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Greece get the better of ten-man Georgia

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.45CET
Georgia 1-2 Greece
Late goals from Giorgos Fotakis and Angelos Charisteas booked Greece an automatic berth at UEFA EURO 2012 as Group F winners.
by Vakhtang Bzikadze
from Mikheil Meshki Stadium
Greece get the better of ten-man Georgia
Angelos Charisteas (right) celebrates his winner with Kyriakos Papadopoulos ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GeorgiaGreece

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts4
 
13
Attempts on target2
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
13

Standings

Group F

PPts
Greece Greece1024
Croatia Croatia1022
Israel Israel1016
Latvia Latvia1011
Georgia Georgia1010
Malta Malta101
Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.45CET

Greece get the better of ten-man Georgia

Georgia 1-2 Greece
Late goals from Giorgos Fotakis and Angelos Charisteas booked Greece an automatic berth at UEFA EURO 2012 as Group F winners.

Greece trailed Georgia at the interval in their final Group F game, but late goals from Giorgos Fotakis and Angelos Charisteas ensured that they will travel to UEFA EURO 2012 as the top side in their section.

David Targamadze put Georgia ahead after 19 minutes yet his team were reduced to ten men when he left the pitch injured with 20 minutes to go, Temuri Ketsbaia having already used all three of his substitutes. Fotakis's deflected leveller gave Fernando Santos's men the point they knew would secure them top spot and Charisteas's 85th-minute strike then kept them two points clear of second-ranked Croatia.

With midfielder Levan Kobiashvili having been honoured before kick-off with a UEFA award to mark his 100th cap, Georgia were in positive mood, and they soaked up early pressure from the visitors before scoring from their first meaningful chance, Targamadze's cross into the box eluding his team-mates as well as goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas on its way into the net.

Georgia looked to make the most of their good fortune as No1 Nukri Revishvili parried a Kostas Katsouranis free-kick, and Fanis Gekas fired another chance over as Greece struggled to respond. Targamadze had an opportunity to double Georgia's lead just after the break, but Tzorvas was equal to his effort.

It proved to be a crucial save and, when Targamadze was taken off, Greece were able to press home their numerical advantage. Fotakis's effort took a couple of kind touches before speeding past Revishvili and Katsouranis then set up Charisteas – back in the team after a year-long absence – to put the game beyond the home team.

Last updated: 12/10/11 0.46CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Greece

Greece

1
RevishviliNukri Revishvili (GK)
1
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
2
GrigalashviliShota Grigalashvili
Substitution51
4
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Yellow Card43
3
KashiaGuram Kashia
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution56
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Goal85
5
AmisulashviliAleksandr Amisulashvili
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
6
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
7
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution68
8
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card16
Substitution42
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution90+1
9
MchedlidzeLevan Mchedlidze
Yellow Card22
Substitution65
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
11
TargamadzeDavid Targamadze
Goal19
Yellow Card61
22
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos

Substitutes

12
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
12
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
14
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
5
PetsosThanos Petsos
15
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Substitution51
8
MalezasStelios Malezas
16
LobzhanidzeUcha Lobzhanidze
Substitution42
16
MakosGrigoris Makos
17
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
Substitution56
Goal79
18
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
20
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution90+1
19
GuruliAlexander Guruli
Substitution65
23
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
Substitution68
Yellow Card74

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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