UEFA Euro 2012: Poland & Ukraine
Tournament Photo Gallery-  Group Stage Matchday One
Friday 8th to Monday 11th June

 

 

By Adam Higgins & Alex Byrom
Chief Football Editor & Deputy Football Editor

 

 

The Euro 2012 opening ceremony took place minutes before kick-off between Poland & Greece in the opening match of the tournament as the different coloured giant ribbons representing the two co-hosts with the dance routine taking place on the pitch at the National Stadium in Warsaw

 

 

The sixteen nations taking part in Euro 2012 co-hosted by Poland & Ukraine over the three-week tournament were commemorated in a spreading of the countries flags before kick-off at the opening match between the Poles and the Greeks

 

 

Poland 1-1 Greece: Borussia Dortmund goal-getter Robert Lewandowski was firing for Poland as he celebrates scoring the first goal of the Euro 2012 tournament after 17 minutes of the Group A opener between the co-hosts and Greece at the National Stadium in Warsaw

 

 

Poland 1-1 Greece: A mix-up at the back from Poland involving goalkeeper Wojech Szczesny ends in catastrophe as PAOK Salonika forward and Greek substitute Dimitris Salpingidis equalises on 51 minutes in the Euro 2012 opening match

 

  

Poland 1-1 Greece: Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows a red card to Arsenal goalkeeper Wojech Szczesny, of Poland, in the second half for a conceding a penalty when bringing down Dimitris Salpingidis

 

 

Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev netted his second goal of the match to put the Russians in a commanding position in the second match of Group A with a cleverly dinked finish over a desolate Petr Cech

 

 


Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Former Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko, now with Lokomotiv Moscow, celebrates after scoring Russia's fourth goal in their opening Group A match against Czech Republic in the second half as a substitute.
 
 

Holland 0-1 Denmark: Bert Van Marjwik's Netherlands side line-up for the pre-match team photograph ahead of their Euro 2012 Group B opening match against the Danes at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv

 

 

Holland 0-1 Denmark: Michael Krohn-Delhi slides the ball through the legs of Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to give the Danes a surprise lead midway through the first half in the opening clash of Group B at Euro 2012

 

 

Germany 1-0 Portugal: Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez plants a firm header into the bottom corner past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 72nd minute to score the only goal of the game for the Germans in their Euro 2012 opening match in Lviv, Ukraine

 

 

Spain 1-1 Italy: Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli, of Italy, had a clean run at goal in the second half but dilly-dallied as he was confronted by Iker Casillas with Sergio Ramos recovering to tackle as the reigning world and European champions Spain began their Group C campaign in Gdansk

 

 

Spain 1-1 Italy: Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale finished superbly past Spanish captain Iker Casillas between the sticks within three moments of coming on as a substitute to give Italy the lead in Poland however Cesc Fabregas equalised shortly after for Spain in the opening Group C encounter

 

 

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia: The 20,000 Republic of Ireland fans enjoying themselves having made the 970 mile journey from the capital Dublin to travel to Euro 2012 to get behind their side in their opening Group C match against Croatia

 

 

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia: Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is helpless as a header in the third minute by Croatia's mobile forward Mario Mandzukic beats him to give Slaven Bilic's side the lead in the rain at the City Stadium in Poznan

 

 

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia: Irish full-back John O'Shea clears the ball away to safety with Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic putting pressure on him in the pouring rain in the Group C encounter at Euro 2012 as Giovanni Trapattoni's men endured a difficult night in Poland

 

  

France 1-1 England: The Three Lions starting eleven, selected by boss Roy Hodgson, for their opening Group D match with France at Euro 2012 in Donetsk poses for the pre-match team photo excluding right-back Glen Johnson

 

 

France 1-1 England: Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott nets the first goal of his international career with a powerful header for England past French captain Hugo Lloris on 30 minutes to put the Three Lions infront in their opening Group D clash at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine

 

 

France 1-1 England: England goalkeeper Joe Hart is beaten in the bottom corner by a clean strike from club team-mate Samir Nasri in the 39th minute to equalise for the French in their Euro 2012 Group D opener in Ukraine

 

 

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden: AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovich celebrates after finding the net for the Swedes at the start of the second half to give them their first goal at the tournament in their Group D opener against co-hosts Ukraine at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

 

 

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden: Former AC Milan forward and Ukranian talisman Andriy Shevchenko, who went on to net twice in the game, looks to poke the ball away from Swedish left-back Martin Olsson, of Blackburn Rovers, in the first half

 

 

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden: Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom is shown a yellow card after half-time by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a foul on Bayern Munich's Tymoschuhuk in their Euro 2012 Group D opener

 


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Click here for Euro 2012 photo gallery- Group Stage Matchday Three

Click here for Euro 2012 photo gallery- Quarter Finals

Click here for Euro 2012 photo gallery- Semi Finals

Click here for Euro 2012 photo gallery- Final

 

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