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Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast - World Cup 2014 Match report

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A stunning late penalty from former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with the European side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.

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Samaras, who is currently a free agent, was the epitome of calm when taking his crucial, 92nd minute penalty, placing the ball firmly to the left of the despairing dive of Boubacar Barry to send his side into a last 16.

It was a cruel blow for the Ivory Coast, with Sabri Lamouchi’s side heading through with the draw thanks to a second half equaliser from Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

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The big hitman finished off a fluid move involving former Arsenal winger Gervinho, cancelling out Andreas Samaris’ first half strike.

The 25-year-old Olympiakos midfielder opened the scoring after a mistake from Newcastle anchorman Cheick Tioté, with the unfancied Europeans getting their noses in front in a match they had to win to stand any chance of progressing from Group C.

Fernando Santos’ side needed Colombia to beat Japan in the other match in the group, and in turn topple their African opponents; no small feat, with the likes of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba starting for the Elephants.

But they arguably deserved the win, working their socks off throughout the 90, with veteran captain Giorgos Karagounis striking the bar from range in the second half, and the impressive Jose Holebas rampaging down the left flank.

The Ivory Coast seemed to have done enough however, but with the clock ticking down to the end of stoppage time, Samaras was tripped in the box by substitute Giovanni Sio, with the 29-year-old finishing with aplomb to lift the roof of the Estádio Castelão, and send his side through at the Africans’ expense.

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Also see: 

Ivory Coast: World Cup 2014 Team Page
Greece: World Cup 2014 Team Page
World Cup 2014 Matches – Fixtures & Results
World Cup 2014 Player & Team Stats
World Cup 2014 Group Tables

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Comments (3)

  1. Talking about No Racsim with FIFA , no African team shall ever reach the finals or ever win the World Cup in the next million years, referees will never fail to find a way to make African teams lose, today’s penalty against Ivory Coast was no penalty at all. But Greece it’s self will lose in the last 16, luck doesn’t come everyday

  2. Let’s not blame fifa for our bad performance at world cup, its good to blame our players who more scores in europe than to his country,I wonder why caf choose african player of the year who always fails to help his country,so I think caf must start choose a player who is playing well in afcon & caf champions league

  3. Unfortunately it was a penalty..