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Greece grind out draw in Croatia

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.15CET
Croatia 0-0 Greece
Croatia had to settle for a draw after the visitors' concerted rearguard action earned them a point in Zagreb.
by Peter Murphy
from Stadion Maksimir

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Match statistics

CroatiaGreece

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
4
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.15CET

Greece grind out draw in Croatia

Croatia 0-0 Greece
Croatia had to settle for a draw after the visitors' concerted rearguard action earned them a point in Zagreb.

Croatia were forced to settle for a goalless draw in Group F after a concerted rearguard action allowed Greece to escape Zagreb with a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying point.

Greece had come from behind to draw 1-1 with Georgia four days earlier after conceding inside three minutes, but Fernando Santos's team started as they meant to go on at the Stadion Maksimir. On a frustrating night, Slaven Bilić's men dominated possession but struggled to break down a well-drilled defensive wall, with second-half efforts from substitutes Nikica Jelavić and Eduardo the closest Croatia came to breaking through.

The home side had begun brightly, moving the ball swiftly through Niko Kranjčar and Luka Modrić, the latter back after a thigh injury forced him to miss Friday's 3-0 win in Latvia. With the wing-backs providing attacking width and the impressive Danijel Pranjić often involved, Croatia looked intent on getting an early opener. However, a deflected Kranjčar effort after eight minutes, pushed for a corner by goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis, was as close as they would come before half-time.

Greece contained, harried and after 18 minutes went close to an opener when Georgios Samaras pounced on Vedran Ćorluka's miscontrol and chipped just wide. The chance was a rarity, though the game sparked to life at the start of the second period when substitute Jelavić and Georgios Tzavelas had efforts ruled out for offside and a foul respectively. Another Croatia replacement, Ivan Rakitić, also went close with a long-range shot tipped behind for a corner from which Ćorluka headed just wide.

Back came Croatia, chipping away at Avraam Papadopoulos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and, as tiredness set in, chinks appeared in Greece's back line in the closing stages. Jelavić, Kranjčar and Pranjić were all unable to capitalise, however, while substitute Eduardo could not get enough on Rakitić's late inswinging corner.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.34CET

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Quotes

  • Luka Modrić

    Read more"There are a lot of games to come, so nothing is lost yet. The Greeks played very well tactically. We will fight for first place though"

  • Giorgos Karagounis

    "We proved to everyone and to ourselves that we can achieve a good result against a strong side, 0-0 is a great success"

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Greece

Greece

12
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
2
StrinićIvan Strinić
3
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
Yellow Card46
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
7
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
6
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
8
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution57
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution70
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
Yellow Card68
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution59
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution73
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Yellow Card16
Substitution90+2
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Yellow Card79
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution46
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis

Substitutes

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
1
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution57
Yellow Card62
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Substitution90+2
9
EduardoEduardo
Substitution73
5
KonePanagiotis Kone
13
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
16
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution59
20
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution46
18
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution70

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Anders Nørrestrand (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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