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06-08-2012, 06:26 PM
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Euro 2012 started today.

Poland (co-host with Ukraine) played Greece, got an early lead, thought they had an edge when Greece had a man sent off at the end of the first half. Then they gave up a goal early in the second half a penalty and a straight red on Szczesny, forcing a backup keeper to come on and immediately stop a penalty, which he did. Ended in a 1-1 draw.

Then Russia proceeded to systematically dismantle the Czech Republic by a 4-1 score. The Czech defense looked absolutely putrid. Some good young players showed well for Russia, and Arshavin looks like he has found his old Arsenal form playing in the Motherland.

Next for Group A is Poland-Russia and Czech Rep-Greece. I'm not sure the Czechs have the teeth to exploit Greece the way Poland did (though Russia will eat them alive). In this format, a single result can be huge. If Poland get a point against Russia, they have a good shot at going through unless the Greeks get three against the Czechs. If the Czechs beat Greece, it will be pure chaos.

The Group of Death, Group B, is tomorrow: Netherlands-Denmark and Germany-Portugal. Should be a great afternoon of soccer.

Oh, and as if footy fans weren't spoiled enough, World Cup qualifying started in CONCACAF today. Canada beat Cuba 1-0 despite Lars Hirschfield totally forgetting where he was on the field. US just about to kick off against Antigua & Barbuda.

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