Qualifying round (Group F) - 12/10/2010 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus
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Karagounis spot kick gives Greece the edge

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.30CET
Greece 2-1 Israel
Home captain Giorgos Karagounis kept his nerve from the penalty spot to send Greece to the top of Group F following a tight contest in Athens.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Karagounis spot kick gives Greece the edge
Giorgos Karagounis celebrates scoring the winner against Israel ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceIsrael

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
8
Attempts on target6
 
0
Attempts off target6
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
1
Offsides7
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
12

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.30CET

Karagounis spot kick gives Greece the edge

Greece 2-1 Israel
Home captain Giorgos Karagounis kept his nerve from the penalty spot to send Greece to the top of Group F following a tight contest in Athens.

Greece replaced Croatia at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F after a hard-earned 2-1 victory against Israel in Athens.

Dimitris Salpingidis put Fernando Santos's team men ahead in the 22nd minute with a neat lofted finish but Israel levelled 14 minutes after half-time when Greek defender Nikos Spyropoulos turned Roberto Colautti's cross past his own goalkeeper, Michalis Sifakis. However, Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis slotted home from the penalty spot just after the hour mark to clinch three points for the hosts, who now lead Croatia by a single point at the section summit.

Greece were forced into a change after just 15 minutes due to an injury to Sotiris Ninis, with Olympiacos FC teenager Giannis Fetfatzidis coming on for his second international appearance. However, that did not affect the hosts' gameplan as PAOK FC striker Salpingidis broke the deadlock, outpacing the Israel defence to control Pantelis Kafes's threaded pass before lifting the ball over Dudu Aouate and into the net.

Karagounis then tested Aouate's reflexes with a stinging shot from distance as the hosts sought to turn the screw. Israel's best chance to level came five minutes before half-time, but Lior Refaelov blazed his free-kick over. Fetfatzidis proved a constant threat in the second half for Greece with his superb dribbling and direct running, but he could not prevent Israel drawing level when Spyropoulos accidentally turned in Colautti's low cross under pressure from Etey Shechter.

That prompted a near-immediate response from Greece, Salpingidis surging into the penalty area before being upended by Aouate in the 63rd minute. From the resulting spot kick, Karagounis stroked the ball into the bottom right corner to put the home side back in front, and they held on to their lead comfortably.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.13CET

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