Robert Lewandowski was named as the Carlsberg Man of the Match in Poland's 1-1 draw against Greece in the first game of UEFA EURO 2012.
Danish goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel, who made the final decision on the Carlsberg Man of the Match, taking into account the results of a poll on UEFA.com, gave the Borussia Dortmund striker his award after the match, and said: "Thanks for such an entertaining game - if this is the standard then fantastic. This young player was one of the players to watch in this tournament, and given the pressure he was under today, to come out and score that goal and perform the way he did, I was very, very impressed."
Lewandowski scored the fourth fastest goal in a UEFA European Championship opening game after seventeen minutes, timing his run to perfection to head Jakub Błaszczykowski's cross into the net. He was to be the focal point as Poland utterly dominated the first half, holding up the ball well, and bringing team-mates into the game as the co-hosts threatened to run riot. Poland faded after the break, but the 23-year-old's willingness did not.
However, his glass was definitely half full at the final whistle. "It is our fault that, after leading 1-0, we let the Greeks come back and draw," he said. "After that, with the penalty [saved by Przemysław Tytoń], we had a bit of luck, and got this draw. It was our own fault that Greece, despite playing only with ten men, were able to create so many chances. The second half, we put in a much weaker performance. I hope we will pay attention to that before the next match, and it will be completely different then."
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