Japan 0-0 Greece: Kagawa and co frustrated by gutsy Greeks

Japan 0-0 Greece: Kagawa and co frustrated by gutsy Greeks


Japan failed to break down 10-man Greece in the late kickoff in Group C, but the draw keeps both sides’ hopes of a knockout round berth alive.


Greece were forced to play with a man down for 50 minutes, with captain Konstantinos Katsouranis dismissed after picking up two yellow cards before the break in Natal.

But try as they might, the Japanese attack could not find the crucial winning goal, failing to turn their dominance into genuine goal-scoring opportunities in the Estádio das Dunas.

Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa appeared off the bench in the second half, having been dropped for failing to impress in last week’s defeat to the Ivory Coast, and the much maligned 25-year-old could not galvanise his side into overcoming the stubborn Greeks, who will be very pleased to have come away with a point.


With the draw, Colombia are guaranteed progression to the last 16, and with Ivory Coast beaten earlier today by the South Americans, both Greece and Japan now find themselves just two points behind the African side, with the final round of games pivotal to the trio’s World Cup ambitions.

Also see: 

Japan: 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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  1. The BBC anti-Greek commentator, failed to understand that the Greek players have something the English lack. Guts. So, Greece with ten men were able to withstand the Japanese attacks, and with a bit of luck might have even won the match. England with all its resources, choice of players to call on, will be taking the early plane home, and Greece will fight on, and may even surprise you, BBC man please note.

    • How did Greece have any guts? Sure they played 10-men, but they took no chances at all in a game they pretty much needed to win to through. Their offense is nonexistent and they had like 30% possession. They didn’t do shit but tackle and stand on their own half all game…. how is that gutsy?

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