The opening match of Euro 2012 between co-hosts Poland and former champions Greece was a great advert for the rest of the competition, with the two sides earning a share of the spoils in an entertaining 1-1 draw that swung like a pendulum during different periods of the encounter. The Poles, who started much the better side, took the lead through their star striker Robert Lewandowski in the 17th minute. Greece were then reduced to 10-men in the first half itself when defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos was given his marching orders for two bookable offences.
The Greeks however fought back bravely and found a leveller through substitute Dimitris Salpigidis, before Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for denying Salpagidis a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The subsequent penalty however was parried away by substitute keeper Premyslaw Tyton, and another Greece goal was disallowed for offside, as Poland, who were expected to take maximum points, ended the game happy to leave the stadium with one.