Euro 2012 Day 5

Czech Republic 2 Greece 1

No interest, didn’t watch it. Apparently the Czechs scored twice in the first six minutes, then hung on for the next 84 minutes.

Russia 1 Poland 1

The Russians were clearly the much better team, but the Poles were playing as hard as I’ve ever seen a team play. They took a pretty good punch in the mouth when the Russians scored on a free kick against the run of play and were back on their heels for the remainder of the half, but they somehow made it to halftime without conceding another goal. After the half, they came out fired up again, and after they got their equalizer on an excellent goal from their captain, they kept the Russians mostly under control. It may have been a tie, but it felt like a major victory for Poland and the Polish crowd celebrated it like one.