Euro 2012, Day Five: Open Thread

Robert Lewandowski: more goals in him?

The start of round two of the group stage. In Group A, Poland drew 1-1 with Greece, while Russia blew up the Czech Republic 4-1. So Russia tops the group and can advance with a win.

Greece vs. Czech Republic, 12 noon ET

Both sides need a win. The Greeks showed great resolve in coming from behind to secure a draw against the co-hosts in Warsaw. Spanish referee Velasco Carballo did his thing, sending off a Greek player for no reason and not awarding a penalty in the first half. But the tables turned after the break, and the Greeks even missed from the spot with a chance to win.

The Czechs were shredded on the counter by Alan Dzagoev and company. Plenty of possession, but not enough of a killer touch. More is expected of veterans Milan Baros and Tomas Rosicky, and manager Michal Bilek has work to do on the back four. Should be an interesting match.

Poland vs. Russia, 2:45 pm ET

The co-hosts will be without Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, sent off late in the tournament opener. But Robert Lewandowski is a danger up front, and Borussia Dortmund East has nice chemistry. Poland needs another result.

Speaking of chemistry, Zenit St. Petersburg West under Dick Advocaat is well on its way to the knockout stage. Even a draw today will put the Russians in great shape. But I'm not sure this team knows how to grind out a result. Will be interesting to see them try and break down a more stout defense.

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