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Greece late show denies Moldova

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.50CET
Greece 2-1 Moldova A last-minute strike from Nikolaos Liberopoulos gave Greece victory over Moldova to extend their lead in Group C to five points.
Greece late show denies Moldova
Nikolaos Liberopoulos celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceMoldova

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners7
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.50CET

Greece late show denies Moldova

Greece 2-1 Moldova A last-minute strike from Nikolaos Liberopoulos gave Greece victory over Moldova to extend their lead in Group C to five points.

A last-minute goal from Nikolaos Liberopoulos gave Greece a crucial victory over Moldova in Heraklion which extended their lead at the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ Group C to five points.

Late drama
Liberopoulos, a 63rd-minute substitute, reacted quickest to slot home from close range five minutes into stoppage time as he got on the end of Sotirios Kyrgiakos's flick-on. Greece ended the day five points clear of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey - who have played a game less - and Norway. For their part, Moldova remained rooted to the foot of the table with two points.

Breakthrough goal
Theofanis Gekas almost gave the European title-holders a dream start but his effort was cleared off the line by Alexandru Epureanu, before Moldova roused themselves with a Serghei Alexeev shot from distance that was parried by Antonios Nikopolidis. The keeper was in action again on 27 minutes when he raced from his goal to block the danger from Igor Bugaiov. Greece responded to that scare by taking the lead on the half-hour as Angelos Charisteas rose to nod Christos Patsatzoglou's right-wing centre past Nicolai Calancea. The Feyenoord striker also turned provider moments before half-time, crossing for Gekas whose header glanced off the post.

Frenzied finale
Greece seemed content to sit on their cushion in the second period and were shocked by Moldova's equaliser ten minutes from time. Another substitute, Viorel Frunza, ran on to Nicolae Josan's through-pass and blasted in a powerful low shot. Otto Rehhagel's men finally upped the tempo and were rewarded with Liberopoulos's late, late show. Greece will aim to take a step closer to qualification when they visit Norway on 12 September, while Moldova will chase their first victory of the campaign at home to the same opposition four days earlier.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.36CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Moldova

Moldova

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
1
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
5
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
2
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
3
CatînsusValeriu Catînsus (C)
3
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Substitution83
6
Se. NamascoSerghei Namasco
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
11
BordianVitalie Bordian
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card60
17
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc
Substitution82
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
4
JosanNicolae Josan
Yellow Card11
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution71
8
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
Yellow Card34
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Goal30
7
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution64
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution63
9
BugaevIgor Bugaev
Substitution50

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
12
PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco (GK)
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
16
SavinovAlexei Savinov
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
18
FrunzăViorel Frunză
Substitution64
Goal80
4
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution71
15
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution82
Yellow Card89
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution83
14
ZmeuDenis Zmeu
Substitution50
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution63
Goal90+3
13
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Igor Dobrovolski (RUS)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Wijnand Rutgers (NED), Hans Ten Hoove (NED)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

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