Greece pulled the absolute shocker by defeating Russia 1-0 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Greeks looked like the 2004 team which upset everyone. Greece showed absolute resolve as Russia volleyed 30 shots at them.
However, Greek starting goalkeeper Michail Sifakis stopped every one. Giorgios Karagounis scored the only goal of the match during injury time at the end of the first half after a brilliant counterattack. In the second half, the Greeks played defense the entire match with all eleven players on the defensive side of their field. Congrats to the Greeks! This win will give the Greek people a little respite during their economic crisis. Greece advances to the quarterfinals. They are tied with Russia in points within Group A with four, but Greece advances because they won today.
In the other Group A matchup, the Czech Republic drove a dagger through the hearts of the Polish fans by winning 1-0 in Wroclaw. Petr Jiracek scored the only goal in the match in the 72nd minute when he caught the defense napping after a long ball attack.
The win gave the Czechs six points in Group A, which makes them the winners of the group. After these Group A matches, the Polish team is still looking for its first-ever victory in the Euros.
These wins are good medicine for the Russian fans and for the Polish fans who acted like fools four days ago.