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Greece edge through despite Russia loss

Published: Monday 21 June 2004, 0.04CET
Russia 2-1 Greece
Greece advanced to the last eight at Spain's expense by the slenderest of margins after losing to Russia.
by Matthew Spiro
from Estádio Algarve
Greece edge through despite Russia loss
Theodoros Zagorakis shows his relief as Greece reach the last eight ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RussiaGreece

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target8
 
7
Corners5
 
8
Fouls committed18
 
16
Yellow cards6
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Monday 21 June 2004, 0.04CET

Greece edge through despite Russia loss

Russia 2-1 Greece
Greece advanced to the last eight at Spain's expense by the slenderest of margins after losing to Russia.

Greece nervously edged into the quarter-finals despite losing their last Group A game 2-1 to Russia. Zisis Vryzas' goal two minutes before half-time ensured that Otto Rehhagel's side qualified along with Portugal, by virtue of having scored more goals than Spain.

Having started the day top of the group, Greece's hopes of reaching the last eight were rocked as Russia raced into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes. Dmitri Kirichenko opened the scoring inside two minutes, the quickest goal in a UEFA European Championship finals match, then Dmitri Bulykin took advantage of some anxious Greece defending to head in a second. Yet Vryzas' well-taken strike ultimately saw Greece through to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history.

Rehhagel opted for an attacking formation, despite his side needing just a point to be sure of a place in the last eight. Panathinaikos FC striker Dimitris Papadopoulos was handed his tournament debut in a three-pronged attack alongside Vryzas and Angelos Charisteas, while Angelos Basinas bolstered a midfield that had lost Stelios Giannakopoulos to injury and Georgios Karagounis to suspension.

Russia, already eliminated after two defeats, made seven changes to the side that lost to Portugal last time out. Vladislav Radimov played the anchor role in a new-look midfield that had Rolan Gusev on the right, Andrei Karyaka on the left and Dmitri Alenichev in the hole behind Bulykin and Kirichenko.

It was Kirichenko's first taste of action in Portugal and the PFC CSKA Moskva striker wasted no time making his mark, scoring Russia's first goal of the campaign. Greece lost concentration at the back as Kostas Katsouranis missed his attempted clearance, allowing Kirichenko to race clear and steer a right-foot shot past Antonios Nikopolidis.

Greece were soon pressing for an equaliser, but their nerves were all too apparent against a Russia side playing without pressure. Alenichev and Gusev looked dangerous every time they broke and Russia soon doubled their lead. Gusev's right-wing corner picked out Bulykin unmarked at the near post and his stooping header flew into the roof of the net.

Kariaka blazed over the crossbar from close range in the 25th minute, before Charisteas squandered a glorious chance to get Greece back in the game. Stelios Venetidis crossed low from the left, but the SV Werder Bremen forward scooped his shot over from six metres out.

The opportunity gave Greece hope, however, and before the interval they struck. Papadopoulos headed a cross from the right into the path of Vryzas, whose clever chest control took him past Roman Sharonov before chipping the ball clinically over goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev and into the net.

Russia coach Georgy Yartsev made a double change at the break, with goalscorer Bulykin making way for Dmitri Sychev and Igor Semshov replacing Karyaka, but Greece were soon on the offensive. Vasilis Tsiartas, who had come on for Basinas just seconds before Greece scored, tested Malafeev with a low 20-metre drive on 50 minutes, then saw his corner headed over by Charisteas.

News that Portugal had taken the lead against Spain was greeted by cheers from the sprinkling of Portuguese fans in the stadium, but seemed to inject more nerves into the Greece team. Russia looked to take advantage and Kirichenko struck an acrobatic volley over the crossbar before Sychev stung the hands of Nikopolidis with a raking drive as Greece held on.

Last updated: 12/01/12 16.30CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Greece

Greece

12
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Yellow Card88
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov
Yellow Card71
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
5
KaryakaAndrei Karyaka
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
Substitution89
8
GusevRolan Gusev
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
Yellow Card86
9
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Goal17
Substitution46
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Substitution42
13
SharonovRoman Sharonov
Yellow Card15
Substitution56
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis (C)
14
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card28
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
15
AlenichevDmitri Alenichev (C)
Yellow Card65
15
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Goal43
Yellow Card45
16
EvseevVadim Evseev
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
18
KirichenkoDmitri Kirichenko
Goal2
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
21
BugaevAleksei Bugaev
22
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
Substitution70

Substitutes

23
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
3
SychevDmitri Sychev
Substitution46
13
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
6
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution46
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution42
17
SennikovDmitri Sennikov
Substitution56
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
Substitution70
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Substitution89
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas
19
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
20
LoskovDmitri Loskov
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
17
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
23
LakisVasilis Lakis

Coach

Georgy Yartsev (URS) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Arnault (FRA), Serge Vallin (FRA)

Fourth official

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

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