Euro 2012: Czech Republic bounce back with 2-1 win against Greece


After getting their worst-ever opening match result in a major final tournament, the Czech Republic bounced back thanks to a blazing start as they beat Greece 2-1 to keep their qualification hopes alive.

The Czechs took the fastest-ever two-goal lead in European Championship history as Petr Jiráček and Václav Pilař both scored inside six minutes in Wroclaw. A gaffe by experienced goalkeeper Petr Čech allowed Fanis Gekas to pull one back eight minutes after the break but the Czechs held on to register their first ever win over Greece.

Fernando Santos had to field a makeshift centre-back pair with Kyriakos Papadopoulos and midfielder Kostas Katsouranis and the move proved wrong right away as Tomáš Hübschman played a clever pass between them for Jiráček who opened the scoring. Thigs got even worse minutes later as Theodor Gebre Selassie made a good run, received the ball from Tomáš Rosický before crossing low into the box where Pilař bundled the ball in with some help from the Greek defence.

Greece got back into the game after the interval as Petr Cech fumbled a cross into the path of substitute Gekas who fired home. The mistake didn't prove costly as the Czech Republic held out with fair ease to clinch the vital three points.

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