Arsenal star: My Euro 2012 dreams could be over

10:43 09 June 2012

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny a straight red card

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny a straight red card


Wojciech Szczesny could lose his place in the Poland side after being sent off against Greece

Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny admitted that he suffered a nightmare game for Poland against Greece and could lose his place to Przemek Tytoń for the remainder of Euro 2012.

Szczesny was blamed for Greece’s equaliser and then was sent off when he brought down Dimitris Salpingidis before Tytoń saved the resulting penalty from Giorgos Karagounis.

“To some extent, yes [it was a nightmare for me],” Szczesny told reporters after the game. “But it would have been the worst possible nightmare if the Greeks had converted the penalty.

“Przemek [Tytoń] saved that brilliantly. I immediately felt that it eased some pressure on me. I won’t be remembering this match well though.

“It was a penalty, for sure. Was it a red card? It’s hard for me to say, I haven’t seen the replays yet to see where the ball was heading to. But I didn’t argue and had to accept it. I was still in the tunnel when the penalty was taken and I was really happy that it was saved - some pressure went off.

“[For the first goal] a cross was coming on to the near post, I was trying to get there in front of everyone but we just all collided. The ball could have dropped anywhere - into my hand, to defenders or a Greek striker - and it happened to be the latter. A bit of a typical mess in the box, really.

“I won’t play against Russia, that’s for sure,” added Szczesny. “It’s up to the head coach if I play after the suspension against the Czech Republic. It’s hard to say. Przemek played well today and if he does the same against Russia, he will probably keep his place in the team.”

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