Greece maintain strong start

Published: Saturday 6 June 2009, 1.45CET
Lithuania 0-1 Greece
The visitors made it two wins from as many games in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Marijampole.
by Kestutis Gimbutas
from Marijampole
Greece maintain strong start
Greece made it two wins in a row in Group 9 ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 6 June 2009, 1.45CET

Greece maintain strong start

Lithuania 0-1 Greece
The visitors made it two wins from as many games in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Marijampole.

Greece won their second 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier 1-0 against Lithuania in Marijampole to sit top of Group 9 with a maximum six points.

Late winner
Socratis Papastathopoulos's solitary strike was enough for the visitors who had beaten FYR Macedonia in their first fixture. In a tight opening period, Vassilis Koutsianikoulis had the best two chances for Greece while, at the other end, Georgios Siakkas nearly put through his own net following a 15th-minute corner. In a more open second half, Lithuania's Jevgenij Moroz fired over the bar from ten metres out in the 75th minute and the hosts paid for that miss less than sixty seconds later. Lithuania goalkeeper Vytautas Černiauskas parried a cross into the path of Papastathopoulos who slotted in from point-blank range. Lithuania coach Valdas Ivanauskas was content with his side's performance in their opening qualifier but rued their missed chances. "Unfortunately, the unwritten law of football was confirmed: If you do not score, the other team does," he said. "It cost us."

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Team profiles

Lineup

Lithuania

Lithuania

Greece

Greece

1Vytautas Černiauskas (GK)1Kyriakos Stratilatis (GK)
2Linas Klimavičius2Tasos Papazoglou
Substitution46'
3Mantas Fridrikas3Dimitrios Siovas
4Karolis Urbaitis4Sokratis Papastathopoulos (C)
Yellow Card72'
Goal76'
7Marius Papšys (C)5Michalis Boukouvalas
8Egidijus Vaitkūnas6Giorgos Siakas
10Jevgenij Moroz7Vassilis Koutsianikoulis
Substitution80'
11Lukas Zekas
Substitution46'
8Vassilis Pliatsikas
13Donatas Remeza
Substitution81'
9Kostas Mitroglou
14Tadas Eliošius
Substitution90'
10Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Substitution46'
18Arvydas Novikovas11Giorgos Ioannidis
Yellow Card36'

Substitutes

12Povilas Valinčius (GK)12Apostolos Androutsos (GK)
5Denis Gordej13Pantelis Rizogiannis
6Arminas Vaskela
Substitution90'
14Giorgos Katsikogiannis
9Deivydas Matulevičius
Substitution81'
15Elini Dimoutsos
Substitution46'
15Andrius Lipskis16Giannis Papadopoulos
Substitution80'
16Edvinas Brackus17Dimitrios Giantsis
Substitution46'
17Eivinas Zagurskas
Substitution46'
18Stefanos Athanasiadis

Coach

Valdas-Augustinas Ivanauskas (LTU) Nikos Nioplias (GRE)

Referee

Magnus Thorisson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Áskell Thór Gíslason (ISL), Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Eyjolfur Magnus Kristinsson (ISL)

Legend:

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

See also