Greece 2 - 1 Ivory Coast

Match info: FIFA World Cup - Gp C at Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo

Date: 24/06/2014 KO: 21:00 Ref: C Vera Att: 59,095

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Andreas Samaris 42
Georgios Samaras 90+3 (pen)


Ivory Coast

Wilfried Bony 74

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • The game is barely able to get started again and the final whistle goes, with Greece making it through to the last 16 and Ivory Coast eliminated in the most dramatic style. A 2-1 victory has sealed the runners-up spot in Group C and they go on to face Costa Rica.

  • GOAL! Samaras steps up and coolly lifts his penalty beyond Barry. The keeper guesses the right way and dives to his left but the penalty is too good and Greece are almost certainly through.

  • PENALTY! Greece have a late chance to snatch victory as Samaras goes down under a challenge from Sio. The referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot and replays show there was some contact, even if it was minimal and led to Samaras actually then tripping himself up accidentally.

  • It is a nervy finale as Greece pile men forward and win a free-kick, but Ivory Coast break quickly and Yaya Toure is denied by Glykos as he shoots from close range.

  • Greece get behind the Ivory Coast defence and Salpingidis drills a threatening low ball across the six-yard area. None of his team-mates are able to keep up and it is more by luck than judgement that Aurier fails to connect with an attempted clearance at the back post, which may have turned the ball into his own net if he had got it wrong.

  • Kalou goes for goal from a tight angle but his shot takes a deflection off Torosidis to go behind for a corner.

  • Christodoulopoulos drives a shot just wide from distance as Greece desperately seek to restore their lead.

  • Colombia have stretched their lead over Japan to 3-1, meaning that a point will definitely be enough for Ivory Coast to progress.

  • Gervinho has put in a good shift today but he will not complete the 90 minutes as he is replaced by Sio.

  • Torosidis crosses from the right and almost scores an incredible, albeit maybe a little fortunate, goal, as the ball ricochets against the near post with Barry's positioning all over the place.

  • Ivory Coast respond with a substitution of their own, bringing on Diomande for talismanic striker Drogba.

  • Greece's final change of the night sees Gekas come on for Karagounis.

  • Greece had carved out the better chances to score when they were leading 1-0, but that was mostly because they looked good on the break and Ivory Coast can now sit back and protect what they have.

  • That goal has changed the picture completely in Group C, and it is now Ivory Coast rather than Greece who are heading into the last 16 if there are no more goals.

  • GOAL! Ivory Coast draw level thanks to a superb Bony goal. The Swansea striker shows his finishing prowess as he links up with Gervinho at the end of a flowing move and tucks a first-time shot low past Glykos from 12 yards and into the bottom corner.

  • Bamba shows good movement to lose his defender at a free-kick, but cannot quite direct his header on target as it is nodded wide.

  • Christodoulopoulos has had a real impact after being brought into the side today, and he isn't far away from getting on the scoresheet with a free-kick which goes just over the bar.

  • Holebas charges forward and admirably tries to stay on his feet as he is fouled by Die. He eventually stumbles to the floor and the Ivory Coast player is shown a yellow card.

  • Karagounis lets fly with an absolute thunderbolt from all of 35 yards, which fizzes past Barry before he really knows anything about it but just hits the top of the crossbar.

  • Kalou does well again to escape from two defenders and this time goes for goal from the corner of the area, but there is not enough curl on his shot and it flies wide.


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