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Istanbul triumph sends Greece through

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.57CET
Turkey 0-1 Greece
Ioannis Amanatidis's goal ensured the European champions will defend their title at UEFA EURO 2008™.
Istanbul triumph sends Greece through
Greece match-winner Ioannis Amanatidis tussles with Turkey forward Gökdeniz Karadeniz for the ball ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyGreece

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Fouls committed10
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.57CET

Istanbul triumph sends Greece through

Turkey 0-1 Greece
Ioannis Amanatidis's goal ensured the European champions will defend their title at UEFA EURO 2008™.

European champions Greece will continue the defence of their title at UEFA EURO 2008™ after qualifying from Group C with victory against rivals Turkey.

Revenge mission
Ioannis Amanatidis scored the only goal in the 79th minute as Otto Rehhagel's side overcame a hostile atmosphere in Istanbul to avenge their 4-1 home defeat by Turkey earlier in the campaign.

Trade of attacks
Greece dominated the early exchanges, twice coming close to the breakthrough when Amanatidis and Theofanis Gekas had good efforts saved by Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel. Fatih Terim's team then began to come into the game with Hamit Altıntop involved in their best work. The flying full-back saw one stinging shot blocked and another fly just off target. Gökdeniz Karadeniz also came close, being denied by a fine stop from Greece keeper Konstantinos Chalkias. Even so, the visitors should have gone ahead on the stroke of half-time when Amanatidis's strike was deflected to safety and Gekas headed wide the resulting corner.

Greece press
The contest continued in the same open and entertaining fashion after the break. Greece midfielder Georgios Karagounis curled an effort just wide from distance on 50 minutes, and Turkey defender Servet Çetin nodded over at the other end. Karagounis had another attempt parried by Demirel while Greece substitute Georgios Samaras drove wide before the deadlock was finally broken.

Amanatidis winner
Samaras picked out the advancing Amanatidis and the forward kept his cool to clip the ball over Demirel and into the net. Turkey almost drew level with four minutes remaining, but substitute Arda Turan's angled shot hit the post. Greece qualify with two matches to spare, leaving Norway and Turkey to vie for second spot.

Last updated: 18/10/07 12.11CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Greece

Greece

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
4
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
22
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
28
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu (C)
Yellow Card55
Substitution71
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
3
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Yellow Card64
7
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
10
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution65
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
8
Ümit KaranÜmit Karan
Substitution46
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution59
18
Gökhan ÜnalGökhan Ünal
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Goal79
17
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution56

Substitutes

23
Serkan KırıntılıSerkan Kırıntılı (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
6
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz
23
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
9
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
Substitution65
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution56
11
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Substitution46
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
14
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution71
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
16
Volkan YamanVolkan Yaman
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
21
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
4
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution59

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Antonio Artero Gallardo (ESP)

Fourth official

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

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