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  • Date:16 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:National Stadium - Warsaw
  • Giorgos Karagounis (47)

Live Commentary


The spirit of 2004 is alive and well in this Greek team. Fernando Santos' side are through to the quarter-finals courtesy of a goal by their captain Giorgos Karagounis. The Czech Republic go through as group winners following their 1-0 win over co-hosts Poland.




Greek bodies are being thrown in front of the ball.


Into the first of four minutes of injury time. Can Russia find a dramatic late equaliser?


11th corner of the match for Russia comes to nothing.


Anywhere will do for Greece now. The ball is hacked clear to the halfway line. The Greek fans are bouncing up and down in the stands.




It was Arshavin with the cross from the right. Dzagoev met it with a fine header that had Sifakis beaten all ends up but the ball flashed past the post.


Yet another snatched shot by Russia. Pavlyuchenko with the high and not so handsome strike.


Final throw of the dice for Advocaat. Marat Izmailov is on for Anyukov.


Greece are happy to defend deep now with two banks of white shirts that the Russians have to play past.


We are 15 minutes away from a major upset in Group A. Poland at the bottom of the group and Greece going through as it stands.


Denisov drills low but the shot is saved by Sifakis.


The Czech Republic have taken the lead in the other match. As it stands Russia and Poland are going out.


Tzavellas hits the post with a thunderous free-kick!


Karagounis goes off. The EURO 2004 veteran is high-fived by his teammates on the bench. He still can't quite believe the penalty decision.


If the Russians equalise now Greece will feel a real sence of injustice. It was a fabulous run by Karagounis.


TV replays suggest that the Greek captain was tripped.


KARAGOUNIS GOES DOWN IN THE BOX! But it's no penalty and he is booked for diving.




Torossidis barrells into the box and crosses but the Russians hack it clear.


Greece cannot continue to defend so deep. They back off Denisov and his crisp strike flies inches wide.


Pavlyuchenko tries to carry the ball into the box but is gang tackled by three Greek defenders.


Greece are in no hurry to get players forward - the onus is on Russia to commit men forward.


Samaras breaking well and is a threat with the ball at his feet, but his shot from range is weak and doesn't trouble Malafeev.


After some excellent holdup play, Samaras goes down following a tackle by Anyukov, but no action taken.


Out of nothing Greece take the lead on the stroke of half time. Karagounis makes the most of a terrible Russian mistake to drive low past Malafeev. Unbelievable! Greeks go into the break ahead. As it stands they are going through to the quarter finals.


Ignashevich gives the ball away and Karagounis scores!


Heading into added time at the end of the first half. Russia are pressing but the Greek defence is well marshalled.


Good work by Samaras to relieve the pressure on the Greece defence.


Glushakov wins a corner. Ball played short to Zhirkov and he curls a shot just over the bar.


Kerzhakov unable to make the most of another decent Russian chance following a knock down into the Greek box.


Greece resorting to long balls out of defence but the Russians are not troubled.


Russia moving the ball so quickly that Greece are struggling to win the it back.


More last ditch defending from the Greeks. This time it's Papadopoulos with the sliding clearance of a dangerous Arshavin centre.


Almost 56,000 in the National Stadium to watch this clash.


Russia build patiently and win another corner but it comes to nothing.


The pressure is building for Russia who are enjoying the bulk of the possession at the moment.


Russia almost score. Breaking from a Greek corner Yuri Zhirkov bursts into the box and tees up Dzagoev but he can't beat the Greek stopper.


SO CLOSE! Kerzhakov with a swerving shot which just goes wide of Sifakis' left hand post. Would have been a contender for goal of the tournament.


More pressure from Russia. The ball is pulled back to Dzagoev but he fires wildly over the bar from the edge of the area.


First good chance of the match for the Russians. Arshavin hits the target but straight at Sifakis.


Russia temporarily down to ten men and Greece nearly take advantage but Giorgios Samaras' cross just too long.


Lively start to the match by the Greeks. Corner taken by Giorgios Karagounis steered onto goal by Kostas Katsouranis but Vyacheslav Malafeev alert to make the stop.


We are underway in Warsaw.

Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev; Aleksandr Anyukov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksei Berezutski; Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov, Alan Dzagoev, Denis Glushakov; Andrey Arshavin (capt), Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

Teams Greece: Michalis Sifakis; Giannis Mariatis, Giorgos Tzavellas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Vassilis Torossidis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos; Giorgios Karagounis (capt), Kostas Katsouranis; Giorgos Samaras, Dimitris Salpingidis; Fanis Gekas.

Russia are looking to extend their unbeaten run to 17 games. Dick Advocaat side have an impressive record against Greece. They have won all four meetings against the Greeks at the European Championships and have lost just three of their previous 21 meetings with the 2004 champions.

A win or a draw will see Russia go through to the quarter finals.

Greece must win in order to stay in the tournament. Their Portuguese coach Fernando Santos called up Aris goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis in place of PAOK's Kostas Chalkias, who was injured in their 2-1 defeat by the Czechs. Werder Bremen defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is back in the line-up after having served a one-match suspension. He was sent off in the Greeks' opening match against Poland.

Russia's Dutch coach Dick Advocaat has named Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Denis Glushakov over Zenit St Petersburg's Konstantin Zyryanov in the line-up.

Hello and weclome to the AFP's coverage of Greece vs Russia in the final round of matches in Group A.

The second half has begun in Warsaw. For Russia, Pavlyuchenko has come on to replace Kerzhakov.

0-0 at half time in the other match in this group between Poland and the Czech Republic. Should there be no further goals either here or in Wroclaw, it's Russia and Greece who go through to the quarter finals.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Fernando Santos Coach
  • Michalis Sifakis Goal
  • Vassilis Torosidis Defender
  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos Defender
  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos Defender
  • Giorgos Tzavelas Defender
  • Dimitrios Salpingidis Midfielder
  • Konstantinos Katsouranis Midfielder
  • Giorgos Karagounis Midfielder
  • Giannis Maniatis Midfielder
  • Giorgios Samaras Midfielder
  • Fanis Gekas Forward
  • Kostas Chalkias Substitute
  • Alexandros Tzorvas Substitute
  • Stelios Malezas Substitute
  • Nikos Liberopoulos Substitute
  • Kostas Mitroglou Substitute
  • Giorgos Fotakis Substitute
  • Kostas Fortounis Substitute
  • Giannis Fetfatzidis Substitute
  • Jose Holebas
  • Grigoris Makos
  • Sotiris Ninis


  • Dick Advocaat Coach
  • Vyacheslav Malafeev Goal
  • Alexander Anyukov Defender
  • Alexei Berezutski Defender
  • Sergey Ignashevich Defender
  • Yuri Zhirkov Defender
  • Denis Glushakov Midfielder
  • Igor Denisov Midfielder
  • Roman Shirokov Midfielder
  • Alan Dzagoev Forward
  • Alexander Kerzhakov Forward
  • Andrey Arshavin Forward
  • Igor Akinfeev Substitute
  • Anton Shunin Substitute
  • Roman Sharonov Substitute
  • Dmitri Kombarov Substitute
  • Vladimir Granat Substitute
  • Kirill Nababkin Substitute
  • Igor Semshov Substitute
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko Substitute who played
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak Substitute who played
  • Marat Izmailov Substitute who played

Match Report

Greece in Euro 2012 quarters after foiling Russia
Veteran Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis halted Russia's Euro 2012 campaign in its tracks here on Saturday, as the underdogs unexpectedly beat the Group A early pacesetters 1-0 to reach the last eight instead.
Seconds before the end of stoppage time in the first half, the 35-year-old midfielder latched onto a throw-in that Russian defender Sergei Ignashevich failed to deal with.
Dodging between the Russian rearguard, he fired a powerful low cross shot past goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev.
The 4,000 Greek fans in Warsaw's stadium, who up to then had largely been outsung by 20,000 Russians, went wild as Karagounis hit home to put his side through on the head to head rule - both sides ending on four points behind group winners the Czech Republic.
Karagounis, who was in Greece's Euro 2004 winning squad, and his team-mates had gone into the Russia game gung-ho, knowing that only a win would keep them in the tournament.
They had also said they aimed to bring some cheer to their crisis-ravaged homeland.
Six minutes in, Karagounis fired a corner to Kostas Katsouranis, and Dimitris Salpingidis bundled goalwards, only for Malafeev to save.
Salpingidis had been Greece's hero of the night when, after coming on as a half-time substitute, he equalised against Poland for his side, earlier reduced to 10 men.
Three minutes later, Russian captain Andrey Arshavin crossed to rising star Alan Dzagoev but he was beaten by Greek goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis - brought in to replace Kostas Chalkias, injured in their defeat by the Czechs.
Dzagoev tried again a minute later, but fired over the bar, before Aleksandr Kerzhakov shot wide.
Russia continued to show their strength as the half progressed, underlining the Greeks' vulnerability to counter-attacks.
But while not ironclad, Greece's defence remained solid at the end.
Five minutes from half-time, Yuri Zhirkov took a superb short corner, only to shoot over the bar.
With two minutes added on, Karagounis's strike came just seconds before Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson's half-time whistle.
Returning from the dressing room, both sides continued to display fighting spirit.
Russia came within a whisker of equalising in the 56th minute, but Igor Denisov was off-target.
There was gloom for Karagounis when he received a yellow card for being harshly adjudged to have dived in the box, meaning he will miss their quarter-final as he was also booked against the Czechs.
Greece's Giorgos Tzavellas came close to putting them further ahead in the 69th minute, but hit the post.
Five minutes later, Sifakis saved a shot from Igor Denisov, while Russia were again foiled in the 83rd minute when Dzagoev latched onto an Arshavin cross but fired wide.
With Eriksson adding four minutes' stoppage time, a desperate Russia battled to save face, but Sifakis denied Denisov again on his line.





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