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Belgium power past Greece

Published: Thursday 16 May 2002, 23.05CET
Belgium produced a disciplined performance to overcome a talented Greek side 2-1.

Match statistics

GreeceBelgium

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 2: GRE / BEL / FRA / CZE

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1France France11002023
2Belgium Belgium11002113
3Greece Greece100112-10
4Czech Republic Czech Republic100102-20

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:51 CET
Published: Thursday 16 May 2002, 23.05CET

Belgium power past Greece

Belgium produced a disciplined performance to overcome a talented Greek side 2-1.

Belgium produced a disciplined performance to overcome a talented Greek side in their opening match in Group 2 of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Soetaers seals game
Koen Daerden gave Jean-François de Sart's team the lead on 33 minutes, and despite some fine approach play from Greece throughout the second half, substitute Tom Soetaers sealed the game in the 83rd minute, making Xenofon Gitas's injury-time strike a mere consolation.

Defensive maturity
Greece had gone into the game confident after a 3-2 friendly win over Belgium two months ago, but De Sart's team showed a defensive discipline and maturity that belied their years. Jonas De Roeck and Birger Maertens were especially impressive at the back, their physical approach blunting the Greek attack.

Chatelle goes close
Thomas Chatelle almost gave Belgium the perfect start when he received the ball on the edge of the area virtually straight from the kick-off, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Dufer's tap-in
Greece's runs and passing moves were catching the eye in the early period of the game, but they seemed to lack the guile to break the stubborn Belgian back line. Instead, on 33 minutes, Belgium claimed the lead. R. Charleroi SC's Gregory Dufer received the ball on the break, and crossed in to Daerden, who needed only to tap home, with Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos lying injured in the box.

Theodoridis threat
Greece launched several attacks, but never troubled Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet. After half-time they began to look more potent, the introduction of Georgios Theodoridis proving useful and he went close with a shot against Gillet's legs.

Substitute makes sure
Dufer had gone close with a chip on the hour-mark and, with Greek frustration growing,  Belgium looked increasingly like to claim a second. This they did with seven minutes to go when Soetaers, who had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes, shot under Greek goalkeeper Stefanos Kotsolis after a through-ball from Stefan Teelen.

De Sart "satisfied"
Greece did halve the deficit in injury time when Gitas turned in a Theodoridis shot, but it was too late to save the game by that point. The cutting edge was needed sooner. After the game a satisfied De Sart said: "I'm very satisfied, it's really nice to kick off the tournament with a win. I chose to rest Soetars because it's a long tournament but he showed his instinct for goal immediately after coming on."

'Their win was deserved'
Greek coach Andrea Michalopoulos conceded his side failed to show their true form. "We were very nervous and failed to produce our best form," he said. "The Belgians were clearly better from the first minute and their win was deserved. We were surprised by the speed of their counterattacks and never got into the match after going behind."

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Belgium

Belgium

1
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis
1
GilletJean-François Gillet
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
3
De RoeckJonas De Roeck
3
LoumpoutisKonstantinos Loumpoutis
4
MaertensBirger Maertens
4
KyriazisGiorgos Kyriazis
8
van DesselKevin van Dessel
Yellow Card61
6
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Substitution78
13
TeelenStefan Teelen
7
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution46
15
ReigelTim Reigel
9
PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
16
ChatelleThomas Chatelle
Substitution70
13
NastosVangelis Nastos
Substitution58
17
DelorgePeter Delorge
14
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
18
Van DoorenGonzague Van Dooren
16
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Yellow Card72
19
DuferGrégory Dufer
5
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
Yellow Card10
20
DaerdenKoen Daerden
Goal33

Substitutes

10
KazantzisGeorgios Kazantzis
2
VranckenWouter Vrancken
11
TheodoridisGeorgios Theodoridis
Substitution46
5
LachambreVincent Lachambre
12
VallasSpyros Vallas
6
VandenbroeckSven Vandenbroeck
17
GitasXenofon Gitas
Substitution78
Goal90+2
7
TheunisDavy Theunis
18
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution58
9
de WildeBjorn de Wilde
19
PitsosMinas Pitsos
10
SoetaersTom Soetaers
Substitution70
Yellow Card75
Goal83
20
AgritisAnastasios Agritis
11
GrégoireChristophe Grégoire
21
VangelisLampros Vangelis
14
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
15
AnastasopoulosNikolaos Anastasopoulos
21
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
22
LiourdisIoannis Liourdis
12
RenardOlivier Renard
8
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
22
MardulierCliff Mardulier

Coach

Andreas Michalopoulos (GRE) Jean-François De Sart (BEL)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Ciaran Delaney (IRL)

Fourth official

Franz-Xaver Wack (GER)

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