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Greece 2 Nigeria 1 – All still to play for in Group B

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Kaita’s moment of idiocy triggers a Greeks comeback, leading to a comfortable victory.

Blame the keeper or the ball?

Fresh from denying Messi, Enyeama came up with more heroics before his blunder led to the winner. This incident is going to be analysed again and again by those seeking to make a case against the Jalubani ball. The key question: did it swerve late? Replies did not suggest much movement but every goalkeeper error will prolong this debate.

Not pretty but reasonably effective

Greece’s drab and toothless opening was similar to their performance against South Korea. After the sending-off they did begin to carry some threat. Very little intricate passing but plenty of crosses and shots from distance.

Nigeria need a midfield general (i.e. John Obi Mikel)

While Shittu and Yobo kept things reasonably solid at the back, Nigeria need a ball-winner in the centre of the park.

The moment to forget – Obasi’s miss

A Nigerian counter-attack finished with Obasi needing to convert a rebound from a few yards. Nigeria would not get another decent chance after this horrible miss.

What’s next?

While they should enjoy their first World Cup win, Argentina will ensure that Greece won’t make the second round. Nigeria, however, will fail to take advantage and a draw in their final game will send South Korea through.

 

 

Comments (2)

  1. I have never seen a more biased -against Greece- review for this match . Greece was fantastic , although playing with a man up .

  2. I’m sorry you feel it was biased. I do certainly think Greece deserved to win the game – they created more and were rarely troubled at the back in the second half.

    However, I am afraid I can’t agree that Greece were “fantastic”.

    They were poor until the sending-off. In addition, I don’t think I was being unfair to suggest that they played effectively but unattractively. This shouldn’t be a surprise – this was the style which won them Euro 2004.

    I would love to see a resilient Greece team give Argentina a real battle in the final game.