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Greece blow away Malta to open in style

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 20.22CET
Greece 5-0 Malta 
The hosts could afford a missed penalty as two early goals from Nikos Karelis set them on the way to a resounding opening win.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Peristeri Stadium
Greece blow away Malta to open in style
Greece celebrate their third goal ©Intime

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Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 20.22CET

Greece blow away Malta to open in style

Greece 5-0 Malta 
The hosts could afford a missed penalty as two early goals from Nikos Karelis set them on the way to a resounding opening win.

Greece began their 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign in emphatic style as they blew away Malta in Athens.

Nikos Karelis set the hosts on the way with two goals inside the first 13 minutes before strikes from Stelios Kitsiou, substitute Dimitris Diamantakos and Giannis Gianniotas wrapped things up after the break. Kostas Tsanas's side could even afford to miss a second-half penalty.

Malta received early warning of what was to come as Gianniotas forced Jurgen Borg to tip his header over the bar smartly just three minutes in. The keeper could do nothing moments later, though, as Karelis collected a loose ball and swept in a low shot.

The goalscorer doubled his personal tally when Borg turned the ball on to the crossbar and the forward was on hand to knock in the rebound. Substitute Jean Paul Farrugia had a chance to pull one back after the break but was denied by Stefanos Kapino with only the keeper to beat.

Kitsiou drove in a third for the home side 18 minutes from time and though Borg denied Kostas Stafylidis from the penalty spot, Greece would not be denied further goals. Diamantakos took advantage of a defensive blunder to slide in two minutes after arriving from the bench before Gianniotas wrapped things up from the edge of the area in the 90th minute.

"Our aim was to score early, open up Malta's defence and get rid of any stress," said two-goal Karelis. "We scored many goals and that is good news for us. Now our focus shifts to our trip to Turkey in October for a crucial match there."

Last updated: 05/06/15 9.26CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Malta

Malta

1
KapinoStefanos Kapino (GK)
12
BorgJurgen Borg (GK)
3
StafylidisKostas Stafylidis
Yellow Card30
Penalty75
Substitution80
2
TaboneMatthew Tabone
4
BougaidisMavroudis Bougaidis
3
GrechChristian Grech
5
PotouridisGiannis Potouridis (C)
7
MicallefLydon Micallef
Substitution34
6
LagosTassos Lagos
9
FalzonDaren Falzon
7
KolovosDimitris Kolovos
Substitution76
11
BezzinaJohan Bezzina
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
8
BouchalakisAndreas Bouchalakis
13
S. BorgSacha Borg
Yellow Card74
9
VelliosApostolos Vellios
Substitution76
16
Clyde BorgClyde Borg (C)
10
KarelisNikos Karelis
Goal5
Goal13
17
J. PisaniJurgen Pisani
Substitution79
11
GianniotasGiannis Gianniotas
Yellow Card58
Goal90
20
CamenzuliRyan Camenzuli
16
KitsiouStelios Kitsiou
Goal72
21
SciclunaRyan Scicluna
Yellow Card44

Substitutes

12
DioudisSokratis Dioudis (GK)
1
CiniYenz Cini (GK)
2
MarinakisNikos Marinakis
5
B. FarrugiaBrooke Farrugia
14
LykogiannisCharalambos Lykogiannis
Substitution80
8
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
15
TriantafyllopoulosKostas Triantafyllopoulos
10
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution34
17
BakasetasTasos Bakasetas
Substitution76
18
SpiteriMark Spiteri
18
GoutasDimitris Goutas
19
B. MuscatBrandon Muscat
Substitution79
19
DiamantakosDimitris Diamantakos
Substitution76
Goal78
23
J.P. FarrugiaJean Paul Farrugia
Substitution46
Yellow Card82

Coach

Kostas Tsanas (GRE) Raymond Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Michael Johansen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Niels Hoeg (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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