Stylianos Giannakopoulos said today that Greece's quarter-final defeat of France had left the players "dreaming of winning" UEFA EURO 2004™.
Greece arrived in Portugal as rank outsiders, having never won a game in a final tournament. However, they progressed from Group A at the expense of Spain before putting paid to France's hopes with a 1-0 victory at the Estádio José Alvalade on Friday. Angelos Charisteas's 65th-minute header means Greece will play the winners of tonight's final quarter-final between the Czech Republic and Denmark in the last four.
"We don't have a preference but we would like to remain as outsiders and play the Czechs so that the pressure is on our opponents," said Giannakopoulos, who sat out the quarter-final because of a calf injury. "Every game is tough but at this stage our dream has come true. So now we are dreaming of the final and lifting the cup and we don't care who we play next."
The Bolton Wanderers FC midfield player trained today and hopes to be fit for Thursday's semi-final at the Estádio do Dragão. "I'm getting there and I hope I will ready," Giannakopoulos said. The squad left Vila do Conde at noon today and will set up camp in the historic town of Braga, located 55km from Porto.
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