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Latvia out to dent Greek ambitions

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
Beaten 1-0 by Greece in Piraeus last year, Latvia will hope for better when they try to dent the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying hopes of Fernando Santos's visitors in Riga.
Latvia out to dent Greek ambitions
Latvia celebrate a Group F goal ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

LatviaGreece

Goals scored9
 
14
Total attempts82
 
137
Attempts on target29
 
54
Attempts off target38
 
63
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork2
 
0
Corners40
 
52
Offsides13
 
29
Yellow cards25
 
27
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed167
 
138
Fouls suffered92
 
157
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Latvia out to dent Greek ambitions

Beaten 1-0 by Greece in Piraeus last year, Latvia will hope for better when they try to dent the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying hopes of Fernando Santos's visitors in Riga.

Latvia will look to build upon a brave but fruitless showing in Piraeus as Greece come to Riga in Group F, still in the running for a place at UEFA EURO 2012.

• The home side won last year's 9 October meeting 1-0 with Olympiacos FC defender Vassilios Torossidis breaking Latvia's resistance in the 58th minute, scoring with a clinical finish following a neat exchange of passes with Kostas Katsouranis.

• Greece and Latvia will meet again in the coming years, having been drawn together in Group G of the European qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They were previously drawn together in South Africa 2010 qualifying.

• Latvia's record in five games against Greece reads W1 D1 L3 (W0 D1 L1 at home). They have lost the countries' last three encounters.

• In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Greece beat Lavtia 2-0 in Riga on 10 September 2008, and then won the return fixture 5-2 in Athens on 10 October the following year.

• Fanis Gekas enjoyed those two games against Latvia a great deal, firing both goals in the first encounter and four more in Athens, where two Māris Verpakovskis strikes had put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

• The teams first met in a UEFA EURO 2000 qualifier in Riga on 31 March 1999, playing out a goalless draw. Latvia improved on that result with a 2-1 victory in Athens on 9 June the same year, when Mihails Zemlinskis hit an added-time winner after Andreas Niniadis had cancelled out Verpakovskis' first-half opener.

Last updated: 03/08/11 19.13CET

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