Thousands of Greeks took to the streets Saturday evening to celebrate their national team's surprise 1-0 victory over Russia at Euro 2012.
In every major square in the country thousands of Greeks had gathered to watch the match on large television screens and they broke out in loud cheers when veteran captain Giorgos Karagounis scored the only goal late in the first half.
"I thank God for letting us celebrate such moments," Karagounis told Greek television station ET after the match in Warsaw. "We did not give up. We can compare this to our cherished moments in Portugal in 2004."
"We believed all day that we would not return back to Athens (after the group phase). We kept our promise to all. All Greeks can now celebrate," Karagounis said.
"When we are united, no one can stop us," he added.
Greek players celebrate after the Euro 2012 championships football match Greece vs Russia on June 16, 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS