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Five-star Greece confirm first place

Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.15CET
Greece 5-0 Malta
A hat-trick from Theofanis Gekas helped to secure pole position in Group C for the reigning European champions.
Five-star Greece confirm first place
Greece players enjoy the applause of the Athens crowd ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceMalta

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed5
 
6
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.15CET

Five-star Greece confirm first place

Greece 5-0 Malta
A hat-trick from Theofanis Gekas helped to secure pole position in Group C for the reigning European champions.

Greece put five past Malta in the final home match of their successful UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign to secure top spot in Group C.

Party time
Theofanis Gekas scored a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Angelos Basinas and Ioannis Amanatidis as Otto Rehhagel's men celebrated last month's qualification in style.

Early scare
The hosts survived an early scare when Malta could have taken the lead with two chances in a minute midway through the first half. Greece goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis made a great save to deny Andre Schembri and was then thankful to Christos Patsatzoglou for clearing Jamie Pace's goal-bound shot off the line.

Gekas opener
Nonetheless, the European title-holders broke the deadlock after 32 minutes when Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Gekas turned in the rebound following a Stelios Giannakopoulos diving header. The home fans had to wait until nine minutes into the second half for the next goal, though, Basinas sending a looping volley in off the left post. Amanatidis then made it three just past the hour, drilling a right-footed shot beyond Justin Haber.

Hat-trick hero
Gekas completed his treble with two strikes in three minutes – nodding in from close range in the 72nd minute, then controlling Konstantinos Katsouranis's mis-hit before calmly finishing. Greece had several opportunities to extend the scoreline yet could not add to their tally.

Last updated: 19/11/07 10.05CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Malta

Malta

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
1
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
3
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
15
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud (C)
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
Yellow Card51
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
4
SaidBrian Said
Yellow Card61
15
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Substitution48
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
Goal54
2
PullicinoPeter Pullicino
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
18
PaceJamie Pace
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution70
11
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution61
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution46
23
NwokoUdochukwu Nwoko
Yellow Card34
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Goal32
Goal72
Goal74
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution68
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Goal61
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
12
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
5
WellmenStephen Wellmen
22
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
14
ScerriTerence Scerri
Substitution68
23
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Substitution48
16
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
Substitution78
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution70
19
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution46
20
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution61

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Dušan Fitzel (CZE)

Referee

Sten Kaldma (EST)

Assistant referees

Hannes Reinvald (EST), Eduard Rozov (EST)

Fourth official

Kristo Tohver (EST)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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