Euro 2012, Day Nine: Open Thread

There's a reason Sevilla dumped Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

The first elimination day at Euro 2012. Group A is up for grabs: Russia 4, Czech Republic 3, Poland 2, Greece 1. Even the Russians could bow out with a defeat, however unlikely.

Czech Republic vs. Poland, 2:45 pm ET (ESPN2)

My Czechs are 90 minutes away from the next round. A draw will get them through, barring a Greek win. But a clean sheet is unlikely against Robert Lewandowski and company. A scrappy and tense encounter awaits in Wroclaw, where the atmosphere should be electric. Expect a significant traveling contingent from across the border, but hopefully none of the violence of Russia Day.

Greece vs. Russia, 2:45 pm ET (ESPN)

Main billing in the U.S. for a potentially one-sided encounter. The Greeks have to play to win; Russia is lethal on the counterattack, with Alan Dzagoev leading the line. As long as Aleksandr Kerzhakov is shooting, Greece will be okay. But there are only so many chances to spurn in one tournament. And Roman Pavlyuchenko is looking over his shoulder.

Prediction: Russia wins the group, Czechs hang on for second. What do you think?

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