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EURO 2012 LIVE: Final Group A matches

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Co-host Poland plays the Czech Republic, and Russia takes on Greece in the final Group A matches at the European Championship. The four teams are battling for two spots in the quarterfinals.

Here is a running account of Saturday’s action. All times are local to Poland.


2300: Here’s AP sports writer Graham Dunbar’s roundup of tonight’s EURO action.

WARSAW _ Co-host Poland and Group A favorite Russia crashed out of the European Championship on Saturday, as the Czech Republic and Greece scored 1-0 wins to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Czechs won the group as a second-half goal from Petr Jiracek beat Poland, which wasted a series of chances early in the game in rainy Wroclaw.

Greece recaptured the spirit and style of its Euro 2004 title triumph to upset Russia, which led the group before kickoff.

Captain Giorgos Karagounis scored against the run of play with the final kick of the first half, and Greece hung on though an expected Russian onslaught that never came.

The streets of Warsaw were calm before Russia’s return to action in the city four days after violent clashes with Poland fans.


2255: What are the odds on Angela Merkel and the Greek prime minister - whoever it may be - indulging in a spot of footballing diplomacy in Gdansk on Friday?


2250: Russia will look back upon that defeat and wonder how they lost. They had 25 shots, 10 of which were on target in comparison to the Greeks managing five attempts, of which two hit the target and most importantly, one hitting the back of the net.


2246: Tomorrow, we will find out who Greece and the Czech Republic will play in the quarterfinal. As group winners, the Czech Republic will play the runner up of Group B with Greece playing the winner. It is all still to pay for there, with every side having a possible route to the knock out stage when Portugal takes on the Netherlands and Germany plays Denmark. But tonight, the headlines are dominated by Greece and the Czech republic qualifying and co host Poland crashing out of the tournament along with Russia.


2244:So there you have it. Greece beating Russia is the shock result of the evening and the Greeks are jubilant in the National Stadium. Russia had so much of the ball but clear cut chances were few and far between, Alan Dzagoev going closest with a glancing header. The Russian fans are in tears but their pain is nothing compared to that of co host Poland. The players applaud their fans, who created such a vociferous atmosphere before kick off but now, all the cheers comes from the Czech corner of the stadium. They are through to the last eight with Greece.


2240: PhillipsIan: Greeks delirious, Russian fans howling in derision as Euro 2012 game ends 1-0 to Greece. Russia eliminated. (via Twitter)


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