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Greece preserve slender hopes

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 2.45CET
Greece 2-1 Albania Goals from Lazaros Hristodoulopoulos and Konstantinos Mitroglou edged the home side past Group 1 rivals Albania in Athens.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 2.45CET

Greece preserve slender hopes

Greece 2-1 Albania Goals from Lazaros Hristodoulopoulos and Konstantinos Mitroglou edged the home side past Group 1 rivals Albania in Athens.

Goals either side of half-time from Lazaros Hristodoulopoulos and Konstantinos Mitroglou edged Greece to a home win against Albania.

Mitroglou winner
The hosts took the lead on 27 minutes when PAOK FC's Hristodoulopoulos converted a spot-kick after Stilianos Iliadis had been brought down by Bledion Guga. The visitors equalised within eight minutes through Xheyahir Sukaj's header, but Greece were rewarded for their attacking endeavour nine minutes after the restart when Olympiacos CFP midfielder Mitroglou, who had scored in October's 2-2 draw with Italy, finished off Iliadis's through ball.

Slim chance
Greece held on for the victory although their prospects of qualifying for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs remain slim, since Group 1 leaders Italy and second-placed Croatia also prevailed, against Faroe Islands and Azerbaijan respectively. Greece lie third in the group with 13 points from seven matches. They next visit Albania on 26 March 2008.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.53CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Albania

Albania

1
PanagopoulosLeonidas Panagopoulos (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
1
KoliçiEhea Koliçi (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
3
ArapiRenato Arapi (C)
3
MonikakisEmmanouil Monikakis
Yellow Card26
4
GugaBledion Guga
4
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
5
ArifajBesmir Arifaj
Yellow Card5
6
RikkaAntonis Rikka
6
AbilaliajArbër Abilaliaj
Substitution58
7
AravidisChristos Aravidis
Substitution81
7
MalindiEnco Malindi
Substitution85
8
IliadisStilianos Iliadis (C)
8
SefaJetmir Sefa
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Goal54
9
SukajXheyahir Sukaj
Yellow Card17
Goal34
Substitution90+3
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Goal28
Substitution90+2
10
G. LikaGilman Lika
11
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Substitution46
14
ProgmiGermard Progmi
Yellow Card62
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
15
FaguErbim Fagu

Substitutes

12
KiriakidisDimitrios Kiriakidis (GK)
12
UjkaniSamir Ujkani (GK)
13
TripotserisTheodoros Tripotseris
2
ZeqiriHair Zeqiri
Substitution85
16
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas
11
KarabeciErando Karabeci
17
MarinosStergos Marinos
Substitution81
13
DanajSadush Danaj
14
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Substitution46
16
ThanaJozef Thana
18
SialmasDimitris Sialmas
17
VilaEmilian Vila
Substitution90+3
15
PlovdisVassilios Plovdis
Substitution90+2
18
CaniNevian Cani
Substitution58

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Artan Bushati (ALB)

Referee

Veaceslav Banari (MDA)

Assistant referees

Oleg Molceanov (MDA), Serghei Trofan (MDA)

Fourth official

Igor Satchi (MDA)

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