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Georgia keep Greece at bay

Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 18.59CET
Georgia 1-1 Greece The visitors' hopes of progressing to next year's finals suffer a setback in Tbilisi.
Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 18.59CET

Georgia keep Greece at bay

Georgia 1-1 Greece The visitors' hopes of progressing to next year's finals suffer a setback in Tbilisi.

By Vakhtang Bzikadze

Greece's hopes of claiming one of the top two places in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 suffered a setback as Stilianos Aposporis' side were held to a 1-1 draw in Georgia.

Early lead
The visitors struck first at the Boris Paichadze stadium in Tbilisi, Gocha Khojava bringing down Georgios Samaras in the penalty area and Greek captain Fanourios Goundoulakis duly converted the resulting spot-kick.

Long-range leveller
Khojava, who was used on the right of midfield instead of in his normal playmaker's role, made amends after 30 minutes. After winning a free-kick on the right he opted to shoot from a long range and was rewarded as the ball took a deflection off Greek goalkeeper Michail Sifakis and went in.

Second-half injuries
Both sides suffered injuries in the second half, Georgia's striker Sandro Iashvili forced to end the match despite injury as all the substitutes had been used by that stage, while Greece finished with ten men after Filippos Darlas broke his nose in a collision with Davit Chigladze and was unable to continue.

All to do
The result left Greece in third place in the seven-team section with their six games having yielded eight points, eight fewer than leaders Denmark and five behind second-placed Turkey, who both won today. Greece next face Albania on Tuesday, with Georgia, in sixth place, welcoming Turkey the same day.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.33CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Greece

Greece

12
TotladzeIrakli Totladze (GK)
1
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
2
D. ChigladzeDavid Chigladze
2
PapazachariasGrigoris Papazacharias
3
GhvinianidzeMate Ghvinianidze
3
PipinisChristos Pipinis
Yellow Card28
Substitution81
4
ChikviladzeTengiz Chikviladze
4
LiapakisEmmanouel Liapakis
5
LomidzeMamuka Lomidze (C)
Yellow Card70
5
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card87
6
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card50
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution55
7
BesarashviliMikheil Besarashvili
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution65
8
EliavaZaal Eliava
Substitution44
8
GoundoulakisFanourios Goundoulakis (C)
Goal7
9
GuruliAlexander Guruli
Substitution59
9
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
10
Khodzhava                                         Gocha Khodzhava
Goal28
Yellow Card55
Substitution77
10
BourbosChristos Bourbos
11
IashviliSandro Iashvili
11
LagosPanagiotis Lagos

Substitutes

1
BobghiashviliMindia Bobghiashvili (GK)
12
AndriolasKonstantinos Andriolas (GK)
13
KashiaShota Kashia
Substitution77
13
PliagasDimitrios Pliagas
Substitution65
14
MikiashviliBesik Mikiashvili
14
LeontiouSotirios Leontiou
15
GetsadzeRevaz Getsadze
Substitution44
15
FitanidisSokratis Fitanidis
16
ChelidzeGiorgi Chelidze
16
PetkakisDimitrios Petkakis
17
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
17
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
Substitution55
18
G. TchelidzeGeorge Tchelidze
Substitution59
18
DarlasFilippos Darlas
Substitution81

Coach

Stilianos Aposporis (GRE)

Referee

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Assistant referees

Jim Charles Lyon (SCO), James Bee (SCO)

Fourth official

Brian Winter (SCO)

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