Greece were nothing short of abysmal in the first half of their last encounter against Czech Republic and they were lucky to only be two down at half time.
They did manage to get a goal back in the second half but left themselves with too much to do. It was a game that was winnable if they had put in a decent performance.
Fernando Santos’ men now know that they have to take all three points here against the strongest outfit in the group and should they not qualify, they will look at their last performance as to why they are on the plane home.
Santos’ team are still in with a chance though, all be in a slim one. Tournament football has thrown up bigger surprises but they will have to be at their very best and come out flying.
As for Russia, they could have sealed their place in the quarter-finas had they of held on their lead against Poland. In the end though the game finished 1-1, but they still are the favourites to progress from the group.
Dick Advocaat will be wary of the fact that a team that starts a major tournament flying often struggles to maintain their form throughout the competition so a win here is vital.
Russia have impressed with a team full of hard working, eager to impress players – they also can rely an array of talent on the bench.
Make no doubt about it, Advocaat’s side can go a long way in Euro 2012. They have the personal to cause the big teams trouble, but they need to win this game to keep the mood in the camp high.
This looks to be a great encounter and with so much to play for, it could be a classic.