Skonto Stadions - Riga 07/09/2012 - 20:30CET (21:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group G

Latvia - Greece
1-2
 

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Gekas wins it as Greece suffer scare in Riga

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.00CET
Gekas wins it as Greece suffer scare in Riga
Greece players celebrate the winner in Riga ©Getty Images

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.

Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Greece

Greece

1Vaņins (GK)12Karnezis (GK)
3Kļava
90+2
2Maniatis
23
4Krjauklis4Spyropoulos
57
5Laizāns
80
5K. Papadopoulos
6Ivanovs6Tziolis
58
8Cauņa
42
9Mitroglou
46
10A. Višņakovs
75
15Torosidis
11Lukjanovs
81
17Gekas
69
13Gorkšs (C)
78
19Papastathopoulos
16Rudņevs21Katsouranis (C)
18Fertovs
75
22Fortounis
80

Substitutes

12Doroševs (GK)1Tzorvas (GK)
30Māliņš (GK)13Glykos (GK)
2Savčenkovs3Siovas
7Kamešs7Samaras
46
68
9Verpakovskis
75
8Malezas
14Rugins
75
10Christodoulopoulos
15Zjuzins11Vyntra
17Gauračs
80
14Dimoutsos
19Kovaļovs16Mavrias
20Bulvitis18Ninis
68
20Holebas
80
23Athanasiadis

Coaches

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

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

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Kļava (Latvia) is booked.
  • Yellow Card
    81
    Lukjanovs (Latvia) is booked.
  • Substitution
    80
    Gauračs (in) - Laizāns (out) (Latvia)
  • Substitution
    80
    Holebas (in) - Fortounis (out) (Greece)

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