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Greece cede Group F initiative with Latvia draw

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.26CET
Latvia 1-1 Greece
Kyriakos Papadopoulos equalised six minutes from time but Fernando Santos's side still surrendered first place in Group F.
Greece cede Group F initiative with Latvia draw
Latvia's Oskars Kļava duels with Greece's Giorgos Samaras ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LatviaGreece

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts7
 
20
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
11
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
7
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
20

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.26CET

Greece cede Group F initiative with Latvia draw

Latvia 1-1 Greece
Kyriakos Papadopoulos equalised six minutes from time but Fernando Santos's side still surrendered first place in Group F.

A draw in Riga saw Greece lose first place in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F, but they had reason to feel relieved at getting a point after trailing Latvia for much of the game.

Unexpectedly fielded alongside Māris Verpakovskis in a two-man forward line, PFC CSKA Moskva winger Aleksandrs Cauņa put the home side ahead on 19 minutes, and Greece feared their luck was out after a raft of missed chances until Kyriakos Papadopoulos's effort following a corner with six minutes to go. However, Croatia are now a point in front ahead of their 7 October trip to Piraeus.

The hero of Latvia's UEFA EURO 2004 campaign, Verpakovskis started their goalscoring move, feeding the ball to Oļegs Laizāns, whose pass set up Cauņa to beat Michalis Sifakis with a strike from the edge of the box. Cauņa came close again from a free-kick not long afterwards.

Greece had seen one early chance go begging when Dimitris Salpingidis fluffed his shot when well placed, and had more cause for concern after Andris Vaņins plucked Giorgios Karagounis's goal-bound shot from under his crossbar.

With Aleksandrs Starkovs' side retreating to preserve their lead, Greece pushed on, Salpingidis and Giorgos Samaras passing up further opportunities before a series of deflections saw Papadopoulos's strike sneak into the Latvian net.

Last updated: 05/12/12 8.46CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Greece

Greece

12
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
Yellow Card64
13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
2
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
4
ZaradoukasGiannis Zaradoukas
Yellow Card45+1
3
KļavaOskars Kļava
6
MakosGrigoris Makos
Substitution81
4
KrjauklisRitus Krjauklis
Yellow Card57
7
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
5
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
9
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs (C)
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
7
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
Yellow Card42
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Substitution72
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Goal19
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution68
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
10
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution83
22
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card56
Goal84
11
LukjanovsIvans Lukjanovs
23
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
DoroševsPāvels Doroševs (GK)
1
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
13
SmirnovsVitālijs Smirnovs
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Substitution72
Yellow Card89
14
PerepļotkinsAndrejs Perepļotkins
3
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
15
RuginsRitvars Rugins
5
PetsosThanos Petsos
16
RudņevsArtjoms Rudņevs
Substitution68
Yellow Card87
8
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
17
GauračsEdgars Gauračs
16
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution46
18
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution83
20
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution81

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Ivan Valchev (BUL), Ivo Kolev (BUL)

Fourth official

Anton Genov (BUL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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