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Greece spoil party for hosts Portugal

Published: Sunday 13 June 2004, 0.56CET
Portugal 1-2 Greece
Giorgios Karagounis and Angelos Basinas scored as Greece began UEFA EURO 2004 with a win.
by Adam Szreter
from Estádio do Dragão

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Match statistics

PortugalGreece

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners10
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:58 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 13 June 2004, 0.56CET

Greece spoil party for hosts Portugal

Portugal 1-2 Greece
Giorgios Karagounis and Angelos Basinas scored as Greece began UEFA EURO 2004 with a win.

Goals from Giorgios Karagounis and Angelos Basinas gave Greece a deserved victory and provided a massive setback to Portugal's hopes of winning UEFA EURO 2004 on home soil, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's late consolation.

It was the first time the hosts had lost the opening match of a UEFA European Championship, a disappointing display from a Portugal side who gave away possession far too easily. Greece, on the other hand, played with great freedom and assurance; no one more than Angelos Charisteas.

Luiz Felipe Scolari unexpectedly announced the Portugal lineup on the eve of the game, Maniche starting in midfield alongside Costinha on the FC Porto pair's club ground, so the main speculation surrounded the fitness of Greece's No1 striker, Demos Nikolaidis, who began on the bench.

In his absence, Charisteas took up a position just behind Zisis Vryzas in attack and in the very first minute they combined to create a great chance. Following Luís Figo's reckless challenge on Karagounis, Vryzas escaped down the left and crossed low. The ball ran invitingly for Charisteas, but the SV Werder Bremen man swung and missed it completely.

The visitors went ahead in the seventh minute. There were audible groans as Paulo Ferreira lost possession to Karagounis midway inside his own half. The FC Internazionale Milano midfielder strode forward and planted a low right-footed shot from 25 metres past the despairing dive of Ricardo.

It could soon have been worse for Portugal. This time it was a former Porto player at fault as Jorge Andrade slipped, but Charisteas shot carelessly wide, while Takis Fyssas volleyed just over from Vryzas's measured cross. By now Figo had been stung into action, and when he crossed for Pauleta at the near post Traianos Dellas had to be alert to the danger. Andrade, up for a set piece, then shot narrowly wide and Pauleta miscontrolled Maniche's through ball as Portugal began to respond.

But Greece were still playing with confidence and Charisteas sent a powerful header over the bar from a corner before testing Ricardo with a more speculative long-range effort. At the other end a Rui Costa header was just off target from Paulo Ferreira's cross, and Simão slipped past Dellas only for Antonios Nikopolidis to race from his line and rescue Greece.

With Rui Costa and Simão exerting little influence, it was no surprise to see Deco, the darling of the local crowd, and Ronaldo taking their places for the second half. Greece, meanwhile, replaced Karagounis with the more defensive-minded Kostas Katsouranis.

Ronaldo's first contribution, though, was to give away the penalty that Basinas converted to double the Greek lead on 51 minutes. Costinha's short pass had been intercepted and Charisteas played Giourkas Seitaridis through into the penalty area. Ronaldo, tracking back, sent the Greek full-back tumbling; referee Pierluigi Collina pointed to the spot.

Most inside the stadium were stunned, Portuguese and Greek alike, although the latter fans soon started to believe what they were seeing and chanted the name of coach Otto Rehhagel. For Portugal, Figo and Ronaldo tried to combine on the left, and the young Manchester United FC winger sent over one or two useful crosses but there was never anyone on the end of them.

Figo and Deco fired over free-kick, and eight minutes from time Ronaldo's goalbound effort deflected to safety off Seitaridis. Substitute Nuno Gomes was then foiled by Nikopolidis on the line before Figo had a shot blocked by Dellas. From the resulting Figo corner, Ronaldo headed in, but it was too little, too late for the host nation.

Last updated: 23/06/14 9.48CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Greece

Greece

1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Yellow Card76
3
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
4
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Goal51
5
CoutoFernando Couto (C)
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis (C)
6
CostinhaCostinha
Yellow Card21
Substitution66
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution68
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution74
9
PauletaPauleta
Yellow Card57
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution46
15
VryzasZisis Vryzas
11
SimãoSimão
Substitution46
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
18
ManicheManiche
20
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Goal7
Yellow Card39
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
22
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
13
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution46
Goal90+3
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
Substitution68
20
DecoDeco
Substitution46
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution46
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution66
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution74
8
PetitPetit
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
13
MiguelMiguel
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas
14
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
16
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
19
TiagoTiago
17
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
22
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos

Coach

Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Narciso Pisacreta (ITA)

Fourth official

Alain Hamer (LUX)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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