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Greece vs Poland Report

March 30, 2011 By George Tsitsonis
Greece and Poland played out an uninspired 0-0 draw in Piraeus on Tuesday evening.
Both sides created opportunities to score a winner, however an inability to convert chances at either end saw the game finish in a 0-0 stalemate. Kostas Mitrolgou and Robert Lewandowski had the best chances for each team in a forgettable affair at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

The match was memorable in the sense that it was the international curtain call for Polish defender Michal Zewlakow. The 35-year-old player turned out for his country for the 102nd time and was given a standing ovation by all in attendance when he was substituted in the 62nd minute. It marked the end of a fine Polish career which has seen Zewlakow become Poland’s all-time leader in international caps.

Fernando Santos made several changes to the side that defeated Malta on Saturday and there was a place in the starting eleven for the likes of Mitroglou, Giannis Fetfatzidis, Vagelis Moras, Panagiotis Kone, Loukas Vyntra, and Kostas Chalkias in goal.

Despite the wholesale changes, Greece started the brighter side and were unlucky not to have gone ahead on 11 minutes when Mitroglou’s volley was superbly saved by man-of-the-match Grzegorz Sandomierski in the Polish goal.

Greece continued to create half-chances throughout the opening 45 minutes with Mitroglou in the mood to score, though the on-loan Panionios striker wasted a couple more opportunities.

Poland began to claim a foothold in the proceedings after a shaky start and could have scored through Ludovic Obraniak and Slawomir Peszko in a five-minute spell midway through the first half.

After the break, Poland looked most likely to break the deadlock, but Lewandoski missed a fantastic chance just two minutes in to break free past Chalkias as the PAOK goalkeeper kept the Poles at bay.

Several substitutions played a role in breaking up the tempo toward the end, though it was the hosts who could have won it late on, but Vyntra missed a header at the far post after a flick on from Nikos Lymperopoulos.

The draw kept Santos’ undefeated record for Greece intact after nine matches which has featured six wins and three draws. Greece next play Malta at home in a EURO 2012 Group F qualifier on June 4th, while Poland’s next match is a June 9th friendly at home against France.

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