Friday, June 8, 2012
Wow - what a great start to the Euro 2012 competition. Especially from a neutral perspective which is pretty much how I increasingly feel with each tournie. Two years on from the World Cup and my expectations for England to do well are pretty low. Today was the opening ceremony which I missed, come on please...Poland v Greece - day one 9am Vancouver Caffe Napoli on Commercial Drive. On 17 mins Poland took the lead with a great piece of play. A crossed ball from the right wing and a lunging header from Robert Lewandowski put them ahead. The referee definitely needed a visit to the opticians for two yellow cards to Sokratis Papastathopoulos which saw him sent for an early bath. Dimitris Salpingidis got a goal early in the second half to level the game and it had the feel of a draw but when Greece got a penalty kick the opportunity to take the lead and steal the game was there but Giorgos Karagounis spot kick was definitely telegraphed. Shame. I missed the second match but the drama will continue tomorrow at Caffe Napoli at 9am.