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Greece recover to hold Russia in Piraeus

Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 22.58CET
Greece 1-1 Russia
The home side recovered from conceding an early Roman Shirokov goal, Kostas Katsouranis coming to their rescue with a headed finish.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
Greece recover to hold Russia in Piraeus
Greece's Vassilis Torossidis (left) shields the ball from Roman Shirokov of Russia during their 1-1 draw ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 22.58CET

Greece recover to hold Russia in Piraeus

Greece 1-1 Russia
The home side recovered from conceding an early Roman Shirokov goal, Kostas Katsouranis coming to their rescue with a headed finish.

UEFA EURO 2012 finalists Greece and Russia shared the spoils in Piraeus, with Kostas Katsouranis equalising after Roman Shirokov had given the visitors an early lead.

FC Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Shirokov was on the scoresheet within two minutes of kick-off, with his effort taking a crucial deflection off his marker, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, to beat Alexandros Tzorvas in the Greek goal. However, Fernando Santos's men pegged their guests back, with Katsouranis's header bringing a good team move to a positive conclusion on the hour.

Left reeling by that early goal, Greece might have conceded a second, but Andrey Arshavin fired just wide, and Dimitris Salpingidis found the target similarly elusive at the other end with the home side's best chance of the first half. The pace increased after the break, and Aleksei Berezutski needed to be on his toes to intercept a Salpingidis cross with Fanis Gekas lurking.

Russia's substitute goalkeeper Anton Shunin made a decent save to deny Giorgios Samaras, and Tzorvas won out when debutant Aleksandr Kokorin went through on the other goal before Greece got their equaliser. Salpingidis, Katsouranis and Alexandros Tziolis were all involved in the build-up with Gekas crossing for Katsouranis to nod into the net.

Greece might have done even better; Gekas headed against the post on 71 minutes, and Nikos Liberopoulos sent a spectacular volley just over in the dying minutes.

Greece: Tzorvas, Torossidis, Holebas, Papadopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Katsouranis (Makos 88), Fotakis (Liberopoulos 80), Karagounis (Tziolis 56), Salpingidis (Kone 68), Gekas (Mitroglou 77), Samaras (Charisteas 56).

Russia: Malafeev (Shunin 46), Anyukov, V. Berezutski (A. Berezutski 46), Ignashevich, Zhirkov (Shishkin 67), Zyryanov (Glushakov 79), Denisov, Shirokov (Bilyaletdinov 84), Dzyuba (Kokorin 46), Arshavin, Dzagoev.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.37CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Russia

Russia

TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Substitution46
HolebasJosé Holebas
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution46
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution66
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
Substitution80
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Goal2
Yellow Card83
Substitution84
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution57
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution79
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal60
Yellow Card76
Substitution88
DenisovIgor Denisov
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
Substitution56
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution77
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution68
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Substitution46

Substitutes

MakosGrigoris Makos
Substitution88
ShuninAnton Shunin (GK)
Substitution46
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution56
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
Substitution46
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution57
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Substitution46
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution68
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
Substitution66
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution77
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
Substitution79
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution80
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution84

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

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