Thursday 14 December 2017

Supersub Tyton stands tall for Poles

Poland 1 Greece 1

Substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was the hero for Poland in a dramatic opener in Warsaw in which both sides finished with 10 men.

Tyton came off the bench in the second half after Wojciech Szczesny had been sent off for bringing down Dimitris Salpigidis.

The reserve goalkeeper promptly saved the resulting spot-kick from Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis to ensure the points were shared in a wonderfully entertaining match in Group A.

Poland will be kicking themselves, however, after throwing it away having gone in at half-time with a one-goal lead and with Greece down to 10 men after defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off harshly for two innocuous yellow cards.

Robert Lewandowski put Poland deservedly in front after 17 minutes, heading home a cross from Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Perhaps fired up by the injustice of the red card, the Greeks, however, came out in the second half with more determination and equalised when Szczesny misjudged a cross, allowing substitute Salpigidis to score from close range.

Szczesny then tripped Salpigidis in the penalty area and saw red.

But Tyton's first action was the most crucial of the match, saving Karagounis' tame spot-kick.

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