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Timely Kurtić prevents Greece victory

Published: Saturday 26 May 2012, 23.15CET
Greece 1-1 Slovenia
A fierce Jasmin Kurtić free-kick four minutes from time cancelled out Vassilis Torossidis' early opener in Kufstein, Austria.
Timely Kurtić prevents Greece victory
Greece's Vassilis Torossidis (left) in action against Slovenia ©AFP
Published: Saturday 26 May 2012, 23.15CET

Timely Kurtić prevents Greece victory

Greece 1-1 Slovenia
A fierce Jasmin Kurtić free-kick four minutes from time cancelled out Vassilis Torossidis' early opener in Kufstein, Austria.

A late free-kick from Slovenia's Jasmin Kurtić denied Greece victory in their first of two friendlies before UEFA EURO 2012.

Olympiacos FC captain Vassilis Torossidis opened the scoring in the eighth minute for Fernando Santos' team in Kufstein, Austria, after being fed by club-mate Giannis Maniatis. The goalscorer soon limped off with a right knee injury, however, and with Slovenia looking increasingly dangerous in the latter stages, Kurtić rifled in a shot via the upright. A disappointing finale for the 2004 European champions was compounded when substitute Panagiotis Kone was sent off.

Things could also have started badly for Greece had Tim Matavž's close-range header went below, rather than narrowly over, the crossbar. Five minutes later, Maniatis found Torossidis on the right and the defender advanced towards goal before beating Samir Handanovič with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

After Torossidis departed, Dare Vršič, Kurtić – with another free-kick – and Matavž all threatened an equaliser before the break, while in the last minute of the half Greece's Giorgos Karagounis and Kostas Katsouranis shot wide from long range.

Greece's attacking play became slicker after the restart and, having survived a scare when Marko Šuler headed off target, Sotiris Ninis crossed to Fanis Gekas, who volleyed wide. Kostas Chalkias seemed to have won the game for Greece when he executed a fine double save to deny Josip Iličić and Šuler, but Slovenia were not to be denied, Kurtić powering in a shot with the aid of a post.

Greece return to Kufstein on Thursday to take on Armenia in their last pre-EURO friendly before meeting tournament co-hosts hosts Poland in Warsaw in the opening game of the finals on 8 June.

 
Last updated: 30/11/12 12.35CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
2
HolebasJosé Holebas
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Yellow Card59
3
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card70
3
ŠulerMarko Šuler
4
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Goal8
Substitution23
4
CesarBoštjan Cesar
5
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
5
JokićBojan Jokić
Substitution21
7
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Substitution64
6
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution46
8
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
7
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
Yellow Card67
Goal87
6
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Red/Yellow Card17
Substitution46
8
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
Substitution85
9
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution72
9
KirmAndraž Kirm
Yellow Card28
Substitution66
10
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
Substitution46
10
ŠišićMirnes Šišić
Substitution46
11
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution65
11
MatavžTim Matavž
Yellow Card45
Substitution79

Substitutes

12
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution23
12
KelharDejan Kelhar
Substitution21
13
MalezasStelios Malezas
Substitution46
13
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution46
14
FortounisKostas Fortounis
Substitution46
14
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution46
Yellow Card84
15
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution64
15
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution66
16
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution65
16
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
Substitution79
17
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution72
Red Card90+2
17
MerteljAleš Mertelj
Substitution85

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Slaviša Stojanovic (SVN)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Markus Hameter (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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