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Greece's Torossidis breaks Latvian resistance

Published: Saturday 9 October 2010
Greece 1-0 Latvia
Vassilios Torossidis scored the only goal just before the hour in Athens to earn Fernando Santos's men a first Group F victory.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Greece's Torossidis breaks Latvian resistance
Avraam Papadopoulos (left) of Greece and Latvia's Maris Verpakovskis vie for possession ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceLatvia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners11
 
1
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
22
Fouls suffered21
 
6

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 9 October 2010

Greece's Torossidis breaks Latvian resistance

Greece 1-0 Latvia
Vassilios Torossidis scored the only goal just before the hour in Athens to earn Fernando Santos's men a first Group F victory.

Greece recorded their first victory of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying at the expense of Latvia, defeating their Group F rivals 1-0 in Athens.

After dominating possession for long spells of a tentative encounter, Olympiacos FC defender Vassilios Torossidis broke Latvia's resistance in the 58th minute, scoring with a clinical finish following a neat exchange of passes with Kostas Katsouranis. The result takes Greece level with Georgia on five points at the section summit, with Croatia and Israel meeting on Saturday before the latter's trip to the Greek capital on Tuesday.

Greece and Latvia were meeting just two days shy of a year since their last encounter, when Greece prevailed 5-2 in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. There was little hint of a similar scoreline during the first half despite the home side dictating possession. Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis, on his 100th international appearance, was the first to try his luck in the tenth minute but his speculative effort comfortably cleared the crossbar. Kostas Mitroglou, leading the hosts' attack, registered their first attempt on target five minutes later with a glancing header which Andris Vaņins tipped over.

Latvia frustrated their hosts with a display of admirable discipline and organisation, restricting them to long-range strikes for the remainder of the half. Sotiris Ninis and Torossidis tried their luck but were both denied by the resilient Vaņins. At the other end Latvia could have gone ahead themselves when Maris Verpakovskis broke clear in the 44th minute following a defensive mix-up, but the Ergotelis FC striker took one touch too many and Georgios Tzavelas made a crucial recovering tackle.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, Karagounis flashing a shot narrowly over from the edge of the box, before the deadlock was finally broken by Torossidis. The 25-year-old surged down the right and, after a neat one-two with Katsouranis, slotted the ball past Vaņins and into the corner. Greece held on for a comfortable victory that ended with coach Manuel Santoshanding a first cap to Olympiacos playmaker Ioannis Fetfatzidis, the 19-year-old replacing Ninis after 82 minutes.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.17CET

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Quotes

  • Giorgos Karagounis

    "I don't know how many matches I will get to play with the national team, but my aim is to help the squad qualify and play in the EURO finals for the third consecutive time"

  • Ioannis Fetfatzidis

    "Greek football has several talented young players and hopefully they will be the base of the national squad in the near future"

Lineups

Greece

Greece

Latvia

Latvia

13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
12
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
3
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
2
KļavaOskars Kļava
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Yellow Card90
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs
7
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution82
8
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution77
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution90
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Yellow Card45
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Yellow Card27
Goal58
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
Substitution65
18
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution82
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs (C)
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
15
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
Yellow Card82
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
17
RudņevsArtjoms Rudņevs
Substitution73

Substitutes

1
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
4
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
4
KrjauklisRitus Krjauklis
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
7
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution77
11
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution73
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution90
14
PerepļotkinsAndrejs Perepļotkins
Substitution82
20
KonePanagiotis Kone
16
LazdiņšArtis Lazdiņš
23
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution82
18
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution65
Yellow Card75

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Antonio Damato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Domenico Celi (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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