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Heartbreak for Super Eagles as Greece fight back

Posted: 17 June 2010 Time: 17:53

Dimitrios Salpingidis and Vasilios Torosidis scored as Greece secured a come-from-behind victory over Nigeria in Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon.

The Super Eagles had taken an early lead through Kala Uche’s free-kick, but a silly red card for Sani Keita gave the Greeks the opportunity to get back into the game.

With both sides desperately needing to take something from this game, neither side was willing to offer an inch as the match got off to a conservative start.

The Greeks stuck to their traditional defensive tactics, restricting Nigeria’s ventures forward, but at the same time limiting their own offensive opportunities to speculative shots like the one Kostas Katsouranis offered up from half-field.

Feeling the pressure from the Greek defense, Nigeria’s forward approach was continuously halted as the Super Eagles struggled to string more than a handful of passes in midfield.

The Africans’ fortunes changed drastically for the better just past the quarter-hour mark as a free-kick for Uche was misjudged by Greece ‘keeper Alexandros Tzorvas. The Panathinaikos shot-stopper anticipated a touch by Peter Odemwingie, but the Lokomotiv Moscow man let Uche’s ball run through the maze of bodies and it ended up in the back of the net.

Greece were now pressured to attack, but it seemed the Nigerians were looking content to sit back and defend their early lead. The likes of Giorgos Karagounis and Kostas Katsouranis couldn’t find a way past the Nigerian defense, but all that changed when Kaita was shown a red card for an unnecessary kick on Vasilis Torosidis.

The dismissal prompted Greece coach Otto Rehhagel to introduce a third forward in Giorgos Samaras.

While Vincent Enyeama continued to show his marvel by denying Gekas a clear opportunity from just a few yards off the goal-line, it seemed now after 16 years that it was just a matter of time before the Greeks scored their first World Cup goal.

Sure enough the goal came a minute before half-time as Dimitris Salpingidis found the back of the net off an unfortunate deflection off a Nigerian defender.

Enyeams continued to pull off some remarkable saves after the break, but then let a seemingly straight-forward long-range effort slip from his grasp, allowing Torosidis to tap in from close range.

Nigeria had an opportunity to level late on, but Chenedu Obasi missed an open goal after the Greek keeper could only parry Yakubu’s shot following a quick counter.

Previous comments on this story...

Kideo007
posted: 05:57 pm
Sorry my African brothers, next time. Its a game, you win or you lose. Dont take it personally. We are one!!!
Kideo007
posted: 05:58 pm
Sorry my African brothers, next time. Its a game, you win or you lose. Dont take it personally. We are one!!!
Kideo007
posted: 05:58 pm
A red card yesterday, a red card today...damn it, cant believe it!!!
Kideo007
posted: 05:59 pm
Sorry my African brothers, next time. Its a game, you win or you lose. Dont take it personally. We are one!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:02 pm
Eish...
Anonymous
posted: 06:06 pm
Now this is how we do this thang. Minus my wonder boy Super Enyeama,F*** super Eagles,F*** lagerback,F*** NFF,f*** Kaita, F*** Yobo,F*** super eagles as a muthaF***** team and crew, and if you want to get down with then then F*** you too!
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
u can not know the value of what you have until you loose it ,we african coach better than largerbear,africa wake up .this largebear coached sweden for many years without any result live our local coach for just 5 years with super chicken they will become future ,
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
u can not know the value of what you have until you loose it ,we african coach better than largerbear,africa wake up .this largebear coached sweden for many years without any result live our local coach for just 5 years with super chicken they will become vulture ,
John (Geneva)
posted: 06:07 pm
I did not see the game but followed the score line. Its not easy to play 10 against 11. This is the world cup. However, all hope is not lost yet. I still believe that we can still qualify. All we need to do is to beat South Korea silly and pray that Argentina doesn’t loose to Greece.

UP Super Eagles
Sokka4Lyf
posted: 06:08 pm
Who is saying what now? There was a lot of noise after Bafana were humiliated last night, do I still hear ... we are the best. Truth is Nigerias are not as good as they think they are, there are only two strong teams in the continent, and that is Ghana and Ivory Coast period.
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
he he he. Very good the bloody kwerekweres lost! They were laughing at us yesterday! 2 games 0 points. Wagagagagagagagagagagaga.
Anonymous
posted: 06:11 pm
these naijas always talk tooo much but hav nothng 2 show.shapa greece shapa.atleast bafana has a point.I dnt c naija beating korea.
Kideo007
posted: 06:13 pm
A red card yesterday, a red card today...damn it, cant believe it!!!

Kideo007
posted: 06:14 pm
A red card yesterday, a red card today...damn it, cant believe it!!!

Sokka4Lyf
posted: 06:18 pm
Who is saying what now? There was a lot of noise after Bafana were humiliated last night, do I still hear ... we are the best. Truth is Nigerians are not as good as they think they are, there are only two strong teams in the continent, and that is Ghana and Ivory Coast period.
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
Eish African teams, they flop at crucial times. My world cup is almost over now. Hopefully Ghana and Ivory Coast do Africa better from now on.
Anonymous
posted: 06:19 pm
I must admit that this adds insult to the injury. As a South African, this makes last night's defeat even more of a bitter pill to swallow.
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
sori naija boys argentina will beat greece u guys wil beat korea and qualify to the next round
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
I heard sum nigerian dude,mocking S.A and the vuvuzelas yday.nw luk,the tables have turned.they didnt even manage to get a point in the last two encounters. God hates Africa,it sure feels that way
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
John (Geneva): 2010-06-17 18:07 I suppose your destiny is still in your hands.
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