Euro 2012: Giorgos Karagounis avoids Greece exit and makes Russia pay | Football | The Observer

Euro 2012: Giorgos Karagounis avoids Greece exit and makes Russia pay | Football | The Observer.

Nader Nazemi

Giorgos Karagounis of Greece scores the only goal against Russia under pressure from Yuriy Zhirkov at Euro 2012. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Forecasts of a Greek economic recovery have been taken more seriously than Fernando Santos’s prediction that his players would be the ones celebrating at the end of this game; yet after a famous victory, celebrate Greece did. Russia were surprisingly sent home from the European Championship by the combined might of Greece and the Czech Republic, the former pulling off an unexpected yet wholly deserved victory here and the latter claiming the other qualification spot with a win against Poland.

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