Today’s main report reviews the first round of matches from the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine and starts with Group A. You can listen to the report by clicking on the link below, while vocabulary support (in bold) appears at the foot of the report. There is also a worksheet (see left) for learners who wish to improve their English.
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It has to be the two surprise qualifiers from the group: The Czech Republic and Greece. Few would have predicted that these two would make it to the knock-out stages before a ball had been kicked but after the first set of matches in which the Czechs had been thrashed 4-1 by Russia and Greece had drawn 1-1 with co-hosts Poland even fewer would have done so. And yet the Czechs turned on the style against Greece and then defeated the hosts Poland with a tactical masterclass, while Greece simply kept on battling. Their spirit is there for all to see as they came back from a man down and a goal down against Poland in the opening game before surprising everyone with their 1-0 shock win over dark horses Russia in the final game. Great stuff from Greece.
With many people fearing the worst before the tournament started the fact that there were ‘only’ 180 arrests and 24 injuries before the game between Russia and Poland may seem like a relief but the fact that this occurred at all is not a good thing for an otherwise peaceful Euros. Pretty ugly.
Download Worksheet Euro 2012-Group A Review
Few would have predicted: Not many people thought this would happen
before a ball had been kicked: Before the tournament had started
thrashed: Heavily beaten
turned on the style: Played really well, played in a very good manner (style)
a man down: Had a man sent off
this was deemed to be: This (group) was supposed (seen as) to be
a demolition: A heavy defeat, a heavy thrashing
to shine: To play well