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Nikolaidis double sinks Armenia

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET
Greece 2-0 Armenia Themistoklis Nikolaidis's goals give Greece their first win in Group 6.

Match statistics

GreeceArmenia

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET

Nikolaidis double sinks Armenia

Greece 2-0 Armenia Themistoklis Nikolaidis's goals give Greece their first win in Group 6.

Greece earned a deserved 2-0 victory over Armenia in the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium thanks to two goals from the lively Themistoklis Nikolaidis, reviving their EURO 2004™ Group 6 qualification hopes.

Purpose and precision
The game was a scrappy affair, with 42 fouls in total, but the Greeks' German coach, Otto Rehhagel, will be pleased with his side's determination following defeats against Spain and Ukraine. Greece dominated the first half from the outset. They attacked with purpose and precision, and reaped an early reward.

Pinpoint free kick
After two minutes, playmaker Vassilios Tsartas drifted in a pinpoint free-kick from the right-hand side and an unmarked Nikolaidis placed his header past stranded goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky.

Dangerous delivery
The goal only added to Greece's confidence. The first half contained a catalogue of free-kicks for the hosts, and Tsartas's dangerous deliveries worried the Armenian defence time and again.

Golden opportunity
Yet the visitors did have one golden first-half opportunity. Artur Petrosyan wriggled free on the right, hit the by-line and pulled the ball back for Artavazd Karamyan, who sidefooted over from eight metres.This chance heralded a brief Armenian revival, with Petrosyan and Artur Voskanyan pulling the strings. However, Greece came storming back as half-time approached.

Goal at his mercy
Nikolaidis should have doubled his tally after a Tsartas backheel found him in space with the goal at his mercy. His shot was saved and he connected with nothing but air as he swung at the rebound.

No mistake
Greece looked content to sit on their lead after the break but this confidence threatened to turn into complacency, with Armenia threatening to snatch an equaliser. On 59 minutes, though, Greece scored a crucial second goal. Harutyun Vardanyan failed to clear and the impressive Angelos Basinas made an interception and slid the ball through to an unmarked Nikolaidis. He made no mistake, chipping the ball into the goal.

Three booked
The game turned scrappy thereafter, and three players were booked during a bad-tempered three-minute spell. First Khose Bilibo, then Basinas and finally Traianos Dellas all went into the referee's book. Nikolaidis could have had his hat-trick in the final minute, but he was denied by a superb block from substitute Eghishin Melikyan.

Last updated: 17/10/02 1.29CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Armenia

Armenia

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
2
SarkisyanAlbert Sarkisyan
Substitution82
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
Substitution60
3
BilibioKhose Bilibio
Yellow Card73
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas (C)
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
Yellow Card75
5
VardanyanHarutyun Vardanyan (C)
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Yellow Card73
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Substitution46
7
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution46
7
Artur PetrosyanArtur Petrosyan
8
KafesPantelis Kafes
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
9
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution46
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
Goal2
Goal59
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution66

Substitutes

15
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias
12
HambartsumyanArmando Hambartsumyan
13
FyssasTakis Fyssas
14
MinasyanVardan Minasyan
Substitution46
14
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Substitution46
15
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution66
17
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution46
17
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
Substitution82
12
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Substitution60
13
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
16
PetikyanArmen Petikyan
18
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
18
Artur MkrtchyanArtur Mkrtchyan

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Oskar Lopez (ARG)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Stevo Govedarevic (SVN), Andrej Kokolj (SVN)

Fourth official

Srecko Kandare (SVN)

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