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Young pair inspire Greece against Malta

Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 22.40CET
Greece 3-1 Malta
Greece restored their one-point Group F lead thanks to two goals from Giannis Fetfatzidis and one by teenage debutant Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Young pair inspire Greece against Malta
Fernando Santos saw his team return to the top ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceMalta

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
5
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
14
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 22.40CET

Young pair inspire Greece against Malta

Greece 3-1 Malta
Greece restored their one-point Group F lead thanks to two goals from Giannis Fetfatzidis and one by teenage debutant Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

Greece reclaimed top spot in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F thanks to a hard-earned home victory against Malta.

First-half goals from youngsters Giannis Fetfatzidis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos – the latter scoring on his debut – put Greece in control. Although a Michael Mifsud goal for Malta just after half-time threatened the home side's prospects, Fetfatzidis tapped in his second of the night to seal victory. The win moves Greece a point ahead of Israel, who have played a game more, and Croatia, overnight leaders after defeating Georgia on Friday.

Fernando Santos's Greece side made all of the early running – most of it down their right flank – and they were in front in the eighth minute after a neat passage of play. Sotiris Ninis released the overlapping Vassilis Torossidis and the Olympiacos FC full-back's low centre was slotted in by his 20-year-old club colleague Fetfatzidis.

With Malta struggling to cope with their opponents' attacking play, Greece soon doubled their advantage when defender Papadopoulos, 19, met captain Giorgos Karagounis's 26th-minute free-kick to head past Andrew Hogg in the Malta goal.

Malta wοrked their way back into the game nine minutes into the second half when Mifsud finished well after a fortunate ricochet allowed Shaun Bajada to send him clear on goal. Malta substitute Andrew Cohen, who replaced Daniel Bogdanovic, was then unlucky when his powerful long-range strike cannoned off the left post.

Despite a brief period of Maltese pressure, the game was ended as a contest by Fetfatzidis on 64 minutes, the talented winger placing the ball into an empty net after Hogg had parried Dimitris Salpingidis's cross.

Last updated: 05/12/12 8.46CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Malta

Malta

1
KonstantopoulosDimitris Konstantopoulos (GK)
1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
4
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
5
MorasVangelis Moras
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
5
AgiusAndré Agius
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution70
6
FenechRyan Fenech
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution89
7
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution60
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
18
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution80
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
Goal54
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
11
HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
Substitution87
22
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card15
Goal26
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
23
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Goal7
Goal63
18
BajadaShaun Bajada
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
3
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
7
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution60
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution89
14
WoodsIvan Woods
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
15
HerreraEdward Herrera
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution70
16
FenechPaul Fenech
Substitution87
19
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution80
17
FaillaClayton Failla
Substitution80

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) John Buttigieg (MLT)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Robert Malek (POL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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