Greece coach Fernando Santos
played down his mounting defensive problems at Euro 2012 after
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off and fellow centre-back
Avraam Papadopoulos suffered an injury in their 1-1 draw with
Poland on Friday.
Papastathopoulos was harshly dismissed for a second yellow
card just before half-time in the Group A opener and will be
banned for one game. Papadopoulos was substituted in the 37th
"We don't know yet what his condition is. But we have many
players available... we will find a solution sooner or later,"
Santos told reporters.
Santos praised his team's improved performance after a shaky
opening 45 minutes, and their efforts after they were reduced to
10 men just before half-time.
"In the first 20 minutes we didn't pay too much attention.
We knew Poland would go into this game feeling a lot of
pressure. We had a strategy for where we wanted to pressure them
but we didn't manage it... then we improved," he said.
"We succeeded in keeping up the pressure... we were
confident on the pitch, we always thought we could get into the
game again, then the players were very good in the second half."
Greece, who had levelled through substitute Dimitris
Salpingidis, wasted an opportunity to take the lead after
substitute keeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved Giorgos Karagounis's
"He just missed it. This is football," said Santos.
Salpingidis added: "After missing that penalty where all the
pressure was on our player we tried not to lose the game. We
managed to do it and now we've got our point."
Karagounis's miss followed another two missed spot-kicks by
Greece in their friendly with Armenia at the end of last month,
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