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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, 23.51CET
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

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   
  
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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