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Poland 1-1 Greece

Robert Lewandowski of Poland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A match between Poland and Greece at National Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland (credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Poland were held to a 1-1 draw despite dominating Greece in the opening game at Euro 2012 on Friday.

Poland dominated the early stages of the game and took the lead on 17 minutes through Robert Lewandowski. The striker, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, headed home superbly after he headed Jakub Blaszczykowski's cross down into the ground and watched it bounce up into the top corner of the net.

Greece had Sokratis Papastathopoulos harshly booked for a challenge on Lewandowski, then referee Carlos Velasco Carballo caused more controversy just minutes before half-time as he sent off Papastathopoulos, giving him a second yellow card for a foul on Rafal Murawski.

Both were bad decisions by the Spanish official, and led to protests by the Greeks, who had Jose Holebas booked on the stroke of half-time for dissent.

Despite being down to 10-men, Greece made a lively start to the second half and they needed just five minutes to level the scores as Dimitris Salpingidis, who came off the bench at half-time, slotted the ball home after Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had failed to deal with a Vassilis Torossidis cross.

Poland responded by going on the attack, but the co-hosts found themselves down to ten men after Szczesny brought down Salpingidis inside the penalty area and was given a straight red card.

Przemyslaw Tyton came on and made himself an instant hero, diving to his left to save Giorgos Karagounis's weak penalty.

The impressive Salpingidis then thought he had put Greece ahead, but his goal from a Kostas Fortounis cross was - correctly - ruled out for offside.

Poland continued to finish the game as they had played for most of the 90 minutes, but they were unable to find a late winner, as Greece held on for point in what was a highly-entertaining opening game.

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