Greece were the first upset of the tournament, winning 1-0 to go through at the expense of Russia.
While Russia were the clear favourites and dominated possession, had the vast majority of attempts at goal and were more accurate with their passing, it was the solitary strike from veteran Greek captain Giorgos Karagounis that separated the sides.
Greece’s gameplan was about being solid in defence and hitting Russia on the counter-attack.
And their winning goal came when Karagounis pounced on a Yuri Zhirkov mistake following a Russia throw-in during first-half injury time.
That was Greece’s second shot on target from three attempts.
In contrast, Russia had 17 shots in the first half but only one on target – and their profligacy was to be their downfall as they were eliminated from the tournament.
- Attempts on goal: 31
- Shots on target: 2
- Shots off target: 17
- Blocked shots: 12
- Russia passes: 575
- Greece passes: 235
- The result is Russia’s first defeat in 17 games
- Statistics provided by Opta
- Greece had eight shots and two on target
- Goal-hero Giorgos Karagounis equalled Theo Zagorakis’s Greek record of 120 caps, but a booking for diving means he will be suspended for Greece’s quarter-final against the Group B winners
- This was Greece’s first win at a European Championship since they won the tournament in 2004
- Greece only had more possession than Russia during the first quarter of the match
- Greece relied on the 35m-plus long ball (26%) more than Russia (10%)
- Greece were less patient than Russia in their build-up with 39% of their passes hit forward as opposed Russia’s 30%
- Greece made 12 blocks, equalling England’s record in a single European Championship game (v Portugal in 2004 and France in 2012)
- Greece full-backs Vasilis Torosidis and Georgios Tzavelas, were first and third in terms of Greek players with the most possession
Now tonight the Netherlands could be the second upset, since losing the first 2 games. If they go through they will be the first side ever to do so despite not managing to claim even 1 point until the last match.
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