- Title: POLAND: FOOTBALL/SOCCER: Polish fans not giving up hope in Euro 2012
- Date: 9th June 2012
- Summary: WARSAW, POLAND (JUNE 8, 2012) (REUTERS) POLISH FANS SINGING POLISH NATIONAL ANTHEM IN FAN ZONE FANS WATCHING FANS FANS REACTING TO GREEK GOAL FANS WATCHING POLISH FANS AT END OF MATCH HOLDING THEIR HEADS FAN ZONE VARIOUS OF FANS LEAVING FANS WITH POLAND SCARVES CHANTING "POLAND" FANS LEAVING (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH FAN, NAME UNKNOWN, SAYING: "In the begining Poland played really well, even though there were a few mistakes, but we think that we will rock against Russia." FAN WITH POLISH FLAG WALKING AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH FAN, NAME UNKNOWN, SAYING: "I think that against Russia it will be better. They played well in the first half but in the second half they just lost their energy. If they'd have made the most out of their advantage then the result would be completely different."
- Embargoed: 24th June 2012 13:00
- Location: Poland
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA54ZPOI7HJ7VXYBDW7CGPAIYT5
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- Story Text: Polish fans still confident as co-hosts draw 1-1 with Greece at first opening match of Euro 2012, and Greek fans says it couldn't have been predicted.
Polish fans are still confident of victory in the Euro 2012 after Greece fought back to draw 1-1 with the co-hosts Poland in the opening matchon Friday (June 08).
After an action-packed Group A clash with 10 men, fans who watched the match in Warsaw's public viewing areas said they thought their team were too complacent after the first goal, and that it would be better against Russia next week.
Robert Lewandowski headed Poland into the lead after 17 minutes as they dominated the first half with some positive attacking football and they looked set fair when Greece had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off for a second booking in the last minute of the first half following an innocuous challenge.
Greece, surprise European champions in 2004, played with much more vigour in the second half and equalised in the 51st minute through substitute Dimitris Salpingidis.
Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was then sent off for tripping Salpingidis 20 minutes from time, only for replacement keeper Przemyslaw Tyton to save Giorgos Karagounis's resulting penalty.
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