Round 1 is in the bag, and today begins the start of the second set of group matches. First on today’s slate is a scintillating clash between the defensive prowess of Greece, and the lack of defensive prowess in the Czech Republic. Both teams really need a victory if they want to make it out of the group, but Greece may be on the back foot after losing 2 defenders due to ref stupidity red cards and injury.
On the Czech Republic side, the entire team will be looking to forget the horrible loss against Russia. Thankfully they are still in the mix, but a draw may not be enough for them this time around. Since I declared that Russia and Czech Republic will still go through, I’m backing the former commies against the debt squad. Soccer Apologist will be back with a liveblog of this afternoon’s hopefully more exciting match between Russia and Poland. Lineups are below with full names since we don’t know who half the Greek guys are, and try not to make a mess on the furniture.
Greece: Kostas Chalkias, Jose Holebas, Giannis Maniatis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis, Kostas Fortounis, Giorgos Fotakis, Giorgos Karagounis, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Dimitrios Salpingidis, Georgios Samaras.
Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Theodor Gebre Selassie, Tomas Sivok, Tomas Hubschman, Petr Jiracek, Vaclav Pilar, Jaroslav Plasil, Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros.