Greece 0 Ukraine 0: Athens draw sets up tough return leg in Donetsk

15 November 2009 09:11
Greece, the European champions five years ago, face a tough battle to qualify for the World Cup finals after being held by Ukraine in Athens.

'The players probably had in their mind to keep the Ukrainians from scoring,' said Otto Rehhagel, the 71-year-old German who led the Greeks to their Euro 2004 win and is likely to step down it they don't make it to the World Cup.

Deadlock: Georgios Karagounis (R) brings down former Chelsea flop Andriy Shevchenko with a tough tackle during the Athens draw

Liverpool defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos almost won it for Greece in the dying seconds but headed wide.

'The result leaves everything open,' said Rehhagel.

Making a fist of it: Ukraine 'keeper Andrii Piatov punches the ball clear to deny Liverpool defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos

'Ukraine were impressive in their passing game and their attacking players were very good.'

Ukraine coach Alexei Mikhailichenko believes his side are favourites for Wednesday's return leg in Donetsk.

'We have a slight advantage because we will be playing at home,' he said.

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