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EURO 2012 LIVE: Germany 1, Greece 0

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1845: There is a huge German contingent in Gdansk, but the Greeks are making some serious noise. And the build-up to the match has been peaceful and vibrant around the city.

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1830: The Berlin Morgenpost runs the headline: “Dear Greeks, we’re not helping you today!” Inside, there’s a cartoon showing a Greek player wearing a German shirt with Germany written across the chest, saying “We’re Greece - They’re just our sponsors.”

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1820: In Germany, the best-selling daily Bild led with: “Bye bye Greece; we can’t rescue you today.”

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1815: The Greek press is in overdrive for tonight’s match. Sports paper ‘Derby’ shows an ancient Greek warrior clad in full armor and clutching a spear in mid-stride as if charging at the reader, with the headline ‘Molon Lave’ meaning ‘Come and Take it’ _ Spartan king Leonidas’ famous retort to Xerxes’ call to surrender in the battle of Thermopylae.

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1800: From AP’s Graham Dunbar in Gdansk: “On Friday, thousands of fans from the two nations at opposite ends of the Eurozone financial crisis are converging on neutral Polish turf for a European Championship quarterfinal match. For Greece fans, Friday’s clash in rainy Gdansk inevitably mixes sports and politics, Euro 2012 and the euro currency. They seek respect for their country after its humiliating economic collapse _ and the German government’s role in imposing austerity measures.”

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