Greece and Czechs somehow come through Group A

Updated: June 16, 2012

Hosts Poland have been eliminated from the European Championships as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in Warsaw.

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Petr Jiracek’s goal after 18 minutes from time ensured that the co-hosts would finish bottom of the table and allowed the Czechs to leapfrog Russia for a quarter final berth.

Karagounis scored a cracking solo goal in the first minute of injury time at the end of the first half to see 2004 champions Greece through to the knock out stages having lost all their Group matches back in 2008.

Poland knew nothing less than a win would see them reach the knockout stages at the expense of 1996 finalists the Czech Republic, who also needed three points to guarantee their qualification to the last eight.

Poland had an 89th minute chance to score to set up a tense finish, when Jakub Blaszczykowski went through on goal and lifted the ball over Cech only for Tomas Sivok to head off the line, with the final whistle blown immediately after to herald scenes of jubilation from Bilek’s Czech outfit.

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