Greece leave England trailing in their wake

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2010, 21.00CET
England 1-2 Greece
Georgios Georgiadis' visitors are in total command of qualifying Group 9 after seeing off their nearest challengers for top spot in the section.
by Nick Aitken
from The Keepmoat Stadium
Greece leave England trailing in their wake
Giannis Papadopoulos (right) celebrates after scoring against England ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EnglandGreece

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts9
 
14
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
10

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Published: Wednesday 3 March 2010, 21.00CET

Greece leave England trailing in their wake

England 1-2 Greece
Georgios Georgiadis' visitors are in total command of qualifying Group 9 after seeing off their nearest challengers for top spot in the section.

Greece are five points clear of England at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9 after a 2-1 win against Stuart Pearce's side at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

Vassilis Koutsianikoulis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos both tried their luck in a dominant start by the visitors, who took a deserved 28th-minute lead when the latter thumped past Scott Loach after Jack Wilshere's weak clearing header. The goal spurred England into action, with Lee Cattermole twice testing goalkeeper Asterios Giakoumis. Greece responded, however, and duly grabbed a second four minutes after half-time through Giannis Papadopoulos, who poked home following a misunderstanding between central defenders Micah Richards and Christopher Smalling.

Pearce threw caution to the wind by introducing strikers Daniel Sturridge and Nathan Delfouneso, and his gamble paid off when the latter reduced the deficit on 80 minutes after Giakoumis failed to hold Jack Rodwell's effort. Greece, though, resolutely preserved their lead to advance their claims for next summer's finals in Denmark.

Last updated: 03/03/10 22.52CET

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Lineup

England

England

Greece

Greece

1Scott Loach (GK)1Asterios Giakoumis (GK)
2Kyle Walker2Anestis Argiriou
Yellow Card17'
3Ryan Bertrand3Ioannis Skondras
4Fabrice Muamba
Substitution54'
4Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Goal28'
5Micah Richards (C)5Sokratis Papastathopoulos (C)
6Chris Smalling
Substitution74'
6Dimitrios Siovas
7Jack Wilshere7Vassilis Koutsianikoulis
Substitution62'
8Lee Cattermole8Giannis Papadopoulos
Goal49'
9Andy Carroll9Kostas Mitroglou
Substitution72'
10Jack Rodwell10Elini Dimoutsos
11Thomas Cleverley
Substitution87'
11Dimitrios Giantsis
Substitution78'

Substitutes

13Frank Fielding (GK)12Kyriakos Stratilatis (GK)
12James Tomkins13Anastasios Papazoglou
14Michael Mancienne14Giorgos Katsikogiannis
Substitution62'
Yellow Card84'
15Fabian Delph15Vasilis Apostolopoulos
16Dan Gosling
Substitution87'
16Savas Gentzoglou
Substitution78'
17Daniel Sturridge
Substitution54'
17Aristeidis Soiledis
18Nathan Delfouneso
Substitution74'
Goal80'
18Athanassios Papazoglou
Substitution72'

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Georgios Georgiadis (GRE)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Željko Grgec (CRO), Igor Krmar (CRO)

Fourth official

Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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