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Greece
2
 
1
Nigeria
 0-1K. Uche  16'
D. Salpigidis  44' 1-1 
V. Torosidis  71' 2-1 
HT: 1-1
Free State Stadium (Attendance: 31,593)
Referee: Oscar Julian Ruiz
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Greece vs. Nigeria
Minute Commentary
96' GROUP B WIDE OPEN
Argentina do look to be cruising through in Group B, but the rest of it is wide open after that result. Greece benefitted from Nigeria's red card in the first half, but look average at best, and it will be a surprise if they get far in the competition. Nigeria still have a chance of going through, but will need to win their final game and hope the other result goes their way. From a neutral's perspective, thank goodness for the red card, it really livened up what was looking likely to be a dire match. In the end it was a bit of a belter!
95' FULL-TIME
It's all over in Bloemfontein and Greece have won a game at a World Cup Finals for the first ever time.
94' STYLISH SAMARAS
The Greek substitute beats two men on the by-line but hammers his shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle.
93' ANOTHER SMART SAVE
Tziolis forces Enyeama into another decent stop, diving full-length and knocking the ball behind.
92' MOMENTS LEFT
There are just two minutes left of stoppage time, and Nigeria appear to have run out of ideas.
90' GREECE TO GET LUCKY
The Euro 2004 Champions had things go their way that year, and have had a real slice of luck here. Completely outplayed by South Korea in their opening game, they were out on their feet before that red card, and have benefited from a deflection and a goalkeeping error for their two goals.
89' TIME RUNNING OUT
If Nigeria don't find a goal in the remainder of this game then their World Cup is effectively over. After showing their quality in both games, an early exit would be a severe disappointment, but they still stand a chance if they beat South Korea in the final match.
87' YELLOW CARD
Samaras picks up a yellow for a scrappy challenge in the middle of the park.
83' WIDE OF THE POST
Uche cuts back inside and has a shot, but it flies harmlessly wide. Time is running out for another African side who look to be struggling to make the last-16.
82' OVER THE BAR
A whipped corner makes it all the way through to Kyrgiakos, but the defender's shot is wild and flies high over the bar.
80' CHANGE FOR GREECE
The highly-rated youngster Ninis replaces Gekas.
79' SUBSTITUTION
Echiejile, who came on for the injured Taiwo, has picked up a knock himself, and is replaced by Afolabi.
77' EXPERIENCE SHINES THROUGH
Karagounis has become majorly involved in the last five minutes, and fires in another great shot, forcing the ever-involved Enyeama to get down and push the ball away.
75' WIDE OPEN NOW
Greece are getting more and more space, but Nigeria are looking dangerous going forward. Both Karagounis and Yakubu almost find the net with sensational long distance efforts.
73' A FIRST OF THE TOURNAMENT
That is the first time a team has come from behind to lead in this World Cup. Credit to Greece, they looked dead and buried after the opener.
72' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Tziolis has a go from distance, but the keeper - after all his heroics - spills the ball needlessly in a very Rob Green-esque incident, and Torosidis tucks home into an empty net.
71' GOOAAALLL!!!
Torosidis scores for Greece!
70' MARGINAL DECISION
Gekas is adjudged to be offside, but his effort strikes the bar in any case.
69' STUNNING SAVE!!!
Samaras' header looks destined for the top corner... only for Enyeama to dive full-length and tip the ball away in arguably the save of the tournament to date.
68' WONDERFUL DEFENDING
The ball is crossed for Gekas, but Yobo rises well to deny the striker and put it behind.
66' LIMITED TO LONG RANGE
Greece can't get through the Nigeria defensive ranks and are being limited to shots from distance. Tziolis has a pop this time, but Yobo blocks it.
64' SHOCKING INTRODUCTION
Ogbuke Obasi missed that sitter and has generally had a shocker since coming on at the break. It's unfortunate, as Nigeria have plenty of space on the counter-attack. Expect Martins to be introduced shortly to spice up their attacking game.
62' YELLOW CARD
Tziolis was booked for his atrocious challenge in the midst of Nigeria's lightning break.
61' GREAT EXCITEMENT
That passage of play was the most exciting of the tournament so far and both teams now look capable of scoring as they play into space on the counter.
60' GREAT CHANCE FOR BOTH!
Gekas is superbly denied by Enyeama. Tziolis commits a horrible foul from the rebound, but the ref plays advantage. Yakubu's one-on-one is saved by the keeper, but Obasi should really put it away, only to slice his shot wide with an open goal to aim for. Incredible opportunities for both teams, but credit to the two keepers.
59' DANGEROUS CHALLENGE
Shittu gets a boot in the face and does well to ignore the physical assault and clear the danger.
59' DANGEROUS CHALLENGE
Shittu gets a boot in the face and does well to ignore the physical assault and clear the danger.
56' DULL SINCE THE BREAK
Nigeria have defended well since half time and have limited Greece to some neat interplay in the centre of the park.
54' DOWN TO NINE
Greece pile bodies forward as the Nigerians are temporarily down to nine with Taiwo off the pitch.
52' TAIWO'S DOWN
Taiwo has collapsed to the ground and looks highly unlikely to continue.
50' TOUGH TASK FOR THE YAK
Yakubu did well in the first half, but will have to work his socks off on his own up-front now.
48' GOOD KEEPING
Uche digs out a lovely cross that Tzorvas does brilliantly to back pedal and palm over his bar. That looked to be dipping in at the far post.
46' SUBSTITUTE AT THE BREAK
Ogbuke Obasi comes on for Odemwingie as Nigeria look to get a bit of defensive solidity into midfield.
46' SECOND HALF
We're underway in the second half.
45' 1-1 AT THE BREAK
It may have started slowly, but the first half of this Group B glamour tie burst into life when Uche's free-kick travelled all the way into the back of the net. Nigeria were all over their opponents, but shot themselves in the foot with a pointless red card for Kaita. Greece turned the tables on the ten-man Nigerians, bringing on an extra striker and causing real problems in the final third, finding the back of the net through a fluky deflected effort. It's still anyone's game, but Nigeria will have to work hard with a man light.
45' SOLID GOALKEEPING
Enyeama has been excellent again for Nigeria, and does well to cut out a dangerous Salpigidis cross that was destined for the forehead of Samaras.
45' WASTED OPPORTUNITY
Taiwo has the opportunity to get the ball into the box with a free-kick midway inside the Greece half, but goes for goal and fails to really trouble the keeper.
44' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Salpigidis was only trying his luck, but Haruna's block sent the ball looping into the far corner to give Greece their first ever World Cup goal. The celebrations from the bench show just how much that means. Game on!
43' GOOAAALLL!!!
Salpigidis' deflected shot wrong-foots the keeper and draws Greece level!
41' OFF THE LINE!
Samaras manages to get a toe onto a hammered cross into the box to flick it from behind him and on target, but the ball is cleared off the line.
40' TIPPED OVER THE BAR
A deflected shot loops high into the air and the keeper has to be alert to turn the ball over the bar.
39' DENIED AN EQUALISER
Enyeama pulls off a great stop to deny Gekas after wonderfully uncharacteristic Greek interplay in the final third. Shittu dives in and clears the loose ball.
37' GREEK CHANGE
Samaras comes on for Papastathopoulos as Greece look to take advantage of the extra man with an attacking switch.
35' AGONY FOR NIGERIA
Kaita is absolutely distraught as he trudges off, but he can have no excuses, it was a needless flick of the boot and the ref had no option but to pull out the red.
33' RED CARD!!!
Kaita is sent off for a completely needless incident on the touchline. He pushes Torosidis and flicks out with his foot as the ball runs out of play, and receives an inevitable red card as a result.
31' THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
Greece have never been the most aesthetically pleasing side in world football, but on the evidence of their opening 120 minutes of this World Cup they've regressed yet further into their shell.
28' MUST DO BETTER
Karagounis may have been a terrific player in the past, but his legs are gone and he just can't dominate midfield like he used to in his prime. The captain can still shoot, but his long-range effort is about as comfortable a save for Enyeama as you're likely to see.
25' DEATH OF THE VUVUZELA?
Even though FIFA have insisted that they will not ban vuvuzelas from the remainder of the tournament, the recognisable drone has become ever-more faint as the tournament has gone on. An example of positive peer pressure perhaps?
24' LONE FURROW
Gekas is becoming increasingly isolated up top for Greece. With Nigeria dominating midfield he has little support, and the lack of quality on any balls forward aren't giving the European top-scorer in qualification much to work with.
22' CAN'T HANDLE THE YAK
Yakubu is all over the Greek back-line, holding the ball up well and bringing his attacking colleagues into play.
20' NIGERIA WELL ON TOP
Greece are all over the place at the back and look as if they could easily concede another. A two-goal deficit would be a mountain to climb for a team with such a limited attacking game.
17' BIZARRE ERROR
Tzorvas has no need to move for Yakubu's shot, which was going a good ten yards wide, but went to collect the ball and simply palmed it behind for a corner. Comic goalkeeping!
15' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Uche's whipped free-kick seemingly picked out Odemwingie, but the attacker dummied his header, fooling the keeper, and the ball travelled directly into the net. Shambolic at the back from Greece!
14' GOOAAALLL!!!
Uche scores direct from the free-kick. It's 1-0 to Nigeria!
13' YELLOW CARD
Papastathopoulos picks up a booking and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous area.
11' SPECULATIVE EFFORT
Katsouranis could have set Gekas away, but goes for an exceedingly adventurous effort, pinging in a shot from the centre circle in an attempt to catch out the keeper. That is a pretty accurate reflection of the match as a whole; ignoring a cutting edge for a blunt battering-ram approach.
7' OH DEAR...
Odiah does well to make space for himself after some silky Nigerian build-up, but his volleyed cross is far too heavy and sails over the head of Yakubu.
4' THREAT IN THE AIR
The ever-dangerous Gekas is bundled away from a decent cross in by Salpigidis, but the Greeks got in down the flanks too easily there.
3' SLOW START
Neither side have got their key attacking players on the ball and it's all a little scrappy in the centre of the park.
1' HEAD-TO-HEAD
These two met in the 1994 World Cup - the only other time Greece have reached a Finals - but the Europeans lost on that occasion 2-0, and the bookies seem to be expecting a repeat result.
1' KICK-OFF
The game is underway in Bloemfontein and Greece automatically pump the ball long.
0' THE FORM BOOK
Nigeria only scraped through qualifying, but did themselves proud against Argentina in the opening game - despite poor altitude preparation. Greece are in disgraceful form, failing to win in 2010 and are without a single World Cup victory to their name.
0' THE ANTHEMS
The teams emerge from the tunnel at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. There's a hefty Greek contingent in the crowd, but the ground is half empty... or half full, depending on which way you look at it.
0' THE LINE-UPS ARE IN
Otto Rehhagel has mixed things up, bringing in Salpingidis, Kyrgiakos and Papaststhopoulos. Niveria adds Odemwingie and Uche to the mix after opting for a more defensive line-up against Argentina.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Kyrgiakos and Moras are expected to come in to liven things up for Greece, while Nigeria coach Lagerback may well recall the striker Odemwingie after his impressive display as a substitute in the last game.
0' PREVIEW
Both Greece and Nigeria both lost their opening games and know that another defeat here would end their tournament. The African side were decent against Argentina and will be hopeful of getting the better of a Greek team who posed little attacking threat in their opener.
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Teams
Greece
(4-3-3)
Alexandros Tzorvas12
Loukas Vyntra11
Avraam Papadopoulos8
Sotirios Kyrgiakos16
71' Vassillis Torosidis15
60' Alexandros Tziolis6
15' 37' Sokratis Papastathopoulos19
Konstantinos Katsouranis21
Giorgos Karagounis10
79' Theofanis Gekas17
44' Dimitrios Salpigidis14
Substitutes
Michail Sifakis13
Konstantinos Chalkias1
Giourkas Seitaridis2
Christos Patsatzoglou3
Evangelos Moras5
Nikolaos Spiropoulos4
Stilianos Malezas22
79' Sotiris Ninis18
Athanasios Prittas23
88' 37' Georgios Samaras7
Angelos Charisteas9
Pantelis Kapetanos20
Nigeria
(4-4-2)
1Vincent Enyeama
17Chidi Odiah
2Joseph Yobo
6Daniel Olusola Shittu
3Taye Ismaila Taiwo 55'
14Sani Kaita 33'
20Dickson Etuhu
15Haruna Abdulkarim Lukman
12Kalu Uche 16' 
8Yakubu Aiyegbeni
11Peter Odemwingie 46'
Substitutes
16Austin Ejide
23Dele Aiyenugba
5Rabiu Afolabi 77'
21Elderson Uwa Echiejile 55' 77'
22Ayodele Adeleye
4Nwankwo Kanu
13Atanda Ayila Yussuf
19Chinedu Obasi 89' 46'
9Obafemi Martins
18Victor Nsofor Obinna
7John Utaka
10Brown Ideye
Team Stats
Greece Nigeria
2 Goals 1
1 Assists 0
27 Shots 10
11 Shots on Goal 4
1 Saves 9
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
38 Crosses 15
11 Corner Kicks 3
3 Offsides 1
13 Fouls Committed 15
3 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
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Greece
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
12A. Tzorvas - 0 0 1 1
6A. Tziolis 0 1 0 - -
8A. Papadopoulos 0 0 0 - -
10G. Karagounis 0 0 0 - -
11L. Vyntra 0 0 0 - -
14D. Salpigidis 1 0 0 - -
15V. Torosidis 1 0 0 - -
16S. Kyrgiakos 0 0 0 - -
17T. Gekas 0 0 0 - -
19S. Papastathopoulos 0 1 0 - -
21K. Katsouranis 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
7G. Samaras 0 1 0 - -
18S. Ninis 0 0 0 - -

Nigeria
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1V. Enyeama - 0 0 2 9
2J. Yobo 0 0 0 - -
3T. Taiwo 0 0 0 - -
6D. Shittu 0 0 0 - -
8Y. Aiyegbeni 0 0 0 - -
11P. Odemwingie 0 0 0 - -
12K. Uche 1 0 0 - -
14S. Kaita 0 0 1 - -
15H. Lukman 0 0 0 - -
17C. Odiah 0 0 0 - -
20D. Etuhu 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
5R. Afolabi 0 0 0 - -
19C. Obasi 0 1 0 - -
21E. Echiejile 0 0 0 - -
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SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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