Euro 2012: Greece vs Russia

The second game in Group A was between unfancied Greece and much fancied Russia. Russia played really well in their opening game and a little less well in their second game, but they still only needed a point to progress to the quarter finals. Greece hasn’t made anyone’s (apart from the Greek fans obviously) heart tick over faster with their playing style this tournament, but a win against the stronger Russian side would see them go into the quarter finals. Russia tried and tried and tried, but they kept walking into a defensive wall of Greeks. And then Greece’s captain, Karagounis, scored the goal they needed. The defensive lines were set up again and the Russian threw all they had at it, but to no avail. The Greeks go through in what must be the upset of the tournament so far. Let’s hope it brings a little joy to the Greek population, because as of tomorrow it is back to paying off debts. [42 photos total]

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Russia soccer fans pose before Euro 2012 soccer match between Russia and Greece in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Russia soccer fan poses before Euro 2012 soccer match between Russia and Greece in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's soccer fan cheers before the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Russian soccer fans paint their faces before Euro 2012 match between Russia and Greece in Warsaw (JERZY DUDEK/REUTERS) #
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Russia soccer fan smiles before Euro 2012 soccer match between Russia and Greece in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece soccer fans hold up national flag before start of Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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General view of National stadium before start of Euro 2012 soccer match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's players pose for a team photo before the start of their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Russia's national soccer players line-up for team photo before start of Euro 2012 match against Greece in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Papadopoulos and Maniatis run ball past Russia's Glushakov during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Arshavin looks at the ball during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Salpingidis attempts to score past Russia's Malafeev during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis makes a save against Russia's Shirokov during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Referee Eriksson calls for assistance following collision between Greece's Gekas and Russia's Anyukov during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Zhirkov jumps for header with Greece's Karagounis during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras runs for ball with Russia's Glushakov during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis reacts during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Kerzhakov is challenged by Greece's Papadopoulos and Maniatis during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras heads the ball during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras reacts during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Kerzhakov reacts during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras challenges Russia's Shirokov during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Papadopoulos, Torossidis and goalkeeper Sifakis challenge Russia's Kerzhakov during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (PAWEL ULATOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis holds off Russia's Zhirkov to shoot and score goal during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis shoots past Russia's Malafeev to score during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's goalkeeper Malafeev watches goal from Greece's Karagounis go into net during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's players celebrate after Karagounis scoring a goal against Russia during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis celebrates his goal against Russia during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's fans celebrate after their team scored a goal against Russia during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (PAWEL ULATOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Greece players celebrate goal during Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis falls in the penalty area next to Russia's Glushakov during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Salpingidis and Katsouranis argue with referee Eriksson of Sweden during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at the National stadium in Warsaw (PAWEL ULATOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis reacts during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis is shown yellow card during Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Dzagoev fails to score during the Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Greece at National stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Arshavin reacts following Greece goal during Euro 2012 soccer match in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Katsouranis reacts as he is carried off on a stretcher during their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match against Russia at the National stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's players celebrate victory against Russia after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Arshavin reacts as Greece's players celebrate victory after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's players celebrate with fans victory against Russia after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's players celebrate victory against Russia after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at National stadium in Warsaw (PAWEL ULATOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Greece's soccer fans celebrate victory against Russia after their Group A Euro 2012 soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (PAWEL ULATOWSKI/REUTERS) #

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