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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EURO 2012 : Czech Republic beat Greece but both sides can still qualify.

The Czech Republic beat Greece 2-1 in Euro 2012 group A thanks to two goals in the first six minutes against 2004 champions Greece.

Petr Jiracek scored the opening goal when he collected Tomas Hubschman's defence-splitting pass in the third minute and slotted it past the oncoming keeper, and then Vaclav Pilar scored when he bundled home a cut-back from the goall line to score from two yards out.

Greece had a goal ruled out for offside before Fanis Gekas capitalised on a Petr Cech howler eight minutes after the break.

Greece brought on Kostas Mitroglou late on to add more strike power but they were unable to break down shaky Czech defence.

The defeat leaves the Greeks needing victory against Russia to progress, while the revitalised Czechs will face Poland with both sides looking for a positive result to advance.

Watch video highlights of Greece v Czech Republic

Greece 1
(Gekas 53)
Czech Rep. 2 (Jiracek 3, Pilar 6)

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