area, but he slices his right-foot shot into the side netting.

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Giorgos Karagounis wants to be the matchwinner and make up for his missed penalty, but he fires well over.

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Goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias gets down to make a comfortable save.

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Robert Lewandowski has hardly been in the game apart from the goal he scored. I might be eating my words shoudl he score the winner!

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Ludovic Obraniak's delivery from the right is a decent one, but there is nobody in the penalty box.

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WILD! Georgios Samaras collects the ball on the edge of the box, but his right-foot effort is well over the crossbar. Poor by the Celtic man!

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Poland are looking to counter-attack as Greece keep possession of the ball, which is worrying a few home supporters.

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Jarrid emails me all the way in Dominica (not Dominica Republic) in the Caribbean. "Despite the fact that we are in a class...We are following the commentary min after min! Viva Poland!!!" Thanks Jarrid. I hope you're enjoying it!

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Remember, Greece have lost just one of 21 games under Fernando Santos and were unbeaten during their qualifying campaign. They finished above Croatia, who are not a bad team are they! You can ask Steve McClaren.

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Both teams are down to 10-men and what a finish to the game we've got on our hands.

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The ball is in the back of the Polish net, but Dimitris Salpingidis is adjudged to be in an offide position from Kostas Fortounis' left-wing cross.

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What an incredible couple of minutes we've had in Warsaw!

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PENALTY SAVE! And amazingly Giorgos Karagounis' spot-kick is superbly saved by the substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who dives to his left to palm the ball away. What a hero!

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SUBSTITUTION: Goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton replaces Maciej Rybus for Poland.

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RED CARD: And Wojciech Szczesny is shown a red card by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.

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PENALTY GIVEN: Dimitris Salpingidis is brought crashing down by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

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SUBSTITUTION: Greeks make their final change as Kostas Fortounis replaces Theofanis Gekas.

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Eugen Polanski's ball into the box is headed over the crossbar by Maciej Rybus and it's a goalkick.

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56,070 is the official attendance inside the National Stadium this evening and some nervous looking faces in that crowd right now. Especially the fans with white and red face paint!

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Eugen Polanski's long-range strike is well blocked by Giorgos Karagounis.

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Kostas Katsouranis' delicous pass finds Georgios Samaras in space, but the Celtic striker takes a wild swing of the ball.

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If you offered a draw to the Greeks right now, I think they would bite your hand off.

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Maciej Rybus fells the lively Vassilis Torosidis for a free-kick to the Greeks.

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The Polish fans are certainly getting behind their side as they look to keep a bit of possession and create an opening.

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The goalscorer Dimitris Salpingidis brings down the full-back Sebastian Boenisch for a free-kick on halfway.

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I wonder how the Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be feeling after that error of judgement?

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Ludovic Obraniak's drives his shot wide of the post and it's a goalkick to the men in blue.

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Poland win a free-kick after Vassilis Torosidis brings down his man.

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Michael email me to say: "I have got Poland in the sweepstake at work!! They will come close to going all the way I reckon. Especially with the home support behind them." Well, you must be shocked as the rest of us after that equaliser!

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YELLOW CARD: Giorgos Karagounis has been booked by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo for a blatant handball.

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The Greek fans in the corner of the stadium are in a frenzy. They simply love spoiling the party don't they!

Complete shock at the National Stadium in Warsaw because the Greeks have struck back! Vassilis Torosidis' right-wing cross causes havoc with Wojciech Szczesny racing out of his goal attempting to collect the ball, but misjudges it totally, which allows the substitute to score from close-range.

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GOAL: Poland 1 Greece 1 (Dimitris Salpingidis 51).

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Spot on Leo, the Dortmund striker knows where the back of the net is and the Greek defenders have been struggling to keep him under wraps so far.

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Leo has Tweeted me: "Lewandowski will tear apart the Greek defence like the Bayern defence in the German cup. Poland to win 3-1."

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Robert Lewandowski picks up the ball with his left, before lifting his shot over the crossbar with his right foot.

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And just as I said in my commentary Sotiris Ninis was having a nightmare of a first half and head coach Fernando Santos was obviously watching my commentary, because he decided to make the change!

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SUBSTITUTION: Greece make another change at the start of the second half as Dimitris Salpingidis replaces Sotiris Ninis.

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Poland are now 1/12 to claim victory with @Skybet, who make Greece 33/1 and the draw 7/1. My pre-match prediction of 3-1, which was 16/1 is now 12/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.

HALF TIME: Co-hosts Poland are leading 1-0 against 10-man Greece at the break. The breakthough came after 17 minutes as Robert Lewandowski headed home Jakub Blaszczykowski's wonderful right-foot cross. Socratis Papastathopoulos was sent-off for two bookable offences in an entertaining opening 45 minutes.

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Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain is the main talking point of that half rather unfortunately.

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Moments before that the Greeks were calling for a spot-kick after the ball touched Damien Perquis' arm, while the player was on the floor.

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YELLOW CARD: Full-back Jose Holebas is booked for a foul on Lewandowski.

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RED CARD: Greece are down to 10 men! A very soft yellow to Socratis Papastathopoulos, which means a red for the defender. He pulled down Rafal Murawski, but both his bookings were harsh.

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Samaras shows a bit of desire to try and win the ball back. Sotiris Ninis is having a bad day at the office with his crossing.

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Once again, Sotiris Ninis' delivery is very poor. What must Georgios Samaras be thinking?

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Marcin Wasilewski does well to clear the ball for a corner to Greece.

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Chris emails me to say: "Greece to win 2-1 Sneaky last minute goal. Poland are the new England they been hyped up too much before the tournament!" They look the part so far Chris!

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Sotiris Ninis' first delivery is headed out and his second cross into the box is just as bad as the hosts break and win a corner of their own.

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The visiting fans get behind their side now as Greece win a corner kick.

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GREAT CHANCE! Poland should have doubled their lead as the ball falls kindly for Damien Perquis, but he somehow pulls his right-foot shot wide.

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SUBSTITUTION: Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces the injured Avraam Papadopoulos for Greece.

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YELLOW CARD: Socratis Papastathopoulos is booked for using his elbows in a challenge.

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The ball into the box is very poor and is something coach Fernando Santos will want to address at the break.

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Giorgos Karagounis goes over and Greece win a free-kick in a central area.

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Skipper Jakub Blaszczykowski is strong on the ball, but his attempted pass is picked off.

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Meanwhile, Will says: "Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski both have so much talent. It would be a shame not to see it. Im going with a 2-1 win to the 'White and Reds'."

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Peter emails in to say: "Hey Raz, Peter ex-pat Villa fan following in Chicago. I have Poland in the kitty so going for 1-1 at half time 3-2 Poland win in the end." Expecting a few goals are we Peter?

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Ninis' free-kick is cleared and Poland immediately look to counter-attack. The Greeks have enough men back though.

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Sebastian Boenisch brings down Sotiris Ninis for a Greek free-kick on the right edge of the box.

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Now, Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick is headed away and the visitors look to bring Georgios Samaras into the game.

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Vassilis Torosidis is getting a talking to by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo and the delivery is punched clear by Chalkias.

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Rafal Murawski is finding plenty of space in the middle of the park and Lewandowski is worrying Socratis Papastathopoulos. The striker does well to win a corner.

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Kostas Katsouranis picks up the ball, but his shot from 30-yards is well off the mark.

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Maybe this is a good sign for Poland, who are attacking the Greeks down the flanks.

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The last three host sides have all lost their opening games at Euros (Portugal in 2004, Switzerland and Austria in 2008).

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Remember, Greece have lost just one of 21 games under Fernando Santos and were unbeaten during their qualifying campaign.

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The Greeks are stunned but the co-hosts are in dreamland because they've made the perfect start. Warsaw is rocking!

Breakthrough for the hosts and it's their star striker with the opening goal of the 2012 European Championships. The Borussia Dortmund hitman heads home Jakub Blaszczykowski's delicious right-wing cross from close-range after goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias decides to come racing out into no man's land.

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GOAL: Poland 1 (Robert Lewandowski 17) Greece 0.

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Having watched the replay, I would say Piszczek over cooked his delivery. My apologies to Lewandowski, who was himself being pressed by Vassilis Torosidis.

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CHANCE! Lukasz Piszczek escapes down the right and his low ball into the box should have been converted by Lewandowski.

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David emails me to say: "I'm picking Poland 3-1. Greece just doesn't have it." That was my scoreline David!

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At the other end Jakub Blaszczykowski fires well over the crossbar from just inside the area.

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CLOSE! Greece come close to breaking the deadlock as Giorgos Karagounis' inswinging free-kick is flicked wide by Theofanis Gekas.

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The Greeks 4-3-3 formation is pretty solid so far and much of the possession has been nullified to the middle of the park.

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Eugen Polanski drives forward from midfield, but his pass out wide is to nobody inparticular.

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Greece's Portuguese manager Fernando Santos has obviously done his homework on the host nation.

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Greece have only won one of their nine group matches at European Championship finals, though that was in their opening game of Euro 2004 - the year they went on to win the tournament of course.

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Now the Greeks keep some possession and look to take the sting out the game early on. Good tactics!

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This has been a lively start from the hosts and everytime they get near the oppositions goal, the crowd noise reaches fever pitch.

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GOOD SAVE! Poland attack and Rafal Murawski comes close with a dipping effort from the edge of the area, but Kostas Chalkias tips the ball over the crossbar.

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Now the Greeks win a free-kick up the field, but the ball into the box is headed away by the lively Lewandowski, not once, but twice!

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Robert Lewandowski bundles Socratis Papastathopoulos off the ball and referee Carlos Velasco Carballo awards the visitors the free-kick.

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The 2004 European Champions have got the game underway at the National Stadium and they immediately get booed by the home faithful.

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Poland and Greece have not met in a competitive international for more than 25 years, the last such encounter being played in April 1987 when the Greeks won 1-0 in a European Championship qualifier in Athens.

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The sides have shaken hands and we're minutes away from kick-off. Keep those emails and Tweets coming in folks.

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The red and white scarves are flying high as we prepare for the national anthems.

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The teams are in the tunnel and ready to make their entrance. The atmosphere is simply electric in this stadium. Let's hope for a brilliant opening game!

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And we have our first email of the evening in and it has come from Rich, who says: "Lewandowski to score a last minute winner 1-0 Poland. Should kickstart a entertaining tournament."

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The opening ceremony is underway. Officials have decided to leave the roof closed at the National Stadium this evening.

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Greece's Portuguese manager Fernando Santos, meanwhile, chose a 4-3-3 formation, selecting goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias, a surprise inclusion in the squad, behind a defence that conceded just five goals in qualifying. Celtic's Giorgos Samaras is spearheading the attack.

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Poland manager Franciszek Smuda opted not to pull any surprises in his team. Smuda stuck to his tried and tested 4-5-1 formation, playing Robert Lewandowski as a lone striker. The Borussia Dortmund star will be backed on the wing by club team-mate and Poland captain Kuba Blaszczykowski, and in central midfield by Bordeaux's Ludovic Obraniak, who made a splash on his debut in 2009 by scoring both goals in a 2-0 friendly win over Greece.

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Now, let's have a look at the betting ahead of this game...

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POLAND: Szczesny, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Murawski, Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Rybus, Lewandowski.

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SUBSTITUTES: Sandomierski, Wojtkowiak, Kaminski, Dudka, Matuszczyk, Wawrzyniak, Sobiech, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Brozek, Tyton.

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GREECE: Chalkias, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Avraam Papadopoulos, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Ninis, Gekas, Samaras.

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SUBSTITUTES: Tzorvas, Tzavelas, Malezas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Salpingidis, Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Sifakis.

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REFEREE: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain).

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The teams are in...

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Kyriakos Papadopoulos was only 12 years old when Greece won the title in 2004."We've been studying Poland and we have respect for them, but there is nothing we fear," the Kaisersleutern midfielder said. "The pressure will be on Poland, who are playing in front of their fans." The 'Ethniki' beat Armenia 1-0 in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012, but that was the only win in their last five matches.

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For Greece, a perfect start would have historic resonance. Eight years ago, they beat host Portugal in the Euro 2004 opener and went on to win the tournament, defeating the Portuguese again in the final. Only two players remain from that winning squad captain Giorgos Karagounis and fellow midfielder Costas Katsouranis.

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"We are above all interested in a good result in our first match because it will put us on the right path and give us a lot of confidence," Poland midfielder Ludovic Obraniak said.

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The team doesn't have strength in depth, but Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has cobbled together a solid starting 11 that has put in quality performances in the past year, including draws with Germany, Mexico and Portugal. They've also won three straight matches without conceding a goal, which has provided a shot of confidence.

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Lewandowski, who scored 22 goals in 34 games for Dortmund this season and could emerge as one of the breakout stars of the tournament, will spearhead the Poland attack. He's also been linked with a move to Manchester United.

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Poland are led by a talented trio that play for German champion Borussia Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek.The host's chances of advancing out of the group, which also includes Russia and the Czech Republic, largely depend on how far those three players will lead them.

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Poland lost their opening match at the three last major tournaments they've played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2008 and are anxious not to dig themselves an early hole and kill the buzz surrounding the team.

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Both Group A teams are fully aware of how important a good start will be in their quest to advance to the knockout stage.

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Poland hope to put on a good show this afternoon for the 55,000 fans expected to pack Warsaw's sparkling new National Stadium and the millions around the world when Poland open the tournament against Greece.

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Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary of this opening clash from Euro 2012 between Poland and Greece at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

Fixtures

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European Championships

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Czech Rep 3 -1 6
2 Greece 3 0 4
3 Russia 3 2 4
4 Poland 3 -1 2

Updated Wed, 20 Jun 2012

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