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TITLE TEAMS: Greece v Japan
Thursday, June 19, 2014
HT: 0-0
Arena das Dunas (Attendance: 39,485)
Referee: Joel Aguilar
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Japan vs. Greece
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I'd love to say this was a match to add to the collection of memorable fixtures we've had up to now in the 2014 World Cup, but unfortunately I've always been taught that honesty is the best policy. This one started brightly enough, with Japan keeping the ball well in the centre of the park, and Greece looking quite dangerous on the counter. However, there was a severe shortage of golden opportunities in the first period, with an Okubo header and Torosidis drive from the edge of the area the only exceptions. The only real moment of drama in the first 45 minutes came when Kostas Katsouranis got himself sent off for two awful challenges that occured within minutes of each other. Kostas Mitroglou had to go off earlier on as he picked up an injury, and Greece coach Fernando Santos had to make his second sub as Fetfatzidis made way for Georgios Karagounis. Alberto Zaccheroni's men had the lion's share of possession in the second half and had a great chance to take the lead when substitute Shinji Kagawa's ball over the top was volleyed across goal by Atsuto Uchida for the onrushing Okubo, who somehow managed to sky his effort from three yards out. Aside from that however, Greece weren't put under too much pressure, and could have even stolen the points themselves had Samaras got a better connection on a free header from a corner with just under ten minutes left on the clock. As it was though, the match ended scoreless, and neutrals were left to rue a rare 90 minutes of tedium in what has been an otherwise wonderful tournament. Group C looks interestingly poised at the moment, and hopefully the last round of matches will bring us more excitement than what was on offer tonight.
The referee blows his whistle and brings a close to a relatively dull game. The spoils have been shared between Japan and Greece in Group C.
We are halfway through the time allotted, and Greece are nearly there. Japan are aiming hopeful balls into the area, and Orestis Karnezis is catching every one. You have to give them credit - they have dealt with Japan's threat brilliantly despite being down to ten men.
We will have four additional minutes in this Group C clash - four minutes for a winner. Who wants it?
After Greece waste a half chance at one end, they are caught short at the other as Japan break at pace. In the end Vasileios Torosidis is forced to take one for the team, giving away a free-kick on the edge of the area that earns him a booking. Endo drives the set piece towards the far bottom corner, but Karnezis is down sharply to palm the ball away.
They have huffed and puffed, but Japan have yet to blow the Greek house down, and just three minutes remain until we enter injury time. The men in blue look absolutely shattered at the moment, and don't look like they have the energy to find the winner - I've been proved wrong before, though.
Yuto Nagatomo cuts inside from the left and releases a vicious drive towards goal that is headed on from three yards out by Maya Yoshida. Yoshida's reactionary header cannons over the bar though, and the Japanese bench erupts in anger. It very much looks as though Greece are going to hang on to a hard earned draw with ten men here.
He has been a peripheral figure for the majority of this game, which is understandable given his side are down to ten men, but Georgios Samaras has an opportunity to win it for Greece as he gets his head to a corner from the right. However, the striker mistimes his leap slightly, and the ball trickles behind for a goal kick. Seven minutes remain.
Panagiotis Kone, who has put in a shift for the Greeks tonight, is replaced by Dimitrios Salpingidis. Salpingidis has got pace to burn, and could cause the Japanese backline some problems if Greece can get the ball into their half in these last ten minutes.
Yoshito Okubo looks up from 40 yards out, and thinks to himself "why not"? He has a pop, and Orestis Karnezis is forced to make a sprawling save in the Greece goal. Konstantinos Manolas clears the following corner - the Japanese frustration continues.
Fifteen minutes left on the clock, with Japan and Greece heading for a goalless draw in Group C - is there time for a hero to emerge for one of these two teams? If there is it's likely to be a Japanese player, as they are dominating proceedings at present, with Fernando Santos' men defending valiantly with ten men for the draw. Just a reminder - Greece face Ivory Coast in the last round of games, while Japan take on Colombia.
A regulation cross from the left should be easily dealt with by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but he dwells on the ball in the middle of the Greece area, and Maya Yoshida sprints in to try and make the most of his hesitation. However, the Southampton man guides his stabbed right foot attempt wide from point blank range - it's just not going in for Alberto Zaccheroni's men at the moment.
Shinji Kagawa shows us all what he can do, but has so rarely produced in the Premier League as he picks the ball up in space in the centre of the Greece half. He dinks a lovely pass over the top for Atsuto Uchida, who guides a perfect volleyed pass across goal for Okubo. Orestis Karnezis is nowhere to be seen, but Okubo blazes over the bar from a couple of yards out. That was the chance to break the deadlock, and Japan have missed it. How huge a moment could that prove to be in Group C?
For the first time in this second period, a Japanese player has the opportunity to hare into space as Yuto Nagatomo gets down the left. He has a plethora of options in the middle, and decides to pull it back for Keisuke Honda, but the ball was always bouncing too high for the midfielder, and Jose Cholevas is on hand to take the pressure off the Greeks.
Samaras somehow manages to con the man in the middle with a hopeful dive as he charges towards the Japan area, and Greece have a free-kick in a good area here. As always in this competition however, the ball in is poor, with Panagiotis Kone being the guilty party this time. Half an hour remains for us to get a goal, or maybe more, in this one.
It's been all Japan at the start of this second half, but Greece relieve the pressure by forcing a succession of corners. The last one nearly proves to be fatal for the Japanese as Theofanis Gekas leaps like a salmon to power a header towards the bottom corner, but Kawashima does excellently to dive to his right and beat the ball away. Fernando Santos' men may well feel they should actually be ahead in this match.
Alberto Zaccheroni has seen enough, and decides to make his second change of the night, with Man Utd's creative midfielder Shinji Kagawa entering the fray in place of Yuya Osako. Can Kagawa find the key to unlock the Greek backline?
Georgios Samaras is getting very frustrated with his isolation up top, and he takes it out on Okubo with a nasty, late challenge outside the Greece box. That's a yellow card for him, and rightly so. This game is not making for exciting viewing at the moment I must say. If Vicente Del Bosque fell asleep during the Chile-Netherlands clash, he'll definitely be in the land of nod now.
Makoto Hasebe made way for Japan at the break by the way, with Yasuhito Endo taking his place. Can that change bring some impetus and energy into their forward line?
The set piece woe continues in Brazil as Yasuhito Endo curls one in towards Honda and Yoshida, but he puts too much power onto it and the ball sails behind for a Greece goal kick. Alberto Zaccheroni will be disappointed that his side aren't putting Greece's ten men under more pressure.
Even though we're barely five minutes into this half, it looks as though the pattern for the next 40 minutes has already been set. Japan are patiently probing on the edge of the Greece box, with the men in white hoping to get things moving on the counter. Matters weren't too different before the sending off in fairness, but the Greeks have no choice now - they'll have to sit back and soak up the pressure.
Greece get the second half kicked off, and Georgios Samaras goes for goal straight from the off. Eiji Kawashima is caught completely unawares, but fortunately for him Samaras' effort is wide of the post. I think that took everybody by surpise.
With these two sides occupying third and fourth place respectively in Group C, they knew coming into this match that a win was what was needed to aid their hopes of qualification to the last-16. So far so bad on that front though, as neither team has really sufficiently threatened the opponents' goal enough to justify any sort of lead at the interval. Japan have been the better team, and have kept the ball well without really putting Orestis Karnezis under too much pressure. Keisuke Honda saw his free-kick carelessly spilled by the Greek keeper, but he was alert enough to prevent any Japanese strikers from pouncing on his error to convert. Shortly after Yoshito Okubo got onto the end of a cross from the left, but he directed his header a country mile over the bar from a good position near the penalty spot. The big talking point of the first 45 minutes came when Katsouranis got himself sent off however, as the midfielder put in two clumsy challenges in the space of just a couple of minutes to give the referee no option but to send him for an early bath. Looking at the replays he could have gone for the first caution, it was that bad, so he can have no complaints. Greece coach Fernando Santos had to make a change after that, with Georgios Karagounis coming on for Fetfatzidis, while Kostas Mitroglou was hampered by an injury and had to be replaced by Theofanis Gekas early on. Just after the sending off Vasileios Torosidis came very close to giving the Greeks a shock lead, but his venomous shot from the edge of the area was brilliantly tipped round the post by Eiji Kawashima. No goals so far, but there is enough in this one to suggest that there will be - join us right here in a couple of moments for live text commentary of the second period.
The answer to my last question is an emphatic no. The half ends goalless, with Japan and Greece playing out a stalemate at the moment in Group C.
There will be two minutes of injury time at the end of this first half - time for a late goal before the interval?
Georgios Karagounis has stripped out of his tracksuit sooner than he would have imagined as he is on for Fetfatzidis. A tactical change from Fernando Santos after that sending off for Katsouranis - the Greeks will be very relieved to get into the break level here.
Strangely enough, Greece create their best chance, and indeed the most clear cut opportunity of the match, as Vasileios Torosidis makes the most of an attempted through ball being blocked back into his path when he lashes a shot towards the near corner. Eiji Kawashima is alert though, and throws himself to his left to palm the ball behind for a corner. Top keeping.
Katsouranis, whose job in this first half seemed to be to take down any Japan player that gained half a yard of space, gets his second booking of the night for a silly lunge on Makoto Hasebe in the centre of the field. Absolutely stupid from Katsouranis, and now Greece are really in trouble.
Greece are down to ten men! Katsouranis is off!
It's been a miserable year for Kostas Mitroglou, and it just keeps getting worse. The forward, who didn't quite look right in the first 35 minutes, goes off holding his back, with Theofanis Gekas sent on in his place. Someone give that man a hug.
This is a very good chance made to look difficult by Yoshito Okubo as he wastefully misdirects a header miles over the bar from the penalty spot after great work down the left-hand side by Yuto Nagatomo. How Japan could have done with a Tim Cahill-like player in the box there.
Fernando Santos' team are looking to play on the break, but so far Mitroglou and Samaras are not making the ball stick up top for their side, and as a result everything is all looking very comfortable for Japan as we tick over the 30-minute mark. No goals as yet, though.
Orestis Karnezis has obviously been taking tips from Russian stopper Igor Akinfeev, as he nearly makes a blunder to match the one Akinfeev made against South Korea the other evening. Honda's free-kick from 25 yards is decent, but Karnezis should catch it all day long. Instead he nervously parries it out, but just about manages to collect the ball before Shinji Okazaki can pounce.
Ioannis Maniatis gets the Greek fans excited as he tricks his way into the box, but the dogged Yuya Osako is across to stop him from getting a telling cross into the six-yard box. Osako then sprints out of the box and looks like leading a counter for the Japanese, but Konstantinos Katsouranis hacks him down from behind in the most cynical of fashions, earning himself a deserved caution from the ref.
As brilliant as this World Cup has been, what has been noticeably poor has been the standard of set pieces so far. Up to now this game has been no different, as Honda's delivery from a promising position eludes everyone in the box and goes out for a throw-in for Greece. Must do better.
Yuya Osako is inches away from putting his name in lights in his home country of Japan as he shows great persistence to dispossess Vasileios Torosidis before firing a curler towards the top corner from the angle of the box. Karnezis is beaten, but so is the post as the ball flies narrowly wide. That would have been a belter.
This is good football from Japan as they go from patient build-up play to threatening from the edge of the area in the space of seconds. A great ball between the lines from Honda finds Okubo, who after a quick one-two fires a low shot at goal that is saved to his right by Orestis Karnezis. The Japanese look the better outfit at present.
It's been a relatively even opening quarter of an hour, but Japan definitely look to be the team who want to get the ball down and play. They are dominating possession, while Greece are doing a lot of their attacking work on the counter. It's all interestingly poised at the moment, bubbling under nicely.
Makoto Hasebe is the first man in the book tonight, as he is penalised for a tug on Ioannis Maniatis in the middle of the park. That looked a little soft, and considering what Diego Godin got away with earlier for Uruguay, that was never a booking.
Panagiotis Kone, no relation to prolific scorer Arouna of course, decides to go for something a little bit special with a solo run from deep that sees him free to have a dig on the edge of the Japan area. He does just that, but his stinging drive is easily held by Eiji Kawashima. Not a bad start to this match all in all - we just need a goal.
When you think of Georgios Samaras, the term "work rate" isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but the striker shows great endeavour to chase back and harry Atsuto Uchida off the ball after clumsily losing possession on halfway. Greece are going to be needing him to do a lot more of that tonight.
Alberto Zaccheroni's men are looking to spring forward in numbers, and they do exactly that here through Keisuke Honda's driving surge through the middle. The playmaker tries to find Shinji Okazaki with his through ball, but it is too close to Sokratis Papastathopoulos (easy for you to say), who clears for the Greeks.
Greece's first sight of goal comes from some route one football, as Georgios Samaras chests down a long ball nicely before teeing up Konstantinos Mitroglou on the angle. The Fulham forward swings at the ball on the turn, but Maya Yoshida is there to block his effort and clear the danger.
Japan get out of the blocks quickly, with Yoshito Okubo sprinting down the right-hand side before pulling the ball back to the edge of the area. Hotaru Yamaguchi is on hand to meet it, but his low shot is blocked by Konstantinos Manolas.
We're ready for action here - Japan get us under way in this Group C clash.
So some changes have been made by both sides from their first group games, with Shinji Kagawa dropping to the bench for Japan, while Greece bring in Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou in an effort to get themselves three much-needed points. Only time will tell how important these rotattions may, or may not, be.
Japan: Kawashima, Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Okazaki, Honda, Okubo, Osako. Subs: Nishikawa, Gotoku Sakai, Morishige, Endo, Kiyotake, Kagawa, Kakitani, Aoyama, Inoha, Saito, Hiroki Sakai, Gonda. Greece: Karnezis, Torisidis, Papasthathopolous, Manolas, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Kone, Fetfatzidis, Mitroglou, Samaras. Subs: Glykos, Tzavelas, Moras, Tziolis, Karagounis, Vyntra, Salpingidis, Christodoulopolous, Gekas, Samaris, Tachtsidis, Kapino.
The fun and frivolities of the opening round of group games are now over, and things are starting to get more serious as the second set of group stage fixtures kick off. Tonight we shall be centering our focus on two sides who lost their opening match in Group C, as Japan and Greece go head to head in a clash that both teams will feel that they pretty much have to win. A loss could prove fatal for one of these two tonight, which is why it would be mad for you to miss this one – join us here at 23:00 for live text commentary of what could prove to be a winner takes all match.
The 2014 World Cup all started so well for Japan as a well-taken goal from playmaker Keisuke Honda gave them the lead against Ivory Coast, but in the space of just 99 seconds their fortunes had changed dramatically. Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored quick-fire goals for The Elephants to give them the three points, leaving Alberto Zaccheroni's men to bemoan their luck. Unfortunately for the Blue Samurai, conceding late, or at least second half, goals has been one of their trademark characteristics in the last year or so, and if they want to put Greece to the sword tonight, they will have to put a stop to that you would imagine.
A decade ago Greece shocked football fans worldwide as they won Euro 2004 with a 1-0 victory over Portugal in the final. As things stand, their quest to collect another unlikely major crown is looking extremely shaky, with many expecting a group stage exit for them. Fernando Santos' side got off to a terrible start as they succumbed to a convincing 3-0 loss to Colombia, where they rarely threatened to hurt the South American outfit. The vibe coming from the Greece camp hasn't been good either, with rumours of a rift between Girogos Tzavellas and Giannis Maniatis on the training ground. Santos' men will have to put the trials and tribulations of the last few days behind them if they are to avoid a Greek tragedy tonight.
El Salvadorian referee Joel Aguilar will be the man making all the key decisions tonight in Natal, with the 38-year-old officiating his second match at the 2014 World Cup. In his first game, Aguilar watched over events as Argentina defeated Bosnia and Hercegovina 2-1 in Group F in the first round of fixtures. Aguilar has taken charge of games in many other FIFA tournaments, including the FIFA Club World Cup and the Confederations Cup. His assistants tonight will be Sean Hurd of the USA and Canada's John Fletcher, while Iran's Alireza Faghani will be our fourth official.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni could elect to replace Yuya Osako with Yushito Okubo up top, as the latter impressed when coming off the bench against Ivory Coast at the weekend. Zaccheroni will also have to decide whether to field playmaker Yasuhito Endo in the starting eleven after he came off the bench on Saturday night. For Greece, left back Jose Holebas could be taken out of the starting line-up in favour of Georgios Tzavellas due to the former's poor performance against Colombia, while Kostas Mitroglou and Ioannis Fetfatzidis will be looking to start the match for Fernando Santos' men.
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Eiji Kawashima1
Atsuto Uchida2
Maya Yoshida22
Yasuyuki Konno15
Yuto Nagatomo5
Hotaru Yamaguchi16
12' 46' Makoto Hasebe17
Shinji Okazaki9
Keisuke Honda4
Yoshito Okubo13
57' Yuya Osako18
Shusaku Nishikawa12
Shuichi Gonda23
Masato Morishige6
Masahiko Inoha19
Hiroki Sakai21
Gotoku Sakai3
46' Yasuhito Endo7
Toshihiro Aoyama14
57' Shinji Kagawa10
Yoichiro Kakitani11
Manabu Saito20
Hiroshi Kiyotake8
1Orestis Karnezis
15Vasilis Torosidis 89'
4Konstantinos Manolas
19Sokratis Papastathopoulos
20José Holebas
2Ioannis Maniatis
21Kostas Katsouranis 27' 38'
8Panagiotis Koné 81'
18Giannis Fetfatzidis 41'
9Konstantinos Mitroglou 35'
7Georgios Samaras 55'
12Panagiotis Glykos
13Stefanos Kapino
5Vangelis Moras
11Loukas Vyntra
3Georgios Tzavelas
10Giorgos Karagounis 41'
6Alexandros Tziolis
16Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
23Panagiotis Tachtsidis
22Andreas Samaris
14Dimitrios Salpingidis 81'
17Theofanis Gekas 35'
Alberto Zaccheroni 
Fernando Santos 
1Eiji Kawashima
2Atsuto Uchida
22Maya Yoshida
15Yasuyuki Konno
5Yuto Nagatomo
16Hotaru Yamaguchi
17Makoto Hasebe
Yellow Card 12'
Substitution Yasuhito Endo (on) 46'
9Shinji Okazaki
4Keisuke Honda
13Yoshito Okubo
18Yuya Osako
Substitution Shinji Kagawa (on) 57'
12Shusaku Nishikawa
23Shuichi Gonda
6Masato Morishige
19Masahiko Inoha
21Hiroki Sakai
3Gotoku Sakai
7Yasuhito Endo
Substitution Yasuhito Endo (on) 46'
14Toshihiro Aoyama
10Shinji Kagawa
Substitution Shinji Kagawa (on) 57'
11Yoichiro Kakitani
20Manabu Saito
8Hiroshi Kiyotake
Alberto Zaccheroni 
1Orestis Karnezis
15Vasilis Torosidis
Yellow Card 89'
4Konstantinos Manolas
19Sokratis Papastathopoulos
20José Holebas
2Ioannis Maniatis
21Kostas Katsouranis
Yellow Card 27'
Red Card 38'
8Panagiotis Kone
Substitution Dimitrios Salpingidis (on) 81'
18Giannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution Georgios Karagounis (on) 41'
9Konstantinos Mitroglou
Substitution Theofanis Gekas (on) 35'
7Georgios Samaras
Yellow Card 55'
12Panagiotis Glykos
13Stefanos Kapino
5Vangelis Moras
11Loukas Vyntra
3Georgios Tzavellas
10Georgios Karagounis
Substitution Giannis Fetfatzidis (off) 41'
6Alexandros Tziolis
16Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
23Panagiotis Tachtsidis
22Andreas Samaris
14Dimitrios Salpingidis
Substitution Panagiotis Kone (off) 81'
17Theofanis Gekas
Substitution Konstantinos Mitroglou (off) 35'
Fernando Santos 
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Team Stats
JapanJPN GreeceGRE
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
16 Shots 9
11 Shots on Goal 5
4 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
31 Crosses 19
5 Corner Kicks 7
1 Offside 3
23 Fouls Committed 18
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
71% Ball Possession 29%
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Eiji Kawashima 90 - 0 0 0 4
2Atsuto Uchida 90 0 0 0 - -
4Keisuke Honda 90 0 0 0 - -
5Yuto Nagatomo 90 0 0 0 - -
9Shinji Okazaki 90 0 0 0 - -
13Yoshito Okubo 90 0 0 0 - -
15Yasuyuki Konno 90 0 0 0 - -
16Hotaru Yamaguchi 90 0 0 0 - -
17Makoto Hasebe 45 0 1 0 - -
18Yuya Osako 57 0 0 0 - -
22Maya Yoshida 90 0 0 0 - -
7Yasuhito Endo 45 0 0 0 - -
10Shinji Kagawa 33 0 0 0 - -

No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Orestis Karnezis 90 - 0 0 0 5
2Ioannis Maniatis 90 0 0 0 - -
4Konstantinos Manolas 90 0 0 0 - -
7Georgios Samaras 90 0 1 0 - -
8Panagiotis Koné 81 0 0 0 - -
9Konstantinos Mitroglou 35 0 0 0 - -
15Vasilis Torosidis 90 0 1 0 - -
18Giannis Fetfatzidis 41 0 0 0 - -
19Sokratis Papastathopoulos 90 0 0 0 - -
20José Holebas 90 0 0 0 - -
21Kostas Katsouranis 38 0 2 1 - -
10Giorgos Karagounis 49 0 0 0 - -
14Dimitrios Salpingidis 9 0 0 0 - -
17Theofanis Gekas 55 0 0 0 - -
JapanJPN vs. GreeceGRE
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Japan 0-0 Greece
90' Half Over  Japan 0-0 Greece
90' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
90' Throw-In  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece)
90' Foul  Papastathopoulos fouled by Maya Yoshida (Japan)
90' Cross  Yasuhito Endo (Japan) - Foul
90' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Defended by Keeper
90' Throw-In  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
90' Cross  Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) - Defended by Keeper
90' Foul  Salpingidis fouled by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan)
90' Throw-In  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
90' Foul  Karnezis fouled by Maya Yoshida (Japan)
90' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Foul
89' Shot on Goal  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
89' Free Kick  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
89' Yellow Card  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
88' Foul  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
88' Shot on Goal  José Holebas (Greece)
88' Foul  Samaras fouled by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan)
87' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
87' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
86' Cross  Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece) - Overhit
86' Free Kick  Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)
86' Foul  Samaras fouled by Maya Yoshida (Japan)
86' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
85' Shot  Maya Yoshida (Japan)
85' Cross  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Off Target
85' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Clearance In Play
85' Corner Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Crossed In
85' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Clearance Out of Play
84' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
84' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
83' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
83' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
83' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Clearance Out of Play
82' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
81' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
81' Shot  Georgios Samaras (Greece)
81' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Off Target
81' Substitution  Dimitrios Salpingidis (on). Koné (off). (Greece)
80' Cross  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Defended
79' Foul  Samaras fouled by Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
78' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
78' Corner Kick  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
77' Shot on Goal  Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
76' Foul  Koné fouled by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan)
76' Cross  Yasuhito Endo (Japan) - Foul
76' Free Kick  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
76' Foul  Y. Okubo fouled by José Holebas (Greece)
75' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
75' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
73' Throw-In  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
73' Throw-In  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
72' Cross  Georgios Samaras (Greece) - Clearance In Play
72' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
71' Shot  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
71' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Intercepted
71' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Completed Pass
71' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
70' Shot on Goal  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
70' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
69' Foul  S. Kagawa fouled by Giorgos Karagounis (Greece)
69' Offside  Theofanis Gekas (Greece)
69' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
68' Shot  Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
68' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Off Target
67' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
67' Shot on Goal  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
67' Free Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
65' Foul  K. Honda fouled by José Holebas (Greece)
65' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
64' Foul  Samaras fouled by Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
63' Foul  Papastathopoulos fouled by Shinji Okazaki (Japan)
63' Cross  Panagiotis Koné (Greece) - Defended by Keeper
62' Cross  José Holebas (Greece) - Headed Out - In Play
62' Free Kick  José Holebas (Greece)
62' Foul  Samaras fouled by Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
61' Foul  Manolas fouled by Shinji Okazaki (Japan)
61' Cross  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Foul
61' Corner Kick  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
61' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
60' Shot  Panagiotis Koné (Greece)
60' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Headed Out - In Play
60' Shot on Goal  Theofanis Gekas (Greece)
60' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - On Target
59' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Headed Out - Out of Play
59' Cross  Panagiotis Koné (Greece) - Defended
59' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Headed Out - In Play
58' Cross  José Holebas (Greece) - Defended
57' Foul  Karagounis fouled by Keisuke Honda (Japan)
57' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
57' Substitution  Shinji Kagawa (on). Y. Osako (off). (Japan)
56' Corner Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
56' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Defended
55' Shot on Goal  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
55' Free Kick  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
55' Yellow Card  Georgios Samaras (Greece)
54' Foul  Y. Okubo fouled by Georgios Samaras (Greece)
53' Foul  Maniatis fouled by Yuya Osako (Japan)
53' Shot on Goal  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
53' Cross  Atsuto Uchida (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
52' Throw-In  José Holebas (Greece)
52' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
51' Cross  Yasuhito Endo (Japan) - Overhit
51' Free Kick  Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
50' Foul  Y. Nagatomo fouled by Panagiotis Koné (Greece)
49' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
49' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
47' Foul  Y. Okubo fouled by José Holebas (Greece)
46' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
46' Shot  Georgios Samaras (Greece)
46' Start Half 
46' Substitution  Yasuhito Endo (on). M. Hasebe (off). (Japan)
45' Half Over  Japan 0-0 Greece
45' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
45' Offside  Theofanis Gekas (Greece)
45' Foul  Shinji Okazaki (Japan)
45' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
45' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
45' Shot  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
45' Cross  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) - Off Target
45' Free Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Greece)
44' Foul  Samaras fouled by Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
44' Foul  Shinji Okazaki (Japan)
43' Foul  H. Yamaguchi fouled by Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
43' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
41' Substitution  Giorgos Karagounis (on). Fetfatzidis (off). (Greece)
41' Offside  Theofanis Gekas (Greece)
40' Corner Kick  Panagiotis Koné (Greece) - Headed Out - In Play
40' Shot on Goal  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
40' Cross  Ioannis Maniatis (Greece)
39' Corner Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Headed Out - In Play
39' Shot on Goal  Yuya Osako (Japan)
38' Red Card  Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
38' Foul  M. Hasebe fouled by Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
38' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
37' Throw-In  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
37' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
37' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Clearance Out of Play
35' Foul  Holebas fouled by Keisuke Honda (Japan)
35' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
35' Substitution  Theofanis Gekas (on). Mitroglou (off). (Greece)
34' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
33' Shot  Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
33' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Off Target
33' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
32' Throw-In  Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Greece)
30' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
30' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
29' Cross  Maya Yoshida (Japan) - Overhit
29' Throw-In  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
29' Shot on Goal  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
29' Free Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
28' Foul  Y. Osako fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)
27' Yellow Card  Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
27' Foul  Y. Osako fouled by Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
27' Cross  Ioannis Maniatis (Greece) - Defended
26' Foul  Koné fouled by Yuya Osako (Japan)
25' Foul  Manolas fouled by Yuya Osako (Japan)
25' Cross  Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Greece)
25' Throw-In  Yasuyuki Konno (Japan)
25' Throw-In  José Holebas (Greece)
24' Cross  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Overhit
24' Free Kick  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
23' Foul  K. Honda fouled by Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Greece)
23' Cross  Maya Yoshida (Japan)
22' Cross  José Holebas (Greece) - Defended by Keeper
22' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
21' Shot  Yuya Osako (Japan)
20' Foul  K. Honda fouled by Georgios Samaras (Greece)
20' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
19' Shot on Goal  Yuya Osako (Japan)
18' Foul  K. Honda fouled by José Holebas (Greece)
18' Throw-In  Atsuto Uchida (Japan)
17' Offside  Yuya Osako (Japan)
17' Cross  Keisuke Honda (Japan) - Offside
17' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Defended
16' Cross  Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) - Defended
16' Shot on Goal  Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
15' Foul  Y. Okubo fouled by Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
14' Throw-In  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
14' Cross  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) - Defended
13' Foul  Y. Okubo fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)
13' Cross  Ioannis Maniatis (Greece) - Foul
13' Free Kick  Ioannis Maniatis (Greece)
12' Yellow Card  Makoto Hasebe (Japan)
12' Foul  Maniatis fouled by Makoto Hasebe (Japan)
11' Foul  Samaras fouled by Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
11' Shot on Goal  Panagiotis Koné (Greece)
8' Foul  A. Uchida fouled by Georgios Samaras (Greece)
8' Goal Kick  Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
6' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
6' Throw-In  Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
6' Corner Kick  José Holebas (Greece) - Headed Out - In Play
5' Cross  José Holebas (Greece) - Deflected - Out of Play
4' Shot on Goal  Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece)
4' Foul  Koné fouled by Makoto Hasebe (Japan)
3' Foul  K. Honda fouled by Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
3' Goal Kick  Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
2' Foul  Koné fouled by Hotaru Yamaguchi (Japan)
2' Shot on Goal  Hotaru Yamaguchi (Japan)
2' Cross  Yoshito Okubo (Japan)
1' Start Half 
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