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Greek glee in Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.00CET
Northern Ireland 0-2 Greece Nine-man Northern Ireland are undone by Angelos Charisteas' double strike.

Match statistics

Northern IrelandGreece

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards2
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.00CET

Greek glee in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland 0-2 Greece Nine-man Northern Ireland are undone by Angelos Charisteas' double strike.

Two goals from Angelos Charisteas secured Greece a 2-0 victory over nine-man Northern Ireland in their EURO 2004™ Group 6 qualifier. The win reignited Greece’s hopes of qualifying for Portugal but left a deflated Northern Irish side bottom of the group without a win in 17 months and no goals in 792 minutes.

First opening
Northern Ireland created the first opening in the opening minute but Grant McCann’s header from a looping Keith Gillespie cross fell into the arms of goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis. Greece gave early warning of their attacking threat a minute later as Stylianos Giannakopoulos met a loose ball six metres from the Northern Ireland goal but home goalkeeper Maik Taylor did well to parry the low drive.

Charisteas opener
However, the visitors were ahead on three minutes when Angelos Charisteas raced on to a pass from Vassilios Tsartas to round Taylor before rolling the ball into the empty net. The goal certainly settled Greece and the impressive Tsartas was at the centre of most of their good work through the middle of the pitch. The playmaker almost picked out Charisteas once again on six minutes but the home defence was alert to the danger.

Lomas fires over
Northern Ireland did, however, create some space along the flanks with Gillespie finding McCann at the back post on 12 minutes only for Steve Lomas to fire over the crossbar from eight metres.

Kyrgiakos and Quinn clash
Lomas then pulled back a ball from the by-line on 17 minutes but Nikolaos Dabizas cleared the danger and as the subsequent attack pettered out defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos collapsed holding his face as James Quinn closed in.

Tempers simmer
Three minutes later Quinn was left on the ground by a stray Greek arm and was forced off the field for treatment. Tempers continued to simmer as a number of niggling challenges disrupted any flow to the match. Then on 40 minutes Quinn's frustrations boiled over and a high challenge Karagounis led to the striker receiving a red card.

Architects of downfall
Northern Ireland continued to be architects of their own downfall early in the second half and on 55 minutes a poor back pass from George McCartney ran to Charisteas who hit the ball beyond the stranded Taylor to double the visitor's advantage.

Energy sapping
Greece made their one-man advantage count from that point as Northern Ireland were forced into energy-sapping hunts for the ball. However, the tireless Gillespie intercepted a pass only to have his progress towards goal blocked by the imposing Kyrgiakos who was yellow-carded. On 69 minutes Northern Ireland were reduced to nine men when Gillespie was adjudged to have committed a late challenge on Kyrgiakos on the edge of the Greece penalty area.

Craigan comes close
To their credit Northern Ireland continued to press forward and almost scored a consolation goal on 83 minutes but Stephen James Craigan could only direct his side-footed shot from six metres against the crossbar.

Last updated: 29/03/04 14.44CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Greece

Greece

1
TaylorMaik Taylor
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
2
HughesAaron Hughes
2
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
3
McCartneyGeorge McCartney
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
Yellow Card11
Substitution71
4
CraiganStephen Craigan
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas
5
WilliamsMark Williams
Yellow Card36
5
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card62
6
LomasSteve Lomas
Yellow Card88
6
Konstantinos KonstantinidisKonstantinos Konstantinidis
7
GillespieKeith Gillespie
Red Card69
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
8
JohnsonDamien Johnson
8
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card26
9
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution67
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Goal4
Goal55
10
QuinnJames Quinn
Red Card39
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution74
11
McCannGrant McCann
Substitution67
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
Substitution40

Substitutes

12
FettisAlan Fettis
15
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias
14
KirkAndrew Kirk
Substitution67
12
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution74
16
McVeighPaul McVeigh
Substitution67
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Substitution71
13
ElliottStuart Elliott
16
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Substitution40
15
M DuffMichael Duff
13
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
17
TonerCiaran Toner
17
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
18
BairdChris Baird
18
LakisVasilis Lakis

Coach

Samuel Mcilroy (NIR) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

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