Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 20.45CET
Greece 2-1 Portugal
Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late goal earned Group 9 leaders Greece their third win in four matches and dealt the visitors a first defeat.
by John Leonidou
from Asteras Tripolis
Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece
Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored Greece's winner ©sportsfile

Match statistics

GreecePortugal

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts11
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
8
Fouls committed17
 
18

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Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 20.45CET

Papadopoulos's late strike lifts Greece

Greece 2-1 Portugal
Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late goal earned Group 9 leaders Greece their third win in four matches and dealt the visitors a first defeat.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos's late header earned Greece their third win in four qualifiers for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and dealt Portugal their first defeat as Nikolaos Nioplias's side kept hold of top spot in Group 9.

Early breakthrough
Greece took the lead with virtually their first chance of the game when PAOK FC forward Vassilis Koutsianikoulis raced past Miguel Vítor then shot beyond Ventura in the third minute. Portugal controlled possession but Greece looked more dangerous and they missed two good opportunities to double their lead that half, Elini Dimoutsos hitting the post before Giannis Papadopoulos lobbed wide when clean through.

Late winner
Portgual were the brighter side in the second half and almost drew level on 72 minutes when Ukra's curling free-kick was punched away by Nikos Mpampaniotis. The equaliser, though, was not long in coming and when the Greek defence failed to deal with Rabiola's 83rd-minute corner, Miguel Vítor pounced to restore parity. Greece had held 2009 finalists England to a 1-1 draw in their previous match last month, but they went one better this time thanks to Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who rose high to head in Aristeidis Soiledis's free-kick in the final minute to leave the home side undefeated after four matches.

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Last updated: 10/10/09 16.39CET

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Lineup

Greece

Greece

Portugal

Portugal

1Nikos Babaniotis (GK)
Yellow Card57'
1Ventura (GK)
2Anestis Argyriou
Yellow Card42'
2Ruben Lima
Substitution67'
3Michalis Boukouvalas4Daniel Carriço (C)
4Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Goal90'
5Miguel Vítor
Goal83'
5Dimitrios Siovas6Adrien Silva
6Giannis Papadopoulos
Substitution82'
7Candeias
Yellow Card43'
Substitution61'
7Vassilis Koutsianikoulis
Goal4'
8André Castro
8Pantelis Rizogiannis
Yellow Card90+2'
9Rabiola
Yellow Card39'
9Kostas Mitroglou (C)11Bruno Pereirinha
10Elini Dimoutsos
Yellow Card40'
Substitution56'
13André Santos
Substitution46'
11Giorgos Ioannidis
Substitution65'
17Ukra

Substitutes

12Fotis Koutzavasilis (GK)12Diego (GK)
13Leonidas Argyropoulos10Rui Pedro
Substitution46'
14Michalis Pavlis14Yazalde
Substitution67'
15Sakis Papazoglou15Fábio Faria
16Giorgos Siakas
Substitution82'
16Rafa
17Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Substitution56'
18Tengarrinha
18Aris Soiledis
Substitution65'
20João Aurélio
Substitution61'
Yellow Card90'

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Oceano da Cruz (POR)

Referee

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Viktor Kulagin (RUS)

Fourth official

Almir Kayumov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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