Petr Jiracek’s goal in 72 minutes of the match sends Czech Republic through the knock out stage as a group winners with 6 points as Greece won the dramatic match against strong Russian side to qualify for the next round as a runner ups in a group.
It was a huge question before the match who will proceed through the group stages as all teams had equal chance to proceed with a win. The winners of Group a is Czech republic with 6 points and Greece is runner up with 4 points. Greece qualifying with head to head advantage against Russia as both team settled with 4 points in group.
Czech Republic vs Poland
The game started with Poland taking over the ball as Lewandoski get the clear ball in starting minute as he was tackle and won free kick. The free kick went inches away from the post as it hit the side net and supporters taught it was a clear goal. Peter Cech the czech Republic’s goal keeper was busiest man in the first half as he denied Wasilewski and Boenisch’s. The best chance for Czech in first half was dropped by Barrios as he failed to control the air ball from team mate who would have made him in the position of one-on-one with opposition goal keeper.
Both team looks in hurry in second half. The score in another game was already 1-0 with Greece leading. If the game has ended as 0-0 Poland and Czech both would have been eliminated. Czech start the half with the possession. In 64 minutes Czech was awarded a free kick after Pilar was brought down by Piszczek. Sivok gets ball in free kick but Tyton did very well to save the ball from getting inside. In 72nd minutes Milan Baros takes the ball from Poland players and passes to Petr Jirácek who did very well to open the scoring and give lead to Czech Replublic.
It was the only goal of the match as both teams failed to score a goal after Czech leads.
Greece vs Russia
Russia attacked in the post through out the game but failed to score as Greece utilized the opportunity to score which sends them through the knockout stages. Greece started the match with balls in their leg and started to attack from very first. Samaras gave easy ball to Russians who hold the ball more in the match. Russian hold 62% of ball possession in the match. Russia attempted 24 times while Greece attempted only 5 times. Only 5 shots from Russians was in target where 60% of Greek shot was on target. The only goal of the match came in the injury time of first half as Captain Karagounis scored in his reord 120th international match. He strike low towards the post to give victorious lead to 2004 winners.
Roman Pavlyuchenko was brought in as a attacking option by Russia but he was never seemed to be scoring. In second half Greece showed wonderful defensive performance. In 84h minute Dzagoev’s header went millimeters wide from the post. Some fans were already celebrating as it was seen like goal from the distance. Now Greece will play against the Winner of group of death in the Quater Final.