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Greece avert Albanian upset

Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 18.45CET
Greece 2-0 Albania Evagelos Mantzios and Charis Pappas score to keep Greece in contention in Group 2.
Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 18.45CET

Greece avert Albanian upset

Greece 2-0 Albania Evagelos Mantzios and Charis Pappas score to keep Greece in contention in Group 2.

By Vassiliki Papantonopoulou

Greece remain in contention for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs in Group 2 after a crucial win against Albania - despite having to play the last four minutes with ten men.

Matzios opener
Captain Evagelos Mantzios gave Greece the lead in the 19th-minute from close range despite the efforts of Albania goalkeeper Ervin Llani. Albania could have levelled on 65 minutes as Hamdi Salihi sneaked in behind the Greek defence but failed to find the target.

Points safe
That miss proved crucial ten minutes later as Georgios Samaras crossed from the left for substitute Charis Pappas to control on his chest with his back to goal, turn and shoot past Llani. A professional foul on Salihi saw Greece defender Grigorios Papazacharias dismissed late on, but his side triumphed and with Turkey's win in Georgia today, remain within three points of second place. Both these teams return to action on 3 June, as fifth-placed Albania welcome Georgia and Greece travel to Turkey.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.32CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Albania

Albania

1
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
1
LlaniErvin Llani (GK)
2
PetkakisDimitrios Petkakis
Yellow Card31
2
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
Substitution33
3
LeontiouSotirios Leontiou
3
MucaAlban Muca
Yellow Card18
4
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
4
NdrekaGezim Ndreka
Yellow Card45+1
5
PapazachariasGrigoris Papazacharias
Yellow Card54
Red Card86
6
BarkaEhiliano Barka
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
8
MileVangjel Mile
7
PliagasDimitrios Pliagas
Yellow Card56
Substitution71
10
BoshnjakuDenis Boshnjaku (C)
Substitution74
8
GoundoulakisFanourios Goundoulakis
Substitution88
13
HallaçiRahman Hallaçi
9
MantziosVangelis Mantzios (C)
Goal19
Substitution72
14
SalihiHamdi Salihi
10
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
11
ÇapjaHetlen Çapja
11
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
17
MuzakaGjergj Muzaka

Substitutes

12
AndriolasKonstantinos Andriolas (GK)
12
GjondedaEraldi Gjondeda (GK)
13
PipinisChristos Pipinis
5
KrajaErvis Kraja
Substitution33
Yellow Card73
14
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution71
Goal75
9
XhihaniParid Xhihani
15
FitanidisSokratis Fitanidis
Substitution88
7
LlakajOlsi Llakaj
16
LiapakisEmmanouel Liapakis
Substitution72
15
PashajEntonio Pashaj
17
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
16
XhyraKlement Xhyra
18
BourbosChristos Bourbos
18
BegaBesmir Bega
Substitution74

Coach

Stilianos Aposporis (GRE) Hasan Lika (ALB)

Referee

Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Assistant referees

Arturas Pipiras (LTU), Algimantas Kontvainas (LTU)

Fourth official

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

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