Ninis keeps England in check

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.50CET
Greece 1-1 England
A Sotiris Ninis strike earned the hosts a point as they came from behind to draw with the 2009 finalists to stay top of Group 7.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
Ninis keeps England in check
England's Jack Wilshere (left) tussles with Michalis Mpoukouvalas ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceEngland

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts11
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
9

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Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.50CET

Ninis keeps England in check

Greece 1-1 England
A Sotiris Ninis strike earned the hosts a point as they came from behind to draw with the 2009 finalists to stay top of Group 7.

England were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their second Group 9 qualifier for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship against a Greece side who maintained their unbeaten start.

Sturridge strike
England, beaten finalists at this summer's finals tournament, appeared to be on their way to a second straight victory when Daniel Sturridge gave them an early lead, but the home side, victors in their opening two games of the section, levelled before the break through Sotiris Ninis and had chances to win after the interval. Stuart Pearce's side flew out of the blocks and Sturridge rattled the post from a free-kick even before the Chelsea FC talent gave England a fifth-minute lead. Daniel Rose was the architect of the goal, beating two men on the left before crossing low for Sturridge to score from close range.

Greece top
Kostas Mitroglou kick-started Greece with two decent efforts before they levelled after 41 minutes when Ninis's shot from distance deflected off James Tomkins and wrong-footed England goalkeeper Scott Loach. Greece had the best chances of the second half, first when Mitroglou burst through one on one only to fire at Loach's legs, then when Ninis rounded the goalkeeper but shot wide. Nevertheless, the draw keeps Greece at the head of the group with seven points from three matches with England on four from their two games.

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Last updated: 09/09/09 0.06CET

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Lineup

Greece

Greece

England

England

1Kostas Lamprou (GK)1Scott Loach (GK)
2Leonidas Argyropoulos2Kyle Naughton
3Michalis Boukouvalas3Kieran Gibbs
4Kyriakos Papadopoulos4Fabrice Muamba (C)
5Dimitrios Siovas5James Tomkins
6Vassilis Pliatsikas (C)
Yellow Card61'
6Michael Mancienne
7Sotiris Ninis
Goal41'
7Jack Wilshere
8Elini Dimoutsos
Substitution77'
8Jack Rodwell
Substitution56'
9Kostas Mitroglou
Substitution90+1'
9Daniel Sturridge
Goal5'
Substitution28'
10Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Substitution56'
10Danny Rose
Yellow Card89'
11Vassilis Koutsianikoulis11Thomas Cleverley

Substitutes

12Kyriakos Stratilatis (GK)13Frank Fielding (GK)
13Michalis Pavlis
Substitution90+1'
12Chris Smalling
14Pantelis Rizogiannis
Substitution56'
14Jack Cork
15Giorgos Siakas
Substitution77'
Yellow Card89'
15Miles Addison
Substitution56'
16Anestis Argyriou16Junior Stanislas
17Sakis Papazoglou17Freddie Sears
Substitution75'
18Dimitrios Giantsis18Daniel Welbeck
Substitution28'
Substitution75'

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Massimiliano Grilli (ITA), Massimiliano Rosi (ITA)

Fourth official

Maurizio Ciampi (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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