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World Cup: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

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World Cup 2014: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast highlights

Greece qualified for the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time with a dramatic victory against Ivory Coast.

Georgios Samaras converted a controversial injury-time penalty to seal the win after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Giovanni Sio.

Greece had taken a first-half lead when substitute Andreas Samaris scored after Cheick Tiote's defensive mistake.

Ivory Coast had looked like advancing as Wilfried Bony equalised from Gervinho's pass, before the late twist.

Soon after their elimination from the tournament was confirmed, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi resigned.

Greece will face Costa Rica in the second round in Recife on Sunday, while the Ivorians have now gone out in the group phase in each of the last three World Cups.

They began the day second in the table and, with Colombia beating Japan 4-1 in the other Group C match, needed only a point to become the first African side to qualify for the second phase in this year's competition.

However, Greece, who offered little as an attacking threat in the second half, were given an opportunity to grab the winner when referee Christian Lescano pointed to the spot, despite Ivorian protests.

They were unhappy that Samaras, who kicked the turf, had fallen to the ground, but the official gave the decision and Samaras kept his composure to shoot past Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry for his first international goal since Euro 2012.

Greece started the day bottom of their group, and their hopes of qualifying suffered a further setback when they had to make two substitutions inside the first 24 minutes, including goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis with a back injury.

Greece's Georgios Samaras converts a dramatic injury-time penalty to take his side into the last 16

However, they created the best first-half opportunities with Samaras leading a quick attack and releasing Jose Holebas, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area rebounded off the crossbar.

Fernando Santos's Greece team went ahead with their first goal of the tournament and only their third in three World Cups.

Newcastle midfielder Tiote carelessly lost the ball to Samaris, who played a one-two with Samaras before lifting the ball over Ivory Coast goalkeeper Barry.

Despite the African side seeing more of the possession after the break, Karagounis almost made it 2-0 with a long-range effort that hit the crossbar.

But Ivory Coast, who had seen Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony shoot wastefully wide earlier in the second half, deservedly equalised with a quick counter-attack as ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho set up Bony.

The Swansea striker, who scored in their 2-1 win against Japan on Sunday, calmly finished past substitute goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos.

That goal sparked wild Ivory Coast celebrations, but their joy turned to despair with Samaras's 93rd-minute penalty.

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi: "My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue. It is logical as we did not do well at last year's Africa Cup of Nations or at the World Cup finals.

"The Ivory Coast is a great football nation. And this was a cruel game. After so much hard work and so much sacrifice, all of us and everyone in the Ivory Coast is very sad."

Greece coach Fernando Santos: "We found balance tonight. We are not the worst team when we lose or the best when we win.

"To everyone in Greece I say, 'Go out into the street and celebrate.'"

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis: "We came here to advance from the group stage. We've never done it before, and we did in a great way.

"The goal should have come earlier. So God helped us in the end and we all thank him. We prevailed against the odds. We had passion and we had fight."

Andreas Samaris put Greece ahead with their first goal of the tournament just before half-time
Greece had gone out in the group phase of both the 1994 and 2010 World Cup tournaments
Wilfried Bony and Gervinho celebrate Ivory Coast's equaliser, but Greece scored a controversial winner
Ivory Coast had begun the day in the second qualifying position in Group C
Greece celebrate their victory, while Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure watches on

Line-ups

Greece

  • 1KarnezisSubstituted forGlykosat 24'minutes
  • 15Torosidis
  • 20Holebas
  • 10KaragounisSubstituted forGekasat 78'minutes
  • 4Manolas
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 14Salpingidis
  • 2Maniatis
  • 7Samaras
  • 8KoneSubstituted forSamarisat 12'minutes
  • 16Christodoulopoulos

Substitutes

  • 3Tzavellas
  • 5Moras
  • 6Tziolis
  • 9Mitroglou
  • 11Vyntra
  • 12Glykos
  • 13Kapino
  • 17Gekas
  • 18Fetfatzidis
  • 22Samaris
  • 23Tachtsidis

Ivory Coast

  • 1Barry
  • 17Aurier
  • 3Boka
  • 20Gonzaroua DieBooked at 70mins
  • 4K Touré
  • 22Bamba
  • 8KalouBooked at 62mins
  • 9TiotéSubstituted forBonyat 61'minutes
  • 11DrogbaBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDiomandeat 78'minutes
  • 19Y Touré
  • 10GervinhoSubstituted forSioat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Diarrassouba
  • 6Bolly
  • 7Akpa-Akpro
  • 12Bony
  • 13Ya Konan
  • 14Diomande
  • 15Gradel
  • 16Gbohouo
  • 18Djakpa
  • 21Sio
  • 23Mandé
Referee:
Carlos Vera
Attendance:
59,095

Match Stats

Home TeamGreeceAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.
Attempt missed. Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

Goal!

Goal! Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1. Georgios Samaras (Greece) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Greece. Georgios Samaras draws a foul in the penalty area.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).
Giannis Maniatis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.
Hand ball by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).
Foul by Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire).
Andreas Samaris (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Côte d'Ivoire. Serey Die tries a through ball, but Giovanni Sio is caught offside.
Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vasilis Torosidis (Greece).
Foul by Souleymane Bamba (Côte d'Ivoire).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomon Kalou with a headed pass.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Vasilis Torosidis.
Attempt blocked. Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
Attempt missed. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Giovanni Sio replaces Gervinho.
Foul by Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).
Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Ismael Diomande replaces Didier Drogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Theofanis Gekas replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).
Kostas Manolas (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Salomon Kalou.

Goal!

Goal! Greece 1, Côte d'Ivoire 1. Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gervinho.
Attempt missed. Souleymane Bamba (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by José Holebas.
Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Giannis Maniatis (Greece).
Attempt missed. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire).
José Holebas (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).
Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.
Attempt missed. Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Arthur Boka.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
Attempt missed. Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).
Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Wilfried Bony replaces Cheick Tioté.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Giannis Maniatis.
Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by José Holebas (Greece).
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Boubacar Barry.
Attempt saved. Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Georgios Samaras.
Foul by Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia330079
2Greece3111-24
3Ivory Coast3102-13
4Japan3012-41

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica321037
2Uruguay320106
3Italy3102-13
4England3012-21

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France220066
2Ecuador210103
3Switzerland2101-23
4Honduras2002-40

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina220026
2Nigeria211014
3Iran2011-11
4Bos-Herze2002-20

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany211044
2USA211014
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal2011-41

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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