GROUP A

  • Greece were victimized by referees: Karagounis June 17, 2012

    Warsaw: Greece's qualification for the Euro 2012 quarterfinals is a triumph because the team has constantly been victimized by referees, captain Giorgos Karagounis said. The Greeks felt they were denied a clear penalty in the 10 win over Russia that secured a place in the knockout stages, as Karagounis was tripped...
  • Poland coach resigns after Euro 2012 exit June 17, 2012

    Wroclaw: Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has confirmed that he will leave his current post after he failed to guide the host nation through the group stage of Euro 2012. The hosts followed up draws with Greece and Russia with Saturday's defeat to Czech Republic, and the former Lech Poznan coach admitted...
  • Greece too hard to break down: Russia coach June 17, 2012

    Warsaw: Greece were simply too hard for to break down in the crunch Euro 2012 match Saturday that saw Russia knocked out, Russia coach Dick Advocaat said. Greece won 10 courtesy of a Sotiris Karagounis goal on the stroke of halftime, and combined with the Czech Republic's 10 win over Poland,...
  • Karagounis strike takes Greece into quarters June 17, 2012

    Warsaw: There were echoes of Greece's Euro 2004winning campaign as they advanced to the quarterfinals with a pragmatic display that ended in a 10 win over Russia, who suffered elimination as Czech Republic defeated cohosts Poland in Group A's other game. Despite being under pressure for large parts of the game...
  • Czechs edge past Poland to top Group A June 17, 2012

    Wroclaw: Petr Jiracek broke Polish hearts in Wroclaw, netting the only goal of a tense Group A encounter to secure a 10 win and lasteight berth for Czech Republic. The Wolfsburg midfielder was clinical in converting Milan Baros' pass 72 minutes into the game after Poland had been caught on...
  • Champions of Europe: Greece face an uphill task June 16, 2012

    Greece take on mighty Russia in Group A match of Euro 2012 on Saturday. ...
  • Czech Rosicky doubtful for Poland tie June 15, 2012

    Wroclaw: Tomas Rosicky has admitted that his participation in Czech Republic's crucial Euro 2012 Group A clash with Poland on Saturday remains in doubt. The Arsenal attacking midfielder is struggling with an Achilles problem and is not yet sure if he will be fit to face the cohosts in Wroclaw. "I will...
  • Stay calm and behave, Dzagoyev tells Russian fans June 15, 2012

    Warsaw: Alan Dzagoyev, whose three goals in two games have left Russia well placed to reach the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, appealed on Friday to his country's fans not to misbehave during the remainder of the tournament. Russia have the threat of a sixpoint deduction hanging over them in next European Championship...
  • Greece face Russia in a must win game June 15, 2012

    Warsaw: With the defenseminded Greeks knowing only victory over an attackoriented Russia squad will get them into the European Championship quarterfinals, Saturday's match could see a reversal of roles. "It will be a very sharp game from both sides," Russia coach Dick Advocaat said. "They have to win. A draw is...
  • Poland and Czech meet for quarterfinal spot June 15, 2012

    Wroclaw: With a place in the quarterfinals at stake, Poland is ready to make history against the Czech Republic. The Euro 2012 cohosts will be seeking their first victory of the tournament and first quarterfinal berth ever at the European Championships on Saturday at the Municipal Stadium following a...
  • Poland and Czech meet for quarterfinal spot June 15, 2012

    Wroclaw: With a place in the quarterfinals at stake, Poland is ready to make history against the Czech Republic. The Euro 2012 cohosts will be seeking their first victory of the tournament and first quarterfinal berth ever at the European Championships on Saturday at the Municipal Stadium following a...
  • Russia trying to avoid 'severe' UEFA sanctions June 14, 2012

    Warsaw: Russia's football federation will do all it can to avoid "severe" UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) sanctions imposed after the country's fans attacked stadium stewards at their team's first European Championship match. The federation also appealed again to its fans to behave at Euro 2012 stadiums. "In these...
  • More fan trouble can see Russia lose six points June 13, 2012

    Warsaw: Russia will be docked six points in qualifying for the next European Championship if their fans step out of line again after disturbances at their opening Euro 2012 game against the Czech Republic last Friday, UEFA said on Wednesday. The charges against Russia's fans included setting off and throwing fireworks...
  • Poland sorry for clashes, wants harsh penalties June 13, 2012

    Warsaw (Poland): Polish authorities apologised on Wednesday for the violence that broke out around a soccer match with Russia and pledged severe penalties for hooligans detained after bloody clashes near the stadium and at a fan zone. Police, who feared trouble at the Euro 2012 game due to uneasy relations between...
  • Champions of Europe: Poland impress in draw June 13, 2012

    CNNIBN's panel of experts voice their opinion on Poland holding Russia to a draw and Czech Republic beating Greece. ...
  • Arshavin blames tiredness for draw with Poland June 13, 2012

    Warsaw: Russia captain Andrey Arshavin has blamed tiredness for his side's inability to seal all three points against Poland as the cohosts came from behind to snatch a draw in Warsaw. Dick Advocaat's side took a firsthalf lead when Alan Dzagoev headed his skipper's pinpoint freekick past Przemyslaw Tyton, as they...
  • Czech captain Tomas Rosicky injured June 13, 2012

    Wroclaw: The Czech Republic's much needed 21 victory over Greece at the European Championship came at a cost: captain Tomas Rosicky injured his Achilles tendon and is doubtful for its final Group A game. Rosicky had to be substituted at halftime on Tuesday, having gestured to his teammates in the last...
  • Warsaw violence mars Euro 2012 June 13, 2012

    Warsaw: A thrilling 11 draw between old adversaries Poland and Russia was marred by the worst fan violence of soccer's European Championship so far on Tuesday, with 123 fans arrested after running street battles in Warsaw. Riot police were pelted with missiles including rocks, flares and bottles, firing tear gas and...
  • Russia and Poland play out 11 draw June 13, 2012

    Warsaw: Jakub Blaszczykowski's spectacular strike helped Poland secure a 11 draw against Russia in Group A, which leaves all four teams with a chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals. Poland had the better chances of the two side's in the firsthalf but found themselves 10 down at the break. Alan Dzagoev...
  • Greece lament slow start to Czech clash June 13, 2012

    Wroclaw: Vasilis Torosidis has slammed Greece's slow start to their Euro 2012 clash with the Czech Republic on Tuesday, and added that his side have only themselves to blame for the 21 defeat. Michal Bilek's men found themselves 20 down within a matter of minutes, and although Theofanis Gekas pulled...
  • Czechs stay in the hunt with win over Greece June 12, 2012

    Wroclaw: The Czech Republic put Greece on the brink of elimination from Group A of Euro 2012 after a 21 victory over the Ethniki at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw. Michal Bilek's men hit the Galanolefki with a firsthalf double salvo courtesy of goals by Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar, and...
  • Champions of Europe: Must win match for Czech June 12, 2012

    Czech Republic face 2004 champions Greece and need a win to stay alive in Euro 2012. ...
  • Polish press evokes national pride at Euro June 12, 2012

    Warsaw (Poland): In Warsaw, you could be forgiven for thinking Poland's army is going into battle with Russia rather than its soccer team. Polish papers went to town on Monday on references to Poland's victorious 1920 battle against the Bolshevik Army, known as the Miracle on the Vistula, fueling simmering...
  • No major changes in the playing XI: Russia coach June 12, 2012

    Warsaw:Russia's football coach Dick Advocaat is not planning to make significant changes in the starting eleven for Tuesday's Group A clash with cohosts Poland. Two goals from Alan Dzagoev and a late spectacular strike from secondhalf substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko helped Russia to top the group with a 41 dismantling of the...
  • Czechs ready for survival fight against Greece June 12, 2012

    Wroclaw, Poland: Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky expects his teammates to fight for survival against Greece on Tuesday after a demoralizing start to the European Championship. In the Czechs' first match, Russia tore apart their defence to win 41 on Friday and go top of Group A. Now, at least a...
  • National pride at stake in Poland vs Russia clash June 11, 2012

    Warsaw: In Warsaw, you could be forgiven for thinking Poland's army is going into battle with Russia rather than its soccer team. Polish papers went to town on Monday on references to Poland's victorious 1920 battle against the Bolshevik Army, known as the "miracle on the Vistula," fueling simmering nationalist sentiments...
  • Czech still haunted by Euro 2004 Greece defeat June 11, 2012

    Wroclaw (Poland): Eight year later, the Czech Republic is still haunted by the Silver Goal scored by Greece in the 2004 semifinals. Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky, one of three players at this year's European Championship who was in the 2004 squad, has called it the most bitter moment of...
  • Tensions high ahead of Poland vs Russia match June 11, 2012

    Warsaw: Poland and Russia are doing their best to keep their minds on soccer ahead of a Euro 2012 Group A game on Tuesday that off the pitch looks like one of the tournament's potential flashpoints. Authorities in Warsaw have been working hard behind the scenes to ease concerns over a...
  • UEFA charges Russia over fan violence June 10, 2012

    Warshaw: UEFA charged the Russian soccer association on Saturday after fans were filmed fighting with stadium stewards after a European Championship match. UEFA also is seeking more evidence to investigate reports of "alleged abuse directed at Czech Republic players" during Russia's 41 win in Wroclaw on Friday. "UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings...
  • Greece defender Papadopoulos out of Euro 2012 June 9, 2012

    WARSAW: Greece central defender Avraam Papadopoulos will miss the rest of Euro 2012 after suffering a knee injury in their 11 draw in the tournament's opening game against cohosts Poland on Friday. He was replaced after 37 minutes by his namesake Kyriakos, before being taken to hospital where scans showed the...