Euro 2012: Greece vs Czech Republic

The first game of the second round of games at the Euro 2012 Football Championships was between Greece and the Czech Republic. Greece managed a draw in their first game and the Czech Republic lost with big numbers to Russia. Both teams really needed a win and it was the Czechs who went straight for the Greek throat from the get go. Within three minutes the Czechs had scored and within another three minutes they had scored a second. The Greek defense was collapsing like the Greek economy. Somehow the Greeks managed to score a goal, after a major screw up by Czech goalkeeper Cech, but in the end it did not matter and the Czech earned their first three points of the tournament and llive to fight another day. [33 photos total]

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Greece national soccer players line-up for team photo before Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's national soccer players line-up for team photo before Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic fans cheer before the start of the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece fans cheer before the start of the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores against Greece during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek scores a goal against Greece's goalkeeper Chalkias during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek celebrates goal against Greece during Euro 2012 soccer match in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek celebrates with his teammates Limbersky and Pilar after scoring against Greece during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Jiracek and Limbersky celebrate a goal against Greece during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar controls the ball next to Greece's Maniatis and Torossidis during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar scores past Greece's Katsouranis, Torossidis and goalkeeper Chalkias during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Katsouranis and Torossidis react as Czech Republic's Jiracek celebrates scoring during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Katsouranis lies on ground as Czech Republic's Pilar celebrates after scoring during Euro 2012 soccer match in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar and Baros celebrate goal against Greece during Euro 2012 soccer match in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Pilar celebrates goal against Greece during Euro 2012 soccer match in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's team players celebrate scoring during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Maniatis reacts after the first goal for Czech Republic during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Rosicky battles for the ball with Greece's Fortounis during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Torossidis reacts after receiving yellow card during Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech jumps punch ball away during Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Chalkias as he is substituted by Sifakis during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at city stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech reacts next to Sivok as Greece's Gekas celebrates scoring a goal during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Fotakis scores a goal, which was later disallowed, against Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Gekas celebrates as he scores a goal against Czech Republic during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Gekas celebrates scoring a goal next to Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Gekas celebrates with Maniatis after scoring a goal against Czech Republic during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Kolar battles for the ball with Greece's Fortounis during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Wroclaw (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Salpingidis reacts as he receives a yellow card by referee Lannoy of France during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech points the finger during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras heads the ball during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at city stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Sivok celebrates winning their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at the City stadium in Wroclaw (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Holebas reacts at the end of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Czech Republic at the City stadium in Wroclaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's team players greet the supporters after victory in their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece t City stadium in Wroclaw (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #

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