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    Russia wins but host Poland settles for draw

    Jun 8, 2012

    Russia whipped the Czech Republic and co-host Poland settled for a draw with Greece on opening day of the European Football Championship 2012 Friday.

    In Wroclaw, Alan Dzagoev scored a goal either side of halftime as Russia downed the Czechs 4-1.

    Tournament co-host Poland took control early in the opening match of the tournament in Warsaw after Robert Lewandowski scored on a header in the 17th, but Greece was able to force a standoff.

    Greece equalized when Dimitris Salpigidis found the back of the net in the 51st and had a chance to take the lead when the striker was taken down by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. But second goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved the penalty shot by Giorgos Karagounis.

    Roman Shirokov scored the second goal for Russia and Roman Pavlyuchenko was the other goalscorer for the team.

    Vaclav Pilar put the Czechs on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute.

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