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Ninis keeps England in check

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.50CET
Greece 1-1 England
A Sotiris Ninis strike earned the hosts a point as they came from behind to draw with the 2009 finalists to stay top of Group 7.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
Ninis keeps England in check
England's Jack Wilshere (left) tussles with Michalis Mpoukouvalas ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.50CET

Ninis keeps England in check

Greece 1-1 England
A Sotiris Ninis strike earned the hosts a point as they came from behind to draw with the 2009 finalists to stay top of Group 7.

England were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their second Group 9 qualifier for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship against a Greece side who maintained their unbeaten start.

Sturridge strike
England, beaten finalists at this summer's finals tournament, appeared to be on their way to a second straight victory when Daniel Sturridge gave them an early lead, but the home side, victors in their opening two games of the section, levelled before the break through Sotiris Ninis and had chances to win after the interval. Stuart Pearce's side flew out of the blocks and Sturridge rattled the post from a free-kick even before the Chelsea FC talent gave England a fifth-minute lead. Daniel Rose was the architect of the goal, beating two men on the left before crossing low for Sturridge to score from close range.

Greece top
Kostas Mitroglou kick-started Greece with two decent efforts before they levelled after 41 minutes when Ninis's shot from distance deflected off James Tomkins and wrong-footed England goalkeeper Scott Loach. Greece had the best chances of the second half, first when Mitroglou burst through one on one only to fire at Loach's legs, then when Ninis rounded the goalkeeper but shot wide. Nevertheless, the draw keeps Greece at the head of the group with seven points from three matches with England on four from their two games.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.11CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

England

England

1
LambrouKostas Lambrou (GK)
1
LoachScott Loach (GK)
2
ArgyropoulosLeonidas Argyropoulos
2
NaughtonKyle Naughton
3
BoukouvalasMichalis Boukouvalas
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
4
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
4
MuambaFabrice Muamba (C)
5
SiovasDimitris Siovas
5
TomkinsJames Tomkins
6
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas (C)
Yellow Card61
6
MancienneMichael Mancienne
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Goal41
7
WilshereJack Wilshere
8
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Substitution77
8
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution56
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution90+1
9
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Goal5
Substitution28
10
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
Substitution56
10
RoseDanny Rose
Yellow Card89
11
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
11
CleverleyTom Cleverley

Substitutes

12
StratilatisKyriakos Stratilatis (GK)
13
FieldingFrank Fielding (GK)
13
PavlisMichalis Pavlis
Substitution90+1
12
SmallingChris Smalling
14
RizogiannisPantelis Rizogiannis
Substitution56
14
CorkJack Cork
15
SiakkasGiorgos Siakas
Substitution77
Yellow Card89
15
AddisonMiles Addison
Substitution56
16
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
16
StanislasJunior Stanislas
17
PapazoglouSakis Papazoglou
17
SearsFreddie Sears
Substitution75
18
GiantsisDimitrios Giantsis
18
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution28
Substitution75

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Massimiliano Grilli (ITA), Massimiliano Rosi (ITA)

Fourth official

Maurizio Ciampi (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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