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Greece fight back to win in Budapest

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.56CET
Hungary 1-2 Greece
Greece ended their successful UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign on a winning note with a fine comeback in Budapest.
Greece fight back to win in Budapest
Greece celebrate their equaliser against Hungary ©Getty Images

Match statistics

HungaryGreece

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners11
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.56CET

Greece fight back to win in Budapest

Hungary 1-2 Greece
Greece ended their successful UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign on a winning note with a fine comeback in Budapest.

Greece ended their successful UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign on a winning note after coming from a goal down to grind out a victory against Hungary in Budapest.

Basinas winner
Otto Rehhagel's men were fortunate to go in at half-time on level terms having fallen behind to Ákos Buzsáky's early deflected opener. Home defender Vilmos Vanczák threw the visitors a lifeline midway through the first half when he headed past his own goalkeeper before captain Angelos Basinas scored a penalty a minute before the hour to complete a determined comeback from the European champions.

Early opener
Hungary were certainly quicker out of the blocks: Tamás Priskin breaking clear after a mistake by Greece full-back Christos Patsatzoglou, only to be denied by goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias's fine block. Six minutes later, the home pressure yielded the lead as Buzsáky went on a mazy run before firing in a shot which deflected off Konstantinos Katsouranis and over Chalkias.

Hungary chances
Greece levelled on 22 minutes with their first real attack of the match. Katsouranis's right-wing cross was flicked across goal by Alexandros Tziolis and headed into his own net by Vanczák. The title-holders, so convincing in their 5-0 weekend demolition of Malta, were reduced to long-range efforts from Basinas while Peter Várhidi's team continued to carve out decent opportunities. Péter Halmosi should have converted Buzsáky's 31st-minute centre, before Dániel Tőzsér was denied from 20 metres by Chalkias.

Paying the penalty
Relief for Rehhagel came when Greece won a penalty following Hungary keeper Márton Fülöp's foul on Theofanis Gekas – Basinas stepping up confidently to put his side ahead. Vanczák should have equalised on 71 minutes when he sent a free header straight at substitute keeper Antonios Nikopolidis. It was to prove the last chance for Hungary who finished the campaign second-bottom of Group C.

Last updated: 22/11/07 1.34CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Greece

Greece

1
FülöpMárton Fülöp (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
Substitution46
5
SzelesiZoltán Szélesi
3
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card70
3
VaskóTamás Vaskó
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
6
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
Goal22
Yellow Card90+3
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card62
2
VassAdam Vass
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
Goal59
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
Yellow Card29
Substitution85
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution46
16
BuzsákyÁkos Buzsáky
Goal7
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
10
HajnalTamás Hajnal (C)
Substitution76
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
18
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
Substitution81
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution82
9
PriskinTamás Priskin
22
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis

Substitutes

22
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
Substitution46
14
FeczesinRóbert Feczesin
Substitution81
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution82
15
VermesKrisztián Vermes
23
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
4
LeandroLeandro
Substitution85
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
17
FilkorAttila Filkor
Substitution76
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
21
BaloghBéla Balogh
4
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution46

Coach

Péter Várhidi (HUN) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Robert Styles (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), James Devine (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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