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live Greece and the Czech Republic are competing in the European Football Championship

12 June 2012 / 18:06:57  GRReporter
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Vicotira Mindova

The first goal in the match between Greece and the Czech Republic was scored by the Greeks in the 3rd minute. Halkias, number 20, tried to stop the Czech striker Zhirachek but failed. Two minutes later, Pilar, number 6, scored the second goal for Greece, which made 15 thousand fans from the Czech Republic ecstatic.
In the 16th minute, Rositscky tried to score from a corner, but Halkias managed to push the ball. A minute later, Fortounis got a yellow card after touching the ball with his hand. In the 19th minute, Pilar attacked the Greek goal, but missed.

In the 22nd minute, the coach of the Greek national team Fernandos Santos decided to replace the goalkeeper, against whom two goals had been scored in no time. In the match on Tuesday, Halkias, who has passed the zenith of his career, was replaced by his young colleague Sifakis. In the 27th minute, in a fight for the ball, Rozitski kicked  the Greek team captain Karagounis in the face and got a yellow card. Karagounis left the field for several minutes to undergo a fast medical examination, leaving the Greek team with 10 players.

The 41st minute was dramatic for Greece, as the goal scored in the Czech door was cancelled because the judges insisted that there was an off side. ET 1 analysts, referring to replay footage, insisted that the cancellation of the goal was unfounded, but that did not change the decision of judges. The first half ended with extra time of less than two minutes. In the 52nd minute of the second half, Gekas finally managed to take the first real step towards making the result equal and scored. Then, two yellow cards for Papadopoulos and Salpigidis followed, and a foul for the Czech Republic in the 59th minute, which did not change the result for the red team. In the 64th minute, Pekhart, number 15 of the Czech team, was replaced by the young Baros. In the 84th minute, a penalty kick was awarded for Greece, which gave no result. After three-minute's extra time in the second half, the final score remained 2-1 to the Czech Republic.

Football mishaps in Europe cannot overshadow the problems of the debt crisis, growing in the continent. Financial guru Nouriel Roubini posted on Twitter that everyone may be watching Euro 2012 now but after the election on Sunday, they could be watching Drachma 2012. Other network users are taking things much easier, joking that men are watching Euro 2012 only because of the beautiful girls wrapped in various banners.

There were also witty jokes related to the political situation in Greece. "The last Tsipras’ statement: I do not recognize the two goals by the Czech Republic. On June 18, I am going to renegotiate them again," wrote a social network user. There were few bitter comments like "I have decided to become a football player. Since Samaras made it, then I will make it too." Many Greek fans shared this view, as they were disappointed by the poor performance of the player. Others are really thrilled with the football championship. A Czech fan posted the reaction of his fellows after the first goal scored in the third minute of the match.

Tags: SportsSoccerGreeceCzech RepublicEuropean Football Championship
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