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Greece hold nerve in Almaty

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 19.30CET
Kazakhstan 1-2 Greece Greece kept alive their hopes of reaching the play-offs in November with victory against a committed Kazakhstan.
by Timur Kamashev
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 19.30CET

Greece hold nerve in Almaty

Kazakhstan 1-2 Greece Greece kept alive their hopes of reaching the play-offs in November with victory against a committed Kazakhstan.

Greece kept alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with victory against a committed Kazakhstan.

Pressure on
Alexandros Tziolis and Charilaos Pappas scored in each half to move the Greeks to 17 points from ten games in Group 2. The win keeps the pressure on Turkey and Ukraine who occupy the two positions above them and behind leaders Denmark. The top two will reach November's play-offs.

Andriolas inspired
Kazakhstan showed no fear in the early stages and were quicker to find their feet. Only the safe hands of visiting goalkeeper Konstantinos Andriolas denied the hosts following early efforts from Aidar Argimbayev and Vadim Borovskiy.

Aliyev chip
Nonetheless, Greece scored first in the eighth minute. A swift counterattack resulted in a corner which Tziolis headed in. The Kazakhs refused to buckle though and reclaimed the initiative. They had to wait for the equaliser but it was worth it, Piraly Aliyev chipping a stranded Andriolas from 30 metres on 54 minutes.

Neat move
Greece were back in front within three minutes, however. Following a neat passing move, Pappas rounded two defenders before slotting the ball into the corner. The hosts pushed for a second equaliser, notably when Borovskiy went close with an 18-metre free-kick, but the visitors were not to be denied.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.06CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Greece

Greece

1
GrigorenkoAleksandr Grigorenko (GK) (C)
1
AndriolasKonstantinos Andriolas (GK)
4
VorotnikovIlia Vorotnikov
2
MoulopoulosAthanasios Moulopoulos
Substitution46
8
ZhumabayevAbzal Zhumabayev
Yellow Card18
Substitution52
3
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
Substitution77
21
SolominNikolay Solomin
Substitution46
4
PapazachariasGrigoris Papazacharias
10
AliyevPeraly Aliyev
Goal54
5
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
16
TarasovYevgeni Tarasov
Yellow Card78
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Goal8
Substitution62
14
KirovAleksandr Kirov
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Goal63
9
ArgimbayevAidar Argimbayev
8
LeontiouSotirios Leontiou
13
BorovskiVadim Borovski
Substitution69
9
ArampatsisNikolaos Arampatsis
7
TadzhibayulyAlisher Tadzhibayuly
10
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
Yellow Card85
3
ZuyevMaxim Zuyev
11
LagosPanagiotis Lagos (C)

Substitutes

18
DekhkanovZhasulan Dekhkanov (GK)
12
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
17
YakovlevVladimir Yakovlev
13
MakosGrigoris Makos
Substitution62
5
MoldagaliyevTimur Moldagaliyev
Substitution52
Yellow Card80
14
BalafasSotiris Balafas
2
AliyevKanat Aliyev
Substitution69
15
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
11
NedashkovskiyOleg Nedashkovskiy
16
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution46
19
NurmagombetovVyacheslav Nurmagombetov
Substitution46
17
DarlasFilippos Darlas
Substitution77
15
YurtaevRoman Yurtaev
18
MantziosVangelis Mantzios

Coach

Anton Shokh (URS) Stilianos Aposporis (GRE)

Referee

Tomas Curin (CZE)

Assistant referees

Antonin Kordula (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Matějek (CZE)

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