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Greece winning in the rain

Published: Sunday 8 October 2006, 0.15CET
Greece 1-0 Norway Reigning champions Greece just about maintained their 100 per cent start to their qualifying campaign in a rain-soaked Athens.
Greece winning in the rain
Konstantinos Katsouranis celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceNorway

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners4
 
6
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Sunday 8 October 2006, 0.15CET

Greece winning in the rain

Greece 1-0 Norway Reigning champions Greece just about maintained their 100 per cent start to their qualifying campaign in a rain-soaked Athens.

Reigning champions Greece maintained their winning start to their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign on Saturday with a hard-fought victory against Norway in a rain-soaked Athens.

Kick-off delayed
Konstantinos Katsouranis's first-half volley gave Otto Rehhagel's side all three points in a tightly-contested Group C encounter which was delayed for 50 minutes after a thunderstorm drenched the pitch before kick-off. Stewards with brooms saved the day as they swept away the water and referee Ľuboš Micheľ gave the go-ahead.

Early efforts
Having begun their title defence with a 1-0 success in Moldova, Greece took on a Norway side with two wins to their name and dominated possession early on even with UEFA EURO 2004™ player of the tournament Theodoros Zagorakis dropped to the bench. Giourkas Seitaridis shot just over and Nikolaos Liberopoulos went close with a header, before Greece goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis was called into action to tip over Fredrik Strømstad's volley after John Arne Riise's free-kick was flicked on by Steffen Iversen.

Greece ahead
Ole Gunnar Solskjær had two good chances for Norway within the space of five minutes, first firing wide then being dispossessed by Nikopolidis as the striker attempted to round the keeper. But it was Greece who opened the scoring, Katsouranis rifling in after Liberopoulos knocked down a Georgios Karagounis free-kick.

Pace slows
Stylianos Giannakopoulos was replaced by Angelos Charisteas at half-time as Rehhagel looked for more goals, but it was the visitors who could have levelled 12 minutes into the second half when Solskjær mis-kicked after good work by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Gradually the pace of the game diminished, although Norway coach Åge Hareide sent on Ole Martin Årst and Daniel Braaten late on.

Late chances
Årst headed just wide in the last minute but the final opportunity fell to Greece substitute Ioannis Amanatidis who hit the post with a first-time strike from a Georgios Samaras cross. Greece, level on six points with Turkey and Norway - who have played a match more - go to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday. Norway also face that nation in their next group game on 24 March.

Last updated: 08/10/06 0.25CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Norway

Norway

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
1
MyhreThomas Myhre (GK)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
3
HagenErik Hagen
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution46
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution90
7
StrømstadFredrik Strømstad
Substitution60
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
8
AndresenMartin Andresen (C)
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal32
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Yellow Card63
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
27
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Yellow Card44
17
RambekkAnders Rambekk
Substitution85
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
Yellow Card78
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Yellow Card75
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution71
22
HæstadKristofer Hæstad

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
23
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
3
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Substitution90
9
ÅrstOle Martin Årst
Substitution85
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution46
26
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution60
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution71
2
Svindal LarsenTommy Svindal Larsen
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
13
KippeFrode Kippe
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
15
M. JohnsonMarius Johnson
22
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
21
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)

Fourth official

Vladimir Hrinak (SVK)

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