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Euro 2012: Greece vs Czech Republic Live Updates- As it happened

Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

Wroclaw: And that is it, a huge win for Czech Republic and they get three crucial points courtesy two goals from Jirácek (3') and Pilar (6'). Even after the small hiccup by Petr Cech, Czech Republic hold on to their slender lead against Greece.

Final Score - Czech Republic 2 : 1 Greece

90 + 3 min Free kick to Czech Republic as Mitroglou commits a simulation foul.

90 + 1 min 3 minutes of added time. Pilar concedes a free-kick for a foul on Torossidis.

90 min Final minute SUBSTITUTION Rajtoral (in) - Kolár (out) (Czech Republic).

88 min Corner fro Czech Republic, Plašil takes it, short one to Pilar. Pilar penalised. Free kick for Greece.

87 min Pekhart concedes a free-kick for a foul on Karagounis.

84 min Jirácek concedes a free-kick for a foul on Karagounis, Karagounis delivrs from left wing, headed way to safety.

82 min Maniatis is penalised for a foul on Kolár.

80 min Into the final ten minutes of the game, Czechs look much more fitter than the Greeks but the latter has enjoyed more of the possession.

76 min Maniatis is penalised for a foul on Limberský.

74 min Mitroglou concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sivok .

72 min Chance for Greece as Karagounis gets ample space for a drive, but shot deflected by Sivok, Salpingidis goes for the loose ball, but is flagged offside.

71 min SUBSTITUTION Mitroglou (in) - Fortounis (out) (Greece).

69 min Jirácek concedes the corner, Karagounis takes it, headed away.

67 min Maniatis trie a long range. but well wide of the goal. Goal kick.

66 min YELLOW card for Kolár. That was the sixth booking of the fixture.

65 min Kolár tries for goal from outside the box, wide.

64 min SUBSTITUTION Pekhart (in) - Baroš (out) (Czech Republic).

61 min Papadopoulos tries a shot on goal, shot blocked by Sivok.

57 min Free kick for Czech Republic as Salpingidis gets a YELLOW card for a foul on Limberský.

56 min YELLOW card for Papadopoulos for a foul on Baroš.

53 min GOOOAAAL Gekas scores! Blunder by Petr Cech as a substitute scores the goal for Greece again. Petr Cech spills a simple gather, a cross from Giorgos Samaras into the path of Fanis Gekas, who puts the ball into the empty net.

51 min Hübschman concedes a free-kick for a foul on Samaras.

49 min Holebas concedes a free-kick for a foul on Jirácek.

47 min Second half underway, and Gebre Selassie has broken through the area, but Baroš concedes a free-kick for a foul on Torossidis.

46 min SUBSTITUTION Gekas (in) - Fotakis (out) (Greece). and Kolár (in) - Rosický (out) (Czech Republic).

So that is the end of first half, a dream start for the Czech Republic with goals from Jirácek (3') and Pilar (6').

Greece are pushed to the wall with their first choice goal keeper out with injury, but some solid midfield play by them had Czech in a spot of bother for a bit when Samaras rose above all to put the ball past Cech to the left corner of the goal, but disallowed. It was good delivery in by Torossidis, a loopy cross but Samaras was adjudged offside.

Clearly, Czechs have imposed themselves during the first 45 minutes.

45 + 1 min Hübschman blocks a powerful shot Fortounis.

45 min One minute of added time.

44 min Jirácek is penalised for handball.

44 min Salpingidis's effort on goal blocked Kadlec.

42 min Jirácek misses the target on the counter attack.

40 min Samaras finds the net but is flagged for OFFSIDE, it was good delivery in by Torossidis, a loopy cross, Samaras rose above all to put the ball past Cech to the left corner of the goal, but disallowed.

39 min Czechs have had 5 attempts on goal and Greece none. 53 % possession for Czech and 47 % for Greece.

36 min Another YELLOW card, this time for Jirácek for a foul on Maniatis.

34 min Jirácek takes the ball forward as Torossidis fouls Pilar YELLOW card for him.

33 min Corner for Czech Rosický takes the corner. Giorgos Samaras heads it to safety.

32 min Salpingidis is flagged offside.

29 min Corner for Czech as Rosický has an attempt on goal. Michalis Sifakis makes his first save stretching to the left. Rosický takes the corner, goal kick as Rosický misses the target again.

28 min Free kick to Czech as Papadopoulos fouls Gebre Selassie. Giorgos Karagounis still not in field after that Rosický's foot on head.

26 min YELLOW card for Rosický for high boot on Karagounis's head, no contact with the ball, as the Czech midfielder palnts his foot on Karagounis's head.

24 min Free kick for Greece, Karagounis takes it, it flies over Samaras as Jirácek takes the ball forward for Czech Republic.

23 min Greece goal keeper Chalkias seems to have problem, the 38-year old will nor take any further part as he walks off. SUBSTITUTION Sifakis (in) - Chalkias (out) (Greece).

19 min Pilar goes for goal from the edge of the box, shoots wide, confidence shining through for the 23-year old.

18 min Free kick for Greece, long range from the left flank by Holebas does not clear the Czech wall.

16 min Pilar wins a croner, Rosický takes it, Greece goalie Chalkias takes the ball easily.

13 min Hübschman is penalised for a foul on Karagounis. The frantic pace set by the Czechs have driopepd now and Greece are clawing back into the game now.

12 min Samaras is flagged for offside.

10 min Baroš is penalised for a foul on Karagounis .

6 min GOOOAAAL Another one for Czech, Pilar scores! Gebre Selassie passes past as diving Kostas Chalkias, Václav Pilar nets yjr ball in easily.

3 min GOOOAAAL Jirácek scores! Petr Jirácek puts the Czechs up, latching onto Tomáš Hübschman's superb, defence-splitting pass and firing beyond Kostas Chalkias.

1 min So we are underway, Gebre Selassie concedes a free-kick for a foul on Fortounis.

Welcome to the live coverage of the Euro 2012 Group A fixture between Greece and Czech Republic. Greece have one point courtesy their 1-1 draw with Poland in the opener whereas Czech Republic are yet to open their account as they were pummeled 4-1 by Russia.

Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Sivok, Limberský, Rosický, Plašil, Pilar, Hübschman, Jirácek, Baroš

SUBS: Laštuvka, Drobný, Suchý, Hubník, Rajtoral, Rezek, Petržela, Kolár, Darida, Necid.

Greece: Chalkias, Maniatis, Papadopoulos, Torossidis, Holebas, Karagounis, Fotakis, Katsouranis, Fortounis, Samaras, Salpingidis

SUBS: Tzorvas, Sifakis, Tzavellas, Malezas, Makos, Ninis, Fetfatzidis, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Gekas, Pekhart, Lafata.

Preview

Greece coach Fernando Santos has plenty of problems ahead of the clash with the Czech Republic as his first-choice central defensive pairing of Avraam Papadopoulos (knee) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (suspended) are unavailable for the match, with the former ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

Schalke`s Kyriakos Papadopolous is expected to slot in for the banned Werder Bremen man, while PAOK`s Stelios Malezas is set to deputise for the injured Olympiakos star. Following his blistering cameo against Poland, Dimitris Salpangidis should be handed a start ahead of Sotiris Ninis.

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