Poland and Greece both had a man sent off as an eventful opening match of Euro 2012 ended in a draw.

Robert Lewandowski headed Poland into the lead before Greece's woes continued with the sending off of Sokratis Papastathopoulos before the break.

Dimitris Salpingidis fired in the equaliser after the restart before he was brought down by keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was shown a straight red.

But Giorgos Karagounis's penalty was saved by substitute Przemyslaw Tyton.

Match analysis

At half-time I thought the Greeks were buried - down to 10 men and a goal down but credit to them for coming back. Salpingidis came on and transformed things. Szczesny was to blame for the penalty. I don't know why he went with his feet.

It was a remarkable first match of the European Championship.

Few would have predicted that Greece would come away from the opening game with anything more than a defeat following a horrendous first-half display.

And co-hosts Poland - roared on by a partisan home crowd - dominated long periods of this opening encounter and will feel that victory should have been secured even though they would have lost but for the penalty save.

Poland, playing in their first competitive game in two years, frequently exploited their opponents' poorly defended left-hand side during the opening spell of the match.

The first goal threat came from that side when Lukasz Piszczek, who looked lively on the wing, beat his marker and delivered into the area where Lewandowski controlled and fed Ludovic Obraniak, whose shot was blocked.

Euro 2012 goal: Lewandowski scores for Poland

Murawski was next to cause butterflies in the Greek defence when his shot was tipped over by veteran keeper Kostas Chalkias.

The breakthrough came in the 17th minute when Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski was left unmarked at the far post to head in Blaszczykowski's brilliant cross from the right.

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo had let the game flow up until then, but shortly after the goal he showed the first yellow card of the tournament to Papastathopoulos, who appeared to fairly challenge for a header.

Giorgos Karagounis

The Spanish official then delivered a huge blow to the Greeks when he brandished a second yellow followed by a red to Papastathopoulos.

The defender was judged to have held back forward Obraniak, who seemed to slip as he was trying escape his marker.

It seemed luck was not on the side of the Fernando Santos's team, but they came out after the break revitalised.

The new vigour paid dividends when substitute Salpingidis fired in the loose ball following poor communication between Szczesny and defender Marcin Wasilewski.

Moments later, Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras, arguably Greece's best player on the night, should have given his side the lead, but he hopelessly mis-hit his shot from three yards.

The 2004 champions were handed a glorious chance to steal the points 20 minutes from time when Szczesny brought down Salpingidis in the area.

Tyton came on to replace the Arsenal keeper between the posts and, with his first touch, saved Karagounis's spot-kick low down to his right.

Greece's next Group A match is against the Czech Republic on Tuesday at 17:00 BST, which will be followed by the eagerly awaited clash between rivals Poland and Russia.

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Poland

  • 01 Szczesny Dismissed
  • 02 Boenisch
  • 13 Wasilewski
  • 15 Perquis
  • 20 Piszczek
  • 07 Polanski
  • 08 Rybus (Tyton - 69' )
  • 10 Obraniak
  • 11 Murawski
  • 16 Blaszczykowski
  • 09 Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 12 Sandomierski
  • 22 Tyton
  • 03 Wojtkowiak
  • 04 Kaminski
  • 14 Wawrzyniak
  • 05 Dudka
  • 06 Matuschyk
  • 18 Mierzejewski
  • 19 Wolski
  • 21 Grosicki
  • 17 Sobiech
  • 23 Brozek

Greece

  • 01 Chalkias
  • 02 Maniatis
  • 08 A Papadopoulos (K Papadopoulos - 36' )
  • 15 Torosidis
  • 19 Papastathopoulos Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 20 Holebas Booked
  • 10 Karagounis Booked
  • 18 Ninis (Salpingidis - 46' )
  • 21 Katsouranis
  • 07 Samaras
  • 17 Gekas (Fortounis - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Tzorvas
  • 13 Sifakis
  • 03 Tzavelas
  • 04 Malezas
  • 05 K Papadopoulos
  • 06 Makos
  • 16 Fotakis
  • 22 Fortounis
  • 23 Ioannnis
  • 09 Liberopoulos
  • 11 Mitroglou
  • 14 Salpingidis
Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Att: 56,826

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

5 1

Corners

4 3

Fouls

18 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +0:19

Inswinging corner taken by Ludovic Obraniak.

86:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Damien Perquis. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Giorgos Karagounis from right channel, clearance made by Robert Lewandowski.

85:28

Vassilis Torosidis fouled by Sebastian Boenisch, the ref awards a free kick. Kostas Chalkias takes the direct free kick.

84:09

Effort from inside the area by Robert Lewandowski misses to the right of the target.

83:27

Giorgos Karagounis takes a shot.

82:18

Eugen Polanski takes a shot. Save made by Kostas Chalkias.

79:46

Georgios Samaras takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

78:54

Jakub Blaszczykowski challenges Giannis Maniatis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Giannis Maniatis.

76:52

Vassilis Torosidis takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.

76:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jakub Blaszczykowski on Jose Holebas. Kostas Chalkias takes the free kick.

75:17

Unfair challenge on Jakub Blaszczykowski by Giannis Maniatis results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Eugen Polanski.

74:28

Jose Holebas concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Lewandowski. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ludovic Obraniak from right channel.

73:56

Kostas Fortounis is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Przemyslaw Tyton.

72:46

Sebastian Boenisch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Jose Holebas.

71:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Boenisch by Dimitris Salpingidis. Free kick taken by Sebastian Boenisch.

70:28 Penalty

Penalty taken by Giorgos Karagounis is saved by Przemyslaw Tyton. Poland 1-1 Greece.

68:26 Substitution

Substitution Przemyslaw Tyton comes on in place of Maciej Rybus.

68:26 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Wojciech Szczesny a red card.

68:06

Penalty awarded for a foul by Wojciech Szczesny on Dimitris Salpingidis.

67:20 Substitution

Substitution Kostas Fortounis is brought on as a substitute for Theofanis Gekas.

65:57

Header on goal by Maciej Rybus from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

64:27

Unfair challenge on Vassilis Torosidis by Maciej Rybus results in a free kick. Kostas Chalkias takes the free kick.

63:44

Eugen Polanski takes a shot. Giorgos Karagounis gets a block in.

62:32

Georgios Samaras produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

60:49

Unfair challenge on Vassilis Torosidis by Maciej Rybus results in a free kick. Kostas Chalkias takes the free kick.

59:27

Dimitris Salpingidis concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Boenisch. Sebastian Boenisch restarts play with the free kick.

56:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Lewandowski by Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Ludovic Obraniak shoots direct from the free kick.

53:36

Lukasz Piszczek takes the direct free kick.

53:36 Booking

Booking Giorgos Karagounis is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

53:29

The referee penalises Giorgos Karagounis for handball.

52:35

Sebastian Boenisch challenges Dimitris Salpingidis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vassilis Torosidis takes the free kick.

50:11

Assist by Giorgos Karagounis.

50:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Dimitris Salpingidis - Poland 1 - 1 Greece Goal scored by Dimitris Salpingidis from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Poland 1-1 Greece.

49:44

Rafal Murawski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

47:24

Effort on goal by Robert Lewandowski from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46:27

Shot by Maciej Rybus.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Dimitris Salpingidis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sotiris Ninis.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafal Murawski on Vassilis Torosidis. Direct free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

45:00 +1:14 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jose Holebas a yellow card.

44:01

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Boenisch, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Damien Perquis misses to the right of the target.

44:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Socratis Papastathopoulos is shown a red card for second bookable offence.

43:41

Socratis Papastathopoulos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafal Murawski.

43:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Eugen Polanski. Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

40:59

Corner taken by Sotiris Ninis from the right by-line, clearance made by Marcin Wasilewski.

39:36

Corner taken by Ludovic Obraniak, save made by Kostas Chalkias.

39:09

Sotiris Ninis takes the outswinging corner, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

38:41

Corner taken by Sotiris Ninis from the right by-line, clearance made by Eugen Polanski.

36:48

Shot by Damien Perquis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

34:50

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Sebastian Boenisch from left channel.

34:50 Substitution

Substitution Kyriakos Papadopoulos comes on in place of Avraam Papadopoulos.

34:50 Booking

Booking Socratis Papastathopoulos receives a yellow card.

34:43

Socratis Papastathopoulos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Lewandowski.

32:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ludovic Obraniak on Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

27:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Boenisch on Sotiris Ninis. Sotiris Ninis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Sebastian Boenisch.

26:21

Giorgos Karagounis challenges Ludovic Obraniak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ludovic Obraniak delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Socratis Papastathopoulos makes a clearance.

25:30

Corner taken by Ludovic Obraniak, save by Kostas Chalkias.

23:46

Shot by Kostas Katsouranis went wide left of the target.

22:15

Sotiris Ninis challenges Rafal Murawski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Boenisch takes the direct free kick.

16:46

The assist for the goal came from Jakub Blaszczykowski.

16:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert Lewandowski - Poland 1 - 0 Greece Robert Lewandowski scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Poland 1-0 Greece.

15:50

Effort from the edge of the area by Robert Lewandowski goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:51

The ball is delivered by Lukasz Piszczek.

11:57

Effort on goal by Jakub Blaszczykowski from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

11:14

Theofanis Gekas produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

10:27

Damien Perquis challenges Theofanis Gekas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Giorgos Karagounis takes the direct free kick.

8:37

Unfair challenge on Avraam Papadopoulos by Robert Lewandowski results in a free kick. Avraam Papadopoulos takes the direct free kick.

7:34

Jakub Blaszczykowski fouled by Jose Holebas, the ref awards a free kick. Jakub Blaszczykowski restarts play with the free kick.

5:45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Theofanis Gekas. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

4:54

Maciej Rybus produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

4:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ludovic Obraniak, clearance by Avraam Papadopoulos.

4:13

Ludovic Obraniak takes a shot. Rafal Murawski takes a shot. Kostas Chalkias makes a save. Socratis Papastathopoulos gets a block in.

2:45

Theofanis Gekas concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcin Wasilewski. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

2:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eugen Polanski on Giorgos Karagounis. Free kick crossed right-footed by Giorgos Karagounis from left wing.

1:09

Robert Lewandowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Socratis Papastathopoulos. Direct free kick taken by Kostas Chalkias.

0:35

Handball by Jakub Blaszczykowski. Direct free kick taken by Avraam Papadopoulos.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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