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Poland's Żewłakow retires after Greece stalemate

Published: Tuesday 29 March 2011, 23.40CET
Greece 0-0 Poland
Former Olympiacos FC defender Michał Żewłakow was substituted to a standing ovation on his 102nd and last outing for Poland.
Poland's Żewłakow retires after Greece stalemate
Loukas Vyntra (right) and Robert Lewandowski both had opportunities to score in Pireaus ©AFP

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Published: Tuesday 29 March 2011, 23.40CET

Poland's Żewłakow retires after Greece stalemate

Greece 0-0 Poland
Former Olympiacos FC defender Michał Żewłakow was substituted to a standing ovation on his 102nd and last outing for Poland.

Greece 0-0 Poland
Michał Żewłakow's 102nd and final appearance for UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland ended in a goalless draw with Greece in Piraeus.

Poland's record appearance-maker and captain for the night was part of the team seeking to atone for Friday's disappointing 2-0 loss to Lithuania. Greece, meanwhile, made wholesale changes from the side which left it late to defeat Malta in qualifying Group F 24 hours later.

Greece fashioned the first chance after ten minutes when Grzegorz Sandomierski stopped a shot from Konstantinos Mitroglou which was heading for the top corner. Three minutes before the break, the Panionios GSS player was denied by the goalkeeper again, Sandomierski saving this time with his legs with Mitroglou unmarked in front of goal.

Poland were not without opportunities, either. In between times, Robert Lewandowski shot wide of the far post, Konstantinos Chalkias kept out Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick and, after 32 minutes, Sławomir Peszko was unable to turn in Jakub Błaszczykowski's inviting left-wing delivery.

The tempo slowed somewhat after the break, though Lewandowski was thwarted by Chalkias within two minutes of the restart following Sandomierski's long clearance. Chalkias was called into action again a minute from time to save Kamil Grosicki's effort before the hosts had a chance to claim victory in added time, when Loukas Vyntra, unmarked, skewed the ball over the crossbar following a corner.

Perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came when Żewłakow was replaced by Tomasz Jodłowiec after 63 minutes. The change had special significance not just for Poland, but also for fans of Olympiacos FC as the 35-year-old former MKE Ankaragücü defender was making his international swansong in the stadium he used to call home while playing for the Athens club between 2006 and 2010.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.34CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Poland

Poland

ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Substitution62
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
MorasVangelis Moras
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Yellow Card3
Substitution76
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution66
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution83
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution73
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
KafesPantelis Kafes
DudkaDariusz Dudka
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution77
SadlokMaciej Sadlok
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
Substitution77
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Yellow Card17
Substitution46
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution58
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Substitution83

Substitutes

LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution66
Yellow Card87
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution62
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution73
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution76
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Substitution77
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
Substitution83
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution77
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Substitution46
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution58
KucharczykMichał Kucharczyk
Substitution83

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Franciszek Smuda (POL)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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