KLAGENFURT, Austria Lukas Podolski scored both goals Sunday night to give three-time champion Germany a brilliant start at the European Championship with a 2-0 win over Poland. The Germans have not been beaten by Poland in 16 meetings over 75 years.
Podolski was born in Poland but came to Germany in his childhood and became a German citizen. Normally a striker, Podolski got to start as a left midfielder and justified the selection by scoring after 20 minutes. Mario Gomez smartly flicked the ball through Poland's back line to Miroslav Klose, who squared it to Podolski at the far post. Podolski coolly tapped it in, with goalkeeper Artur Boruc scrambling to get back in position.
In the 73rd, Bastian Schweinsteiger shook off a half-hearted challenge by Pawel Golanski and fed Klose. He mis-hit the ball, but it bounced to Podolski, whose powerful left-footed volley clinched it.
CROATIA 1, AUSTRIA 0: At Vienna, Austria, Luka Modric scored from the penalty spot, then Croatia struggled to hold on against a desperate Austrian team. Modric put his team ahead in the fourth minute of the Group B match after Rene Aufhauser brought down Ivica Olic in the area. Dutch referee Pieter Vink awarded the penalty and Austria defender Emanuel Pogatetz was then given a yellow card for protesting. With goalkeeper Juergen Macho diving to his right, Modric sent the ball low and into the middle of the net.
Croatia then assumed control for another 40 minutes before the co-hosts began threatening with some consistency. The Austrians, lowest-ranked of the 16 tournament teams 92nd in the world to Croatia's 15th simply could not finish their chances.