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Qualifying round - Group G

Latvia - Greece
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Gekas wins it as Greece suffer scare in Riga

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.51CET
Latvia 1-2 Greece
Fanis Gekas scored the winner midway through the second half as Fernando Santos' men came from behind to sneak the three points in Group G.
by Vladimir Bogachov
from Riga
Gekas wins it as Greece suffer scare in Riga
Greece players celebrate the winner in Riga ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Latvia
Greece

1

Goals scored

2

3

Total attempts

18

3

Attempts on target

5

0

off target

11

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

1

1

Corners

8

2

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

8

6

Fouls suffered

19

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 22:37 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.51CET

Gekas wins it as Greece suffer scare in Riga

Latvia 1-2 Greece
Fanis Gekas scored the winner midway through the second half as Fernando Santos' men came from behind to sneak the three points in Group G.

Second-half goals from Nikos Spyropoulos and Fanis Gekas rescued Greece, as Fernando Santos' men were forced to come from behind against Latvia in Riga.

The UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-finalists were given a shock in qualifying Group G, as Aleksandrs Cauņa's penalty took the hosts into the break ahead. However, Spyropoulos's spectacular effort, and Gekas's neat finish ensured a winning start for the Greeks.

Looking to repeat their appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the visitors started at a high tempo and Gekas almost took advantage, but the Levante UD forward headed over when well positioned seven minutes in. Giannis Maniatis seemed certain to put Greece ahead but volleyed on to the post before Latvia hit back. Aleksejs Višņakovs' rapid run down the left took him into the area, only to be brought down by Kyriakos Papadopoulos, allowing Cauņa to score from the spot on 42 minutes.

Maniatis and substitute Giorgos Samaras went close early in the second half, but it was from the unexpected source of Spyropoulos from where the equaliser came – the Panathinaikos FC defender blasting in from distance to leave Andris Vaņins helpless on 57 minutes. The turnaround was complete 12 minutes later, as Kostas Katsouranis took advantage of a loose pass at the back from Latvia, and played in Gekas to win it for Greece.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.43CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Greece

Greece

1Andris Vaņins (GK)12Orestis Karnezis (GK)
3Oskars Kļava
Yellow Card90+2
2Giannis Maniatis
Yellow Card23
4Ritus Krjauklis4Nikos Spyropoulos
Goal57
5Oļegs Laizāns
Substitution80
5Kyriakos Papadopoulos
6Deniss Ivanovs6Alexandros Tziolis
Yellow Card58
8Aleksandrs Cauņa
Goal42
9Kostas Mitroglou
Substitution46
10Aleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution75
15Vassilis Torossidis
11Ivans Lukjanovs
Yellow Card81
17Fanis Gekas
Goal69
13Kaspars Gorkšs (C)
Yellow Card78
19Sokratis Papastathopoulos
16Artjoms Rudņevs21Kostas Katsouranis (C)
18Aleksandrs Fertovs
Substitution75
22Kostas Fortounis
Substitution80

Substitutes

12Pāvels Doroševs (GK)1Alexandros Tzorvas (GK)
30Germans Māliņš (GK)13Panagiotis Glykos (GK)
2Igors Savčenkovs3Dimitris Siovas
7Vladimirs Kamešs7Giorgios Samaras
Substitution46
Substitution68
9Māris Verpakovskis
Substitution75
8Stelios Malezas
14Ritvars Rugins
Substitution75
10Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
15Artūrs Zjuzins11Loukas Vyntra
17Edgars Gauračs
Substitution80
14Elini Dimoutsos
19Andrejs Kovaļovs16Charis Mavrias
20Nauris Bulvitis18Sotiris Ninis
Substitution68
20José Holebas
Substitution80
23Stefanos Athanasiadis

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)

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

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