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Shooting the Breeze: World Cup 2010 Day 7 - Group B - Greece vs Nigeria

2-1. In an eventful match, Greece took full advance of every bit of luck that came their way and came from behind to win and to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the second round against 10-man Nigeria.

After going behind to a shock Nigeria set piece in which 'keeper Alexander Tzorvas assumed that Peter Odemwingie would intercept Kalu Uche's 35 yard free kick and moved across to cover, he was horrified to see Odemwingie leave the ball to bounce across the line untouched after just 16 minutes.

It was a shocking goal to concede and the defensive and lacklustre Greeks looked finished from early on.

The dramatic 34 minute dismissal of Sani Kaita changed the game, however, with the Nigerian lashing out at Vassilis Torosidis in a dispute over the ball.

With a man advantage, Greece could afford to pile on what pressure they could and secured the equaliser crucially before half time with a lucky deflected goal fired in by Dimitris Salpingidis which flew off Haruna and caught out Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.

Both teams could have scored in the space of a minute to change the face of the game at the hour mark but while Gekas was denied by Enyeama at the Nigeria end, the counter attack was swift and Yakubu made Tzorvas palm his shot away but only into the path of Chinedu Obasi who could only hammer the loose ball wide.

With their extra man advantage starting to tell later into the game, Samaras made Enyeama execute another save before a later poor clearance allowed Greece to take the lead.

Alexandros Tziolis' shot was spilled by the otherwise excellent Enyeama into the waiting clutches of Vassilis Torosidis who reacted first and put Greece into an unprecedented lead for the first time.

Nigeria had already been disrupted by injuries to Taiwo and his replacement Echiejile also had to come off but the tiring Nigerians, down to 10 men for almost two thirds of the match, couldn't find an equaliser.


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