The Czech Republic and Greece each recorded 1-0 wins Saturday in the final day of play in Group A to advance to the knockout round, though they each took a different path to get there.
Greece withstood a high-end attacking effort from Russia to book its place in the knockout round. Russia finished with 193 completed passes into the attacking third and 260 touches in that area though it ultimately could not score a goal.
In contrast, Greece was not nearly as busy and converted one of its few chances. Greece completed as many passes overall (193) as Russia completed into the attacking third alone.
Greece has made the most of its limited scoring opportunities at this tournament. Greece has created a tournament-low 10 scoring chances (passes that lead directly to shots) in three group stage matches, including only four against Russia, but managed to score one goal in each of those games.
Giorgos Karagounis’ game-winning goal continued a scoring trend for Greece. It has scored all three of its goals thus far in the penalty area and, since 1980 at the EUROs, Greece has scored 11 of its 12 goals in the box from an average distance of 9.2 yards.
Poland was unable to generate any offense in the second half against the Czech Republic and star Polish striker Robert Lewandowski disappeared in the final 45 minutes for the third straight game.
Lewandowski had only eight touches in the second half against the Czech Republic, which tied him for the fewest of any starting Polish outfield player, and none of those touches came in the penalty area.
The Czech Republic completed 413 passes against Poland, its most in the group stage. The Czech’s completion percentage of 81.1 percent was also its highest to date in the tournament