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Holders Greece take command of group

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.50CET
Greece 3-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The reigning European champions kept their nerve to extend their Group C lead to four points with this win.
Holders Greece take command of group
Angelos Charisteas (right) leads the celebrations after Greece's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target1
 
1
Corners7
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.50CET

Holders Greece take command of group

Greece 3-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The reigning European champions kept their nerve to extend their Group C lead to four points with this win.

Reigning European champions Greece kept their nerve to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina and extend their lead in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group C to four points.

Ten men beaten
Angelos Charisteas's early goal was cancelled out after the break by Mirko Hrgović but he was sent off soon afterwards and Theofanis Gekas and Nikolaos Liberopoulos earned Greece a cushion they needed for the points, given Vedad Ibišević's late strike. Greece sit four points clear of Turkey, held in Moldova today, and five above Norway. Victory in Istanbul on Wednesday would secure the holders' place next June in Austria and Switzerland.

Greece ahead
Greece returned to Athens after two games in Crete and were soon ahead when Charisteas rose to head Christos Patsatzoglou's cross against the bar and then prodded in the rebound. The lead was safe until half-time despite two long-range efforts from Zlatan Muslimović which Antonios Nikopolidis was able to deal with.

Short-lived joy
Yet the goalkeeper was beaten nine minutes into the second half as Hrgović's left-footed free-kick curled into the top corner. His joy was short-lived, however, as he received a straight red card two minutes later for a foul on Angelos Basinas. Greece swiftly made the extra man count when Gekas beat the offside trap and calmly shot in.

Liberopoulos clincher
Liberopoulos, a second-half substitute for Charisteas, then added a third goal to seemingly wrap up the contest with 17 minutes left, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Gekas's shot had cannoned back off an upright. Ibišević ensured a nervy last few moments though by reducing the deficit in the second minute of stoppage time with a neat finish from a loose ball. But Greece held on to claim the victory which all but ended their visitors' hopes.

Last updated: 14/10/07 15.30CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
1
GušoAdnan Gušo (GK)
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
2
BerberovićDžamal Berberović
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
5
BajićBranimir Bajić
3
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card73
13
NadarevićSafet Nadarević
Yellow Card80
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
6
KrunićBranislav Krunić
Substitution46
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović (C)
Substitution82
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
18
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
Goal54
Red Card56
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Yellow Card49
24
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution70
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Yellow Card29
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Goal58
Substitution81
7
BlatnjakDragan Blatnjak
Substitution62
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Goal10
Substitution69
9
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović

Substitutes

13
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
12
Mujkić Denis Mujkić (GK)
28
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
Substitution81
3
MerzićSamir Merzić
Substitution62
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
16
RadeljicIvan Radeljic
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
11
MaletićDarko Maletić
23
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution46
Goal90+2
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution70
17
SalihovićSejad Salihović
Substitution82
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution69
Goal73
23
DžekoEdin Džeko

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Fuad Muzurovic (BIH)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Rafal Rostkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Marek Mikolajewski (POL)

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