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Greece on fringe of finals

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 23.00CET
Armenia 0-1 Greece Zisis Vryzas moves Group 6 leaders Greece closer to Portugal.

Match statistics

ArmeniaGreece

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 23.00CET

Greece on fringe of finals

Armenia 0-1 Greece Zisis Vryzas moves Group 6 leaders Greece closer to Portugal.

Greece moved within touching distance of a place in the finals of UEFA EURO 2004™ with a hard-fought victory against a determined Armenia side at the Republika stadium in Yerevan.

One win away
The result means that victory against Northern Ireland in Athens on 11 October will guarantee Otto Rehhagel's side top place in Group 6 and automatic qualification for next summer's finals in Portugal.

More possession
Despite the visitors' impressive recent form, it was the home side who began the brighter. Armenia enjoyed more of the ball throughout the first half, but they were unable to really threaten the Greece goal. Artavazd Karamyan and Galust Petrosyan looked lively throughout, however, and it was Petrosyan's burst down the right that led to the home side's only attempt on goal, Arman Karamyan's header from his cross forcing Greek goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis into a diving save.

Headed chances
In contrast, Greece struggled to get into their stride in the opening 45 minutes and created just one chance in the first half-hour, Stylianos Giannakopoulos flashing a header narrowly wide under pressure. However, the opening goal arrived nine minutes before half-time, as a swift counterattack was finished off by Zisis Vryzas, who headed past an exposed Roman Berezovsky from close range.

Half-chance for home side
The second half began in a similar pattern to much of the first, with Armenia enjoying more possession but unable to find a way through a solid and well-organised Greece defence. However, the home side were nearly back on level terms 12 minutes after the break, with Petrosyan again the source. He burst down the right and rode several challenges before his cross was deflected to the feet of Arman Karamyan, whose effort was half-blocked and span behind.

Near miss for Nikolaidis
Armenia pressed the visitors back inside their own half for much of the second half, but it was Greece who looked the more likely scorers, with substitute Themistoklis Nikolaidis coming close to sealing the match in the closing stages. He jinked past three defenders on his way into the penalty area but his low shot was half-stopped by Berezovsky and the loose ball was cleared.

Late drama
Armenia almost snatched a draw in injury time when Ara Hakobyan's deep right-wing cross was met by the diving Petrosyan, but his header bounced up and over the crossbar with Nikopolidis struggling and Greece held on for the points.

Last updated: 10/09/03 23.57CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Greece

Greece

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
3
BilibioKhose Bilibio
3
FyssasTakis Fyssas
4
ZeciuTudor Marian Zeciu
4
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
5
VardanyanHarutyun Vardanyan
Yellow Card47
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
7
Artur PetrosyanArtur Petrosyan
7
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
Substitution88
8
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Goal36
9
SarkisyanAlbert Sarkisyan
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution84
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution64
11
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Yellow Card33
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
HambartsumyanArmando Hambartsumyan
15
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis
16
MovsisyanAndrey Movsisyan
Substitution64
12
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution67
17
Ara HakobyanAra Hakobyan
Substitution88
14
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Substitution84
13
MorozovAnatoly Morozov
17
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
14
Artur MkrtchyanArtur Mkrtchyan
13
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
15
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
18
PartsikianEdouard Partsikian
18
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Jan van Dijk (NED)

Fourth official

Pieter Vink (NED)

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