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Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1: Samaras sends Greeks through to last 16

Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1: Samaras sends Greeks through to last 16

Georgios Samaras’ last-gasp penalty saw Greece beat Ivory Coast 2-1 and reach the FIFA World Cup’s last 16 for the first time.

Needing a win to qualify in Fortaleza on Tuesday, Greece left it late, with Samaras’ 93rd-minute spot-kick sealing their progression from Group C in dramatic circumstances.

The penalty was given after the forward was tripped by Giovanni Sio and the Celtic man dusted himself down before scoring to Boubacar Barry’s left.

A draw would have been enough for Ivory Coast to progress and that looked likely when Wilfried Bony came off the bench to level proceedings with 16 minutes left.


Greece had initially taken the lead through Andreas Samaris – an early replacement for the injured Panagiotis Kone – in the 42nd minute.

They had also hit the bar earlier, through Jose Holebas, and the woodwork was to deny them again in the second half as Giorgos Karagounis saw his 35-yard strike bounce away to safety.

But Greece claimed a deserved win as Samaras kept his nerve, setting up a clash with Costa Rica in the round of 16.

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  • konte 8 years ago

    The truth of the matter is just that ivory coast are bunch of inexperience team. They had the game in their pocket but forgot to weaste time at the late stage. In football once the game is in ur pocket and ur team is close to the final stage (85mins), all u need to do is to kill the time, kill the rythm of flow .