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Match Report Japan vs Greece

Posted: 19 June 2014 Time: 23:50

Welcome to tonight's coverage of the Group C encounter between Japan and Greece.

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94' It's all over. Japan unable to crack Greece's defence as the game ends in a draw.

90' Four minutes of stoppage time

89' Japan’s last decent chance of the evening comes in the 89th minute, after they are awarded a free kick within striking distance. Substitute Yasuhito Endo put in a fine curling effort, but Oretis Karnezis pulls off an excellent save!

88' CHANCE! Endo's shot from a free kick in front of goal is pushed away by the keepr after Torrisidos is yellow carded for hand ball

84' Japan deliver cross after cross, but they're unable to find any teamates inside the box as the game draws closer to a nil nil draw.

80' Greece make their last substitution as Salpingidis comes on for a tired looking Kone.

77' CHANCE! Okubo blasts the ball from outside the box, but Karnezis is up to it. Japan continue to press forward and dominate possesion.

75' Okubo brought down Japan cross the ball into the box from the resultant free kick, but the ball doesn't find a player.

72' Japan launching attack after attack, but unable to put the ball past the Greek keeper.

67' CHANCE Yoshida unable to capatalise on an excellent cross as his shot flies wide!

60' Despite being one man down Greece have had their most attacking spell of the 2nd half thanks to a series of corners, but to no avail.

54' Samaras picks up a needless yellow for Greece after he sticks out his leg and catches the man.

50' Free kick taken by Endo is beautifully floated into the Greek box, but Endo's teammates are unable to get a head to it.
45' 2nd Half underway. Japan bring on Endo for Hasebe


HALF TIME

 

44' Greece have their best shot of the game when Telecedes forces the Japanese keeper into a good low save. They now take off Fetfadzidis and bring on Karagounis as they look to reshape.

41CHANCE! Greece have their best shot of the game when Telecedes forces a ssave from Japan's keeper

38' RED CARD! Greek captain Katsouranis recieves a second yellow after a silly challenge.

34’ Greece have to make a substitution as an injured Mitroglou comes off and is replaced by Gekas.

33’ CHANCE! Okubu has a free header inside the box but can’t hit the target as Japan look dangerous.

28' Honda has a dangerous free kick blocked by the Greek keeper.

25' Katsouranas picks up a yellow for Greece after a silly challenge.

23’ Free kick Japan. Taken by is floated over the awaiting Japanese players inside the box.

21' Greece counter attack with Cholevas making an impressive run from the wing. A weak shot means that nothing comes of it.

20' CHANCE! Osako takes a curling shot from the edge of the box which narrowly misses, as Japan look the more dangerous of the two teams in the last ten minutes.

18’ Cagey opening as both teams look for the opening ball. Osako takes a decent sho from just outside, but easily caught by Karnezis

14' Japan now stringing passes together. Yet to find a decisive ball into the box.

12’ Free kick Greece – But pushing insde the box by Greece means danger is averted and Japan receive a free kick.

8' Neither team taking charge of the game yet although both have enjoyed spells of possesion.

1' Game underway. Japan in blue, Greece wearing white. Early chance falls to Yamaguchi whose shot from outside the box is deflected.


The teams for tonight's match have been announced:

JapanXI: Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Okazaki, Okubo, Konno, Yamaguchi, Hasebe (c), Osako, Yoshida

GreeceXI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Fetfazidis, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis (c)


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