Euro 2012: Shock results and changing fortunes
Russia...proved perfectly that it's not how you start your campaign that matters, it's very much how you end it.
Greece and Czech Republic progress as Russia, who looked so impressive during their 4-1 win over the Czech Republic last week, are eliminated.
Group A was turned completely on its head tonight as both Russia and co-hosts Poland crashed out of Euro 2012 thanks to 1-0 defeats to Greece and the Czech Republic respectively.
Elimination for Russia will be bitterly disappointing given the fact that they won their opening game in comprehensive fashion, and the nation they beat 4-1 in that game - Czech Republic - eventually won the group.
Dick Advocaat's Russia side needed only a draw against Greece to qualify, and they looked well on course for that after dominating much of the first period. But deep into first half injury time Giorgos Karagounis broke free to fire 2004 champions Greece in front and put them into a position to qualify. Karagounis was matched at 38.0 in the First Goalscorer market, whilst the 0-0 HT Score was matched at the minimum 1.01 before the late drama.
The scoreline in Warsaw meant that both Russia and Greece were still in pole position to qualify from the group as Poland and Czech Republic were drawing 0-0 at the interval. But with both those nations facing elimination if that score stayed the same there was always the possibility of a second half goal.
And it was the Czech Republic that got it through Petr Jiracek, much to the dismay of the home support. Jiracek was matched at 25.0 to open the scoring in Wroclaw.
With Poland and Russia needing at least one goal to keep their Euro 2012 hopes alive it was surprising to see both sides run out of ideas as the final whistle approached, though the Czech Republic needed a goal-line clearance in the last minute of stoppage time to keep them alive.
After losing their opening game 4-1 to Russia the Czech's were matched at 32.0 to win the group whilst Greece were backed at a high of 16.0 to qualify. Russia - who were matched at a low of just 1.02 to make it out of their group after their opening game romp - proved perfectly that it's not how you start your campaign that matters, it's very much how you end it.
Despite their qualification both the Czech Republic @ Betfair odds of (42.0) and Greece (55.0) are relative outsiders in the Euro 2012 Winner market. Spain remain the (3.45) favourites, just ahead of Germany (3.55)