Updated: 17/06/2012 07:34 | By pa.press.net

Greece make quarters with Russia win

Giorgos Karagounis' goal put Greece into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals

Giorgos Karagounis' goal put Greece into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals

Giorgos Karagounis and Greece rekindled the spirit of 2004 as they sealed an improbable European Championship quarter-final spot and dumped Russia out of the tournament by beating them 1-0.

The shock champions of eight years ago turned Group A upside down in a remarkable final round of fixtures in Poland. Karagounis' winner - on the night he equalled a national record by earning his 120th cap - came completely against the run of play on the stroke of half-time at Warsaw's National Stadium.

But no-one could argue Greece did not deserve victory at the final whistle, with 2004 hero Karagounis denied a blatant penalty and picking up a booking that ruled him out of the next match. Russia, who beat Czech Republic 4-1, barely tested goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis and were made to pay as the Czechs beat Poland in Wroclaw to steal top spot.

Vassilis Torossidis also had a shot blocked before Russia's technical superiority began to show, Andrey Arshavin poking Alan Dzagoev's 10th-minute cross straight at Sifakis and Aleksandr Kerzhakov inches wide with a superb 20-yard half-volley.

Yuri Zhirkov sent a stunning long-ranger inches over the top as the half looked to end goalless until Karagounis pounced on the former Chelsea winger's loose header before drilling the ball under Vyacheslav Malafeev.

Russia boss Dick Advocaat took immediate action by hauling off Kerzhakov for Roman Pavlyuchenko after the interval before seeing Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov both fail from long range.

Greece would have doubled their lead shortly before the hour mark had Aleksandr Anyukov not succeeded with a desperate clearance to prevent Theofanis Gekas turning in Torossidis' cross.

Manager Fernando Santos quickly withdrew Karagounis after his booking in favour of Grigoris Makos after sending on Jose Holebas for Gekas.

Russia were losing their discipline and Giorgos Tzavellas was the victim of a crude challenge by Dzagoev, who was booked. Advocaat threw on Pavel Pogrebnyak for Denis Glushakov as news the Czechs had taken the lead in their game - leaving his side needing to score - filtered through.

It was all Russia in the dying seconds but all they could manage was a Pogrebnyak booking for deliberate handball.

16/06/2012 23:30
if any country needs its spirits lifting at the moment its greece! well done..
16/06/2012 23:08
16/06/2012 23:36
lets hope its gives some cheer 2 the greeks bk home.......
17/06/2012 06:33
fantastic result from the Greeks, I love Greece and the people so I am made up for them, one things for sure they love their football and the Greek players just love representing the country. fantastic performance.

If the shock results at Euro 12 are transferred to the FA Cup next season, we'll have Southend United, Scunthorpe, Watford, Newport County, Rochdale and Gillingham in the quarter finals. Maybe even Palmeston Athletic. Real Roy Of The Rovers stuff!

Well done to Greece, though!


17/06/2012 00:25
The Greek   believe on themselves can stand for the impossible ,They won the Euro 2004  and the same year organised  the 2004 olympic game .BRAVO HELLAS
17/06/2012 00:19
From Greece with Love...The name is Georgios Karagounis....
17/06/2012 08:07

Well done your win is a silver lining to the clouds hanging over Greece!


17/06/2012 01:47

Drewett (Perite)


You are as thick as pigs***. I dare say you are what's known as a troll, a wind up merchant who can only get it up by winding up people behind the anonymity of a made up name behind the safety of a computer screen. A true wiesniak.


At any rate, the attitude you are pretending to portray is now a criminal offence. You are risking getting your collar felt.


Get a life, idiot.


17/06/2012 00:54
I am not sure what the author means by "did not deserve"; Greece clearly outplayed Russia as much as you like it or not. Maybe you placed a bet on Russia?
17/06/2012 03:18
drewett      i hope you get traced and arrested or meet a few relatives of the death camps . you complete bstd

Imran Khan

It seems that when teams are level on points the head-to-head match between them counts rather than goal difference. Greece won 1-0 against Russia so make the last eight.  




17/06/2012 05:25
This is true! After the first Russian game the other teams caught on to their Arsenal style of playing. Pass after pass and very nice to watch. But close them down and they can't get a look in from 20 yards.And if anyone says different,then I suggest you go to the ballet for beautiful moves. And if you want to Argue,Russia are out and Arsenal have  an empty trophy cabinet at the Emirates.
17/06/2012 09:09
Bravo Ellas !!!  The Greeks still have fire in their bellies that can bring down the might of the big guns like Russia. Never underestimate the power of the underdog. Come on Greece.
17/06/2012 07:26
Thats football, nail biting, but its what happens on the day. Feel for the Russians NOT
17/06/2012 08:26
I am a fan of Greece and am delighted they are thru to the quarter-finals but I don't agree with the head-to-head rule when it comes to teams with the same points. The group stage is supposed to be about the performance of teams over 3 matches. Therefore, goal difference then goals for is a much fairer system. Having said that, why don't UEFA dispense with group matches in the finals and have knock-out right from the start. The League and FA cups in England have straight knock-out matches. It might liven the competition up a bit if every match was crucial and allow more countries to enter the finals. Commiserations to Russia.
17/06/2012 06:58
Well done Greece. Hope you go on and win the final.
17/06/2012 11:13
Yeah, the scots spend most of their time supporting surrogate teams don't they. Pity they don't have a squad that can actually make the competitions for themselves.
17/06/2012 04:06

real do!! poland can concentrate on dressing there hooligans in 3 stripe trackies instead of adidas generous 4 stripers now there out .the scruffy gits.


17/06/2012 08:16
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