Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus 10/09/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group G

Greece - Latvia
1-0
 

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Greece do just enough to see off Latvia

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 23.45CET
Greece 1-0 Latvia
Giorgos Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis combined as a third successive 1-0 qualifying win kept Greece afloat in Group G.
Greece do just enough to see off Latvia
Dimitris Salpingidis celebrates scoring Greece's lone goal against Latvia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Greece
Latvia

1

Goals scored

0

20

Total attempts

6

7

Attempts on target

0

12

off target

5

6

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

1

1

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

1

1

Red Cards

1

13

Fouls committed

13

12

Fouls suffered

13

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Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:24 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 23.45CET

Greece do just enough to see off Latvia

Greece 1-0 Latvia
Giorgos Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis combined as a third successive 1-0 qualifying win kept Greece afloat in Group G.

Giorgos Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis teamed up once again to supply the only goal as Greece beat Latvia to maintain their battle for top spot in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group G.

On 18 November 2009, Samaras set up Salpingidis in Donetsk for the only goal of Greece's two-legged World Cup play-off against Ukraine, and they revived their double-act against Latvia in Piraeus. The Celtic FC forward provided an excellent through ball for Salpingidis to beat Aleksandrs Kolinko with a cool, curling, left-footed finish on 58 minutes.

Victory leaves Greece level on points with Bosnia and Herzegovina at the top of the section, certain of at least a play-off place and with everything to play for when they meet Slovakia and Liechtenstein in October.

Fernando Santos's side showed more attacking intent than on Friday, when they could only win 1-0 in Liechtenstein, with Sotiris Ninis masterminding most of their first-half efforts. However, for all the chances they created, they did not manage to beat Kolinko, who saved Kostas Mitroglou's 14th-minute header. Samaras then shot wide after completing a one-two with Ninis and Mitroglou was narrowly off target with another headed attempt on 32 minutes.

Greece did not show that much in terms of creativity after the interval, but once Salpingidis made the breakthrough they seemed comfortable enough. Māris Verpakovskis missed with a header and Juris Laizāns shot just wide of Orestis Karnezis's goal as Latvia found some space with 20 minutes to go, but a third successive 1-0 qualifying win for the hosts never seemed in doubt.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.15CET

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