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Greece
0
 
2
Argentina
 0-1M. Demichelis  77'
 0-2M. Palermo  89'
HT: 0-0
Peter Mokaba Stadium (Attendance: 38,891)
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
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Greece vs. Argentina
Minute Commentary
92' FULL-TIME
It's all over and Argentina have topped Group B with three wins from three. Greece were close to keeping Argentina at bay, but failed to hold on and showed little to no ambition going the other way and have crashed out of the World Cup with little more than a whimper. Argentina have cruised through to the second round, but defensive worries still remain, and it would be no real surprise if this hugely talented attacking team are undone in the knockout stages by a side with more quality on the break than South Korea, Nigeria or Greece. A team like Mexico perhaps? Javier Aguirre's side await in the last-16.
90' FIRST SHOT ON TARGET
Ninis registers Greece's first shot on target... after 90 minutes!
89' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Messi worked his way into space and forced the keeper into a smart save, but Palermo was on hand to tuck the ball home. His return from the international wilderness has been much debated, but Palermo has only gone and scored at the World Cup! It's almost enough to bring a tear to the eye...
88' GOOAAALLL!!!
It's a goal for Argentina... and Palermo has got it! There are unbelievable scenes as Maradona goes wild on the bench to celebrate his lucky charm's strike. What a story!
85' OFF THE POST!
Messi shows off his sparkling feet, dinking through the Greece defence and spanking a shot past the keeper... only to see it come back off the inside of the post. He's had to wait for 80-odd minutes for any chance to get into this game, but Messi has never given up and full credit to him.
83' STUNNING CHALLENGE
Spiropoulos' sliding tackle in the area denies Messi a shooting opportunity after the captain had finally worked himself through the Greece defence. Top drawer defending that!
81' ALL EYES ON DURBAN
Greece have little hope of getting back into this, and it's now likely to be all down to the result in Durban to see who goes through to play Uruguay in the next round. At the minute it's South Korea, but a goal for Nigeria would send them through instead. Greece need a goal in both games to bag an unlikely last-16 spot.
79' ARGENTINA SUB
Milito makes way for the now infamous figure of Palermo - the striker who rescued Argentina's qualification campaign with that late strike in a stormy Buenos Aires back in November.
77' MORE ON THAT GOAL
The defender saw his header from the set-piece inadvertently blocked by Milito, but he was on hand again to slam in the rebound and put Argentina ahead... finally!!!
76' GOOAAALLL!!!
Demichelis slams in from a corner and Greece's brace resistance is finally broken. It's 1-0!
74' ALMOST A CALAMITY!
Tzorvas' clearance cannons off Moras and goes behind for a corner. Both blame each other, but that could easily have ended up in the back of the net!
73' DURBAN UPDATE
Nigeria have equalised against South Korea from the spot, blowing the second qualification place wide open. It's almost certain that Argentina will finish top now due to the lack of time left for any flurry of goals, but any of the other three teams could still join them in the second round.
71' CAUGHT OFFSIDE
Some lovely Argentinean build-up almost plays in Rodriguez, but the defender just started his run too early and is caught offside.
69' STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER!
The resulting corner falls to Aguero, but he can only find the midriff of the keeper with a pile-driver from a tight angle.
68' TERRIFIC FREE-KICK
Messi finally has space, taking a free-kick from distance, and stings the palms of the keeper with a furious drive.
66' LIVID LIONEL
Messi is getting more and more frustrated with the lack of space he's been given in this game. Papastathopoulos has stuck to the main man like glue and it's been impossible for him to dictate things as he usually does.
64' NO PENALTY!
Milito goes down looking for a penalty as Kyrgiakos pulls his shirt, but the referee is having none of it - and probably rightly so.
62' ARGENTINA CHANGE
Lively winger Di Maria replaces Maxi on the left of the Argentina midfield. The sub has been impressive so far in the tournament and will hope to liven up proceedings.
60' HARD TO FIND A WAY THROUGH
Messi tries to escape the attention of his marker with a clever run that is almost picked out by Veron, but a white shirt steps in to intercept... and that just about encapsulates the whole game in one instance.
58' IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Ninis, the sub, has made a great impact, adding some skill and unpredictability to Greece's attacking game. He wins his side a free-kick and finds Samaras, but the striker blasts his shot wildly wide.
56' TOP EFFORT
Rodriguez bursts forward from left-back, cutting inside and unleashing a powerful shot that slams wide of the near post with Tzorvas scrambling.
54' CH-CH-CHANGES
Greece have their last two subs, bringing on Ninis and Patsatzoglou for the injured Torosidis and Katsouranis.
53' DURBAN UPDATE
South Korea have taken the lead against Nigeria, which means Greece will have to change their policy if they are to progress.
50' HE'LL HAVE TO GO OFF
Torosidis has pulled a muscle and will have to be replaced.
49' ATTACKING INTENT?
Torosidis bursts forward from midfield and runs at the Argentina defence, only to be dispossessed as he looked to have broken through. You can hardly say that Greece have flung bodies forward, but they're at least having a bit more of a go so far since the break.
47' WHAT A CHANCE!
Another long ball picks out Samaras. The striker takes on the two centre-backs, but sees his shot blocked by Demichelis. The ball rebounds to the Greek front-man, only for him to fire his follow-up wide of the far post when he should have the target. That is far and away the best chance of the game... and it's gone to Greece!
46' SECOND HALF
The game's back underway at the Peter Mokaba Stadium and Greece have made a change, bringing on Spyropoulos for Karagounis.
45' HALF TIME
The whistle goes to bring an end to a first half that has seen Greece at their best - or worst, depending on your viewpoint - and qualification from Group B is still wide open as it stands.
44' STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER
Maxi has a shot in space in the area - a rarity in this game - but the keeper is equal to it and palms the ball away. Messi follows up with a shot from outside of the area, but Tzorvas tips it over the bar.
43' TOUGH TASK
After all the pre-match hype, this scratch Argentina team have been well marshalled by a Greek side who have set out to defend deep and in numbers. The talent on the bench for the South Americans is phenomenal, and expect some of the likes of Tevez, Higuain and Di Maria to be used after the break to make the difference.
41' DURBAN UPDATE
South Korea have equalised against Nigeria which means that currently it's the Asian side going through. If that score stays the same then Greece need a win.
39' SAMARAS STRIKES AGAIN
The lone Greek threat does well to burst away from his marker and almost threads through a killer final ball to Katsouranis in the box. That would have been the best chance of the game, but the pass was fractionally over-hit.
37' CUT-THROAT TACTICS
Veron is clattered in the centre of the park and Tziolis is lucky to escape a booking. It is probably a coincidence that that challenge came just as Veron was starting to grow into the game for Argentina...
35' IT'S NOT PRETTY...
... but Greece's style of football is extremely effective. They won Euro 2004 thanks to performances just like this - stifling much better teams and nicking the odd goal on the break. Argentina will have to be wary, but it's doubtful that Maradona has any such word in his vocabulary!
33' BLOCKED BY THE LAST MAN
The keeper is left stranded in his box and is grateful for a last-ditch sliding block by Vyntra to deny Aguero.
31' BOOKING
Katsouranis picks up a yellow card for a cynical pull-back on Aguero. That's very much a case of taking one for the team, a yellow card was the only outcome.
30' LONG-BALL THREAT
The reason for the selection of Samaras over Gekas is now clear - the striker will be left on his own up-front with the hope of using his pace to get on long balls from the mass of Greek players back in defence. It almost pays off as Karagounis' ball forward flies just fractionally too long for the onrushing Celtic man to claim behind the Argentina defence.
27' PATIENT BUILD-UP
Argentina's build-up play is patient, but they are struggling to break through the banks of white shirts camped on the edge of the box.
25' STICKING TO HIM LIKE GLUE
Papastathopoulos has been sacrificed from the Greece attacking plans and has shadowed Messi everywhere the Barca man has gone. He is almost not concerned with where the ball is, only on making sure that Messi never has space when he first receives the ball. So far he's doing a great job.
22' SHOULD HAVE BEEN YELLOW
Papastathopoulos hacks down Messi and should have seen a card for that. The Argentinean players are furious - a booking for Messi's man-marker would have left him in fear of a sending off for the remainder of the game.
20' REPORT FROM DURBAN
Uche has scored for Nigeria against South Korea, making it 1-0 to the Africans and leaving them level on points with Greece. If these two scores stayed the same then the Greeks would still go through on goal difference.
19' WHAT A BELTER!
The corner is cleared and falls to Veron well outside of the box, but the veteran midfielder almost opens the scoring with a stunning strike that is palmed away by the keeper.
17' DELIGHTFUL SKILL
Aguero spins his marker and bursts into space on the left of the area, forcing Tzorvas into a save at his near post.
15' NASTY COLLISION
Demichelis is caught out by a weak pass and is almost robbed by Samaras. The two players arrive at the ball at full pelt simultaneously and the result is quite a painful collision for both. The ref could give the free-kick either way, but goes with the defender on this occasion.
14' FIRST GREECE CORNER
White shirts pile forward for the first time in this game to try and make the most of a rare set-piece opportunity, but Argentina's defence stands firm.
13' THREAT ON THE BREAK
A searing long pass finds Samaras all on his own in the Argentina half. He isolates Demichelis and runs at the defender in the area, but the villain against South Korea makes amends, pulling off a great sliding tackle. That's the problem for Argentina - for all of their attacking brilliance, they are hugely vulnerable at the back.
11' TOOK TOO LONG
Messi squares a free-kick to Maxi in space, but the Liverpool man takes too long lining up his shot and sees his effort charged down by one of a wall of white shirts sprinting towards him.
8' MESSI MAGIC
The World Player of the Year shows his class, skipping past challenges and almost finding a way through the Greece defence, only to be halted by his man-marker for this evening, Papastathopoulos.
6' PERFECT CONDITIONS
The pitch at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane - formerly Pietersburg - is a carpet and will suit Argentina down to the ground. If the opening stages are anything to go by then Greece are going to be chasing shadows at the northernmost ground of the tournament.
4' RARE ERROR
Veron passes the ball out of play under no pressure. That's one for the archives!
2' EARLY DOMINANCE
Argentina have controlled possession in the early stages, and Veron - decked out in the snazzy all-blue kit - wins his side a free-kick with some silky footwork in the centre of the park.
1' KICK-OFF
Greece get the game underway with a long ball back to the keeper. If that doesn't sum this team up...
0' THE ANTHEMS
The two teams emerge from the tunnel and belt out the anthems over the now familiar drone of the vuvuzela orchestra.
0' CRUNCH TIME FOR GROUP B
All four teams could still qualify from this group. Argentina could lost and still go through - depending on goal difference - while Greece could go through with a draw if South Korea lose to Nigeria.
0' THE LINE-UPS
Maradona has made seven changes. Messi is captain in the absence of Mascherano, and will team up with Aguero and Milito in a staggering attacking unit. Veron returns, while neither Samuel nor Heinze are risked at the back. It's still a quality side, which is just as well, because Argentina aren't through yet! The Greece team also has the odd shock, star striker Gekas misses out with Samaras coming in, while Moras replaces Salpingidis at the back.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Veron is back in contention, but Samuel is unlikely to feature after picking up a thigh strain against Korea. Otamendi is likely to come in for the suspended Gutierrez, while Milito and Aguero could be used from the start for the first time. Greece were much improved in their second game and are likely to stick with the same XI.
0' PREVIEW
Argentina are huge favourites to finish top of Group B, but are still not guaranteed a second round place despite two wins. Even a two-goal defeat at the hands of Greece would see them reach the last 16. Defeat for Greece would send them out, but a draw could be enough - depending on the other result.
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Teams
Greece
(4-5-1)
Alexandros Tzorvas12
Sotirios Kyrgiakos16
Loukas Vyntra11
Avraam Papadopoulos8
55' Vassillis Torosidis15
Alexandros Tziolis6
Sokratis Papastathopoulos19
Evangelos Moras5
46' Giorgos Karagounis10
30' 55' Konstantinos Katsouranis21
Georgios Samaras7
Substitutes
Michail Sifakis13
Konstantinos Chalkias1
55' Christos Patsatzoglou3
46' Nikolaos Spiropoulos4
Giourkas Seitaridis2
Stilianos Malezas22
55' Sotiris Ninis18
Athanasios Prittas23
Theofanis Gekas17
Angelos Charisteas9
Pantelis Kapetanos20
Dimitrios Salpigidis14
Argentina
(4-3-3)
22Sergio Romero
4Nicolás Burdisso
2Martín Demichelis 77' 
15Nicolás Otamendi
3Clemente Rodríguez
8Juan Sebastián Verón
5Mario Bolatti 76'
20Maxi Rodríguez 63'
16Sergio Agüero 77'
10Lionel Messi
19Diego Milito 80'
Substitutes
21Mariano Andújar
1Diego Pozo
6Gabriel Heinze
13Walter Samuel
12Ariel Garcé
7Ángel Di María 63'
23Javier Pastore 77'
14Javier Mascherano
18Martín Palermo 80' 89' 
11Carlos Tevez
9Gonzalo Higuaín
Team Stats
Greece Argentina
0 Goals 2
0 Assists 1
7 Shots 22
3 Shots on Goal 12
11 Saves 3
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
9 Crosses 25
1 Corner Kicks 10
0 Offsides 2
15 Fouls Committed 8
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
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Greece
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
12A. Tzorvas - 0 0 2 11
5E. Moras 0 0 0 - -
6A. Tziolis 0 0 0 - -
7G. Samaras 0 0 0 - -
8A. Papadopoulos 0 0 0 - -
10G. Karagounis 0 0 0 - -
11L. Vyntra 0 0 0 - -
15V. Torosidis 0 0 0 - -
16S. Kyrgiakos 0 0 0 - -
19S. Papastathopoulos 0 0 0 - -
21K. Katsouranis 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
3C. Patsatzoglou 0 0 0 - -
4N. Spiropoulos 0 0 0 - -
18S. Ninis 0 0 0 - -

Argentina
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
22S. Romero - 0 0 0 3
2M. Demichelis 1 0 0 - -
3C. Rodríguez 0 0 0 - -
4N. Burdisso 0 0 0 - -
5M. Bolatti 0 1 0 - -
8J. Verón 0 0 0 - -
10L. Messi 0 0 0 - -
15N. Otamendi 0 0 0 - -
16S. Agüero 0 0 0 - -
19D. Milito 0 0 0 - -
20M. Rodríguez 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
7Á. Di María 0 0 0 - -
18M. Palermo 1 0 0 - -
23J. Pastore 0 0 0 - -
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CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
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FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
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