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Euro 2012: Matchday One (Group A)

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After weeks and months of build-up, Euro 2012 finally kicks off in Poland, where things get underway in Group A.

Tournament co-hosts Poland will aim to put 2004 champion Greece in an early hole in the opening match of the competition, while group favorite Russia faces an aging but capable Czech Republic side backstopped by Chelsea hero and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Here is the viewing schedule for today's Euro 2012 matches:

12p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com – Poland vs. Greece

2:45 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com – Russia vs. Czech Republic

If you will be watching today's Friday's Euro 2012 action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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  1. hehe im neutral (irish) just being a smartass
    🙂 plus everybody i worked with caleed it a handball so while appreciate your neutral input, its not a black and white no call there

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  2. Two points:

    Lalas misses opportunity to bring up World Cup goal line hand ball by Germany with Ballack when discussing missed call. Would have been great to see his reaction, we got away with one smile, or indigence. Lalas scared of the German?

    Fix is in again. Shocker Poland getting the calls. Just wait til Ukraine and the Ruskies play. Anybody that thinks the best teams will make the finals are kidding themselves. Eastern Bloc will be represented.

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  3. He would be their best defender today but given how physical he’s allowed to play in MLS, John probably would have already been sent off too.

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  4. Greece’s defense is bad. Klinsmann needs to get George John cap-tied or he might end up in a Greek uniform before too long.

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  5. Those first two yellows were weak, and they didn’t even have the last on camera.

    Still, Poland is really outplaying them and deserves to be. Greece lacks fundamentals, such as clearing the ball.

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  6. If they restrain themselves from deservedly punching the ref, they should not get a yellow. They should get the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  7. ya that handball was close. but the ball couldve fell to a greek if his arm wasnt in the way( like you said either way).. didnt catch the yellow because of the cam work

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  8. And Lalas steps out with his first piece of stupidity today. He says Greece didn’t deserve the penalty because they didn’t do anything in the first half. He is so awful.

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  9. Neither was. He got sent off for two fouls that weren’t. I’d be furious were I Greek. I’d be asking for an investigation.

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  10. I think some refs put the whistle to their mouths to get more camera time or to make themselves seems important. like a kid who got picked on in highschool becoming a cop and abusing their power. unbelievable

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  11. While the ref has been pretty awful, I agree with the non-call on the handball (could have gone either way), and the yellow he gave the Greek player for dissent was justified.

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  12. Uh thanks iPhone?? Greede? How is that the appopriate auto correct? Meant to say *sucks for Greece* and *you still don’t like to see*

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  13. wooooow what a f%$# this ref is. they give a shite red miss a hangball call and then immediately give another questionable yellow. wow f the euros already

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  14. That’s sad. All teams must not only perform but also overcome poor officiating. I wouldn’t mind to see the ref removed, publicly, from the remaining games.

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  15. Ouch. Suck for Greede. Not that they had much of a foothold in this game but to still don’t like to see crappy ref calls changing games any more.

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  16. Pretty damn good goal but nowhere near as awesome as South Africa’s 2010 world cup opening goal from Tshabalala. That goal was sick.

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