Warsaw: Greece pulled off a shock 1-0 win to advance to the Euro 2012 knockout stages at the expense of opponents Russia while the Czech Republic beat Poland by the same score to win Group A and dump the co-hosts out of the tournament.
A goal two minutes into first half injury time by veteran Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis was all it took to take Fernando Santos' side through -- and send the the 4,000-strong travelling Greece fans wild on Saturday.
Euro 2004 winners Greece finish second in Group A ahead of Russia on the head to head rule while the Czech Republic ended up top with six points after Petr Jiracek scored the only goal of the game 18 minutes from time to beat the Poles in Wroclaw.
Russia, who had an estimated 20,000 fans in the National Stadium, finished an agonising third, with Poland propping up the table after two draws and a defeat.
In Warsaw, Dick Advocaat's Russia, with four points in the bag, had been favourites to qualify and needed just a draw to progress if the Czech Republic-Poland match ended with honours even.
But Russia found themselves a goal down after a defensive blunder from Sergei Ignashevich, who failed to get proper contact on a headert, allowing the ball to drop to Karagounis, who gratefully fired past Vyacheslav Malafeev.
Greece - likely to face Germany next - held on for the win but Panathinaikos midfielder Karagounis will miss the quarter-final after he was booked for diving in the Russian box.
In Wroclaw, Poland dominated the first half but were a different team in the second, with another mistake costing the home side dearly, ending their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the European championships for the first time.


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