Tyton and Advocaat out of Euro 2012
Czech Republic and Greece
Poland needed a win in Wroclaw on Saturday to avoid being eliminated from the tournament. The hosts dominated the first half and created many chances, while goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who was preferred to Wojciech Szczęsny, was only called into action twice. But after the break Tyton was the busier goalkeeper and Jiráček broke the deadlock for the Czech Republic after 72 minutes. Poland desparately went in search of a late equaliser but the Czechs held out for a win. And thus PSV goalkeeper Tyton made an early dismissal from Euro 2012. But few would have predicted that Dick Advocaat’s Russia would also crash out of Euro 2012. Russia were on top of Group A after two matches. Thery looked to seal a place in the quarter finals, when they took on Greece, who were generally regarded as one of the weaker teams in the tournament. However, Karagounis scored a goal with the final touch of the first half, knocking Russia out of the tournament. The Czech Republic and Greece are the first two countries that have reached the final eight.
The group B matches are scheduled to take place on Sunday night, with all four countries competing for a final-quarter place. Even the Netherlands, who have no points from two matches, have a chance to progress from Group B. To do so, they need to beat Portugal with a two-goal margin and they need Germany to beat Denmark by at least one goal in their final Group B match on Sunday, kicking off at 20.45. The Oranje face Portugal in Kharkiv, while Germany meet Denmark in Lviv.
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