Euro 2012: Group A: Refereeing decisions blemish 1-1 tie between Poland and Greece

szólj hozzá: Poland – Greece Full Highlights
Remember the name Carlos Velasco Carballo. The referee responsible for ending Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s further participation for two ridiculous called fouls as Greece went a man down in the first half. Caraballo is obviously not a disciple of the Socratic method; more likely shock and erratic, best describes his style of officiating.
A Dimitris Salpigidis goal which was clearly legitimate was adjudged offside. However, Salpigidis also capitalized as Wojciech Szczesny gambled and lost on a cross which fell invitingly for the striker to score Greece’s equalizer. The Arsenal goalie’s evening unraveled further as he fouled Salpigidis and was sent off without complaint. He was exultant when Giorgios Karagounis could not climb the greasy pole with the subsequent penalty when his weak effort was saved by stand in Pzremyslaw Tyton.
It was all Poland in the first half as Robert Lewandowski took advantage of his Borussia Dortmund connections with Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub “Kuba” Blaszczykowski combining to send a sizzling cross his way which the striker was able to put away. Greece fought back and made the second half their own.
Maybe football can make Greece forget its existential crisis for a little while because they came off as moral if not actual winners. Poland failed to milk their home court advantage. No players or fans were harmed, at least not visibly on TV, because they were overwhelmingly white.

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