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Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 20.45CET
Greece 2-1 Portugal
Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late goal earned Group 9 leaders Greece their third win in four matches and dealt the visitors a first defeat.
by John Leonidou
from Asteras Tripolis
Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece
Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored Greece's winner ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 20.45CET

Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece

Greece 2-1 Portugal
Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late goal earned Group 9 leaders Greece their third win in four matches and dealt the visitors a first defeat.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late header earned Greece their third win in four qualifiers for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and dealt Portugal their first defeat as Nikolaos Nioplias's side kept hold of top spot in Group 9.

Early breakthrough
Greece took the lead with virtually their first chance of the game when PAOK FC forward Vassilis Koutsianikoulis raced past Miguel Vítor then shot beyond Ventura in the third minute. Portugal controlled possession but Greece looked more dangerous and they missed two good opportunities to double their lead that half, Elini Dimoutsos hitting the post before Giannis Papadopoulos lobbed wide when clean through.

Late winner
Portgual were the brighter side in the second half and almost drew level on 72 minutes when Ukra's curling free-kick was punched away by Nikos Mpampaniotis. The equaliser, though, was not long in coming and when the Greek defence failed to deal with Rabiola's 83rd-minute corner, Miguel Vítor pounced to restore parity. Greece had held 2009 finalists England to a 1-1 draw in their previous match last month, but they went one better this time thanks to Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who rose high to head in Aristeidis Soiledis's free-kick in the final minute to leave the home side undefeated after four matches.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.09CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Portugal

Portugal

1
BabaniotisNikos Babaniotis (GK)
Yellow Card57
1
VenturaVentura (GK)
2
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
Yellow Card42
2
Ruben LimaRuben Lima
Substitution67
3
BoukouvalasMichalis Boukouvalas
4
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço (C)
4
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Goal90
5
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Goal83
5
SiovasDimitris Siovas
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
6
G. PapadopoulosGiannis Papadopoulos
Substitution82
7
Daniel CandeiasDaniel Candeias
Yellow Card43
Substitution61
7
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
Goal4
8
André CastroAndré Castro
8
RizogiannisPantelis Rizogiannis
Yellow Card90+2
9
RabiolaRabiola
Yellow Card39
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou (C)
11
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
10
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Yellow Card40
Substitution56
13
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution46
11
IoannidisGiorgos Ioannidis
Substitution65
17
UkraUkra

Substitutes

12
KoutzavasilisFotis Koutzavasilis (GK)
12
DiegoDiego (GK)
13
ArgyropoulosLeonidas Argyropoulos
10
Rui PedroRui Pedro
Substitution46
14
PavlisMichalis Pavlis
14
YazaldeYazalde
Substitution67
15
PapazoglouSakis Papazoglou
15
Fábio FariaFábio Faria
16
SiakkasGiorgos Siakas
Substitution82
16
RafaRafa
17
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
Substitution56
18
TengarrinhaTengarrinha
18
SoiledisAris Soiledis
Substitution65
20
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
Substitution61
Yellow Card90

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Oceano da Cruz (POR)

Referee

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Viktor Kulagin (RUS)

Fourth official

Almir Kayumov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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