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World Cup: Japan 0-0 Greece

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Highlights: Japan 0-0 Greece

Japan and 10-man Greece played out a stalemate that keeps alive both teams' chances of progressing from Group C.

Greece captain Konstantinos Katsouranis was sent off for two bookable offences before the break in Natal.

The Greeks went close with a second-half header from Theofanis Gekas, which was saved by Eiji Kawashima.

Yoshito Okubo missed from just a couple of yards and Atsuto Uchida also prodded wide from a good position as Japan were left frustrated.

The draw leaves both teams on one point heading into the final round of group matches.

Japan face Colombia, who have already qualified with six points, and a win could still take them above Ivory Coast, whose current tally is three points.

Fernando Santos's Greeks must defeat the Ivorians and hope that Japan's result gives them a chance to finish in second place.

Whatever the permutations, a second goalless draw of the tournament offered little to suggest that either of these sides can qualify for the last 16.

Although Panagiotis Kone threatened when he surged forward from halfway and forced a low save from Kawashima, Japan were in control of possession from the start.

Yuya Osako curled wide from 25 yards and Keisuke Honda's free-kick was thwarted by Orestis Kanezis' scrambling save before Yoshito Okubo headed over from Yuto Nagatomo's cross.

Shortly after recalled Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglu had limped off with an injury, Katsouranis was sent off for a lunge at Makoto Hasebe.

That seemed to spark Greece and defender Vaileios Torosidis' powerful effort was pushed away by Kawashima before the same player missed with a header from a Georgios Karagounis free-kick.

Georgios Samaras missed narrowly with an effort straight from the kick-off for the second-half.

Despite being a man down, the Greeks continued to have the better chances and Kawashima showed real quality to push a Gekas header around a post from a Georgios Karagounis corner.

Midway through the second half, Japan should have moved in front when Atsuto Uchida's fine cross was driven well wide by Okubo from just a couple of yards.

Uchida then stabbed wide after the Greeks failed to clear and Maya Yoshida almost diverted a driven cross on target.

Yashito Endo had a free-kick saved in the final minute and Santos' side were able to hold out for a draw but neither side looks likely to make it beyond the group stage.

Greece coach Fernando Santos:

"My players were brilliant, They worked hard after the red card. Without the red card we probably would have won the game."

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos:

"It was a terrible start, losing a man but we have a point and we have hope.

"If things go well, let us get four points with a win in the next game - and if God decides that we are eliminated because of the other result, so be it."

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni:

"We played too slowly. This is not a positive result. We absolutely needed to win."

Katsouranis has been sent off in three of his last 16 appearances for club and country
Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglou limped off after 34 minutes.
Greece have failed to score in seven of their eight World Cup matches
Both teams could still reach the knock-out phase

Line-ups

Japan

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Uchida
  • 5Nagatomo
  • 16Yamaguchi
  • 22Yoshida
  • 15Konno
  • 13Okubo
  • 17HasebeBooked at 12minsSubstituted forEndoat 45'minutes
  • 18OsakoSubstituted forKagawaat 57'minutes
  • 4Honda
  • 9Okazaki

Substitutes

  • 3Sakai
  • 6Morishige
  • 7Endo
  • 8Kiyotake
  • 10Kagawa
  • 11Kakitani
  • 12Nishikawa
  • 14Aoyama
  • 19Inoha
  • 20Saito
  • 21Sakai
  • 23Gonda

Greece

  • 1Karnezis
  • 15TorosidisBooked at 88mins
  • 20Holebas
  • 21KatsouranisBooked at 38mins
  • 4Manolas
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 2Maniatis
  • 8KoneSubstituted forSalpingidisat 81'minutes
  • 9MitroglouSubstituted forGekasat 35'minutes
  • 18FetfatzidisSubstituted forKaragounisat 42'minutes
  • 7SamarasBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 3Tzavellas
  • 5Moras
  • 6Tziolis
  • 10Karagounis
  • 11Vyntra
  • 12Glykos
  • 13Kapino
  • 14Salpingidis
  • 16Christodoulopoulos
  • 17Gekas
  • 22Samaris
  • 23Tachtsidis
Referee:
Joel Aguilar
Attendance:
39,485

Match Stats

Home TeamJapanAway TeamGreece
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Japan 0, Greece 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Japan 0, Greece 0.
Foul by Maya Yoshida (Japan).
Sokratis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan).
Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Maya Yoshida (Japan).
Orestis Karnezis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Yasuhito Endo (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Vasilis Torosidis (Greece).
Attempt saved. José Holebas (Greece) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Georgios Samaras.
Foul by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Maya Yoshida (Japan).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Japan) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo following a corner.
Attempt missed. Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Japan. Conceded by José Holebas.
Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Greece) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Dimitrios Salpingidis replaces Panagiotis Kone.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.
Foul by Atsuto Uchida (Japan).
Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Japan. Conceded by Orestis Karnezis.
Attempt saved. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yasuhito Endo.
Foul by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan).
Panagiotis Kone (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Yoshito Okubo (Japan) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by José Holebas (Greece).
Attempt missed. Atsuto Uchida (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoshito Okubo.
Shinji Kagawa (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Panagiotis Kone (Greece).
Offside, Greece. Sokratis tries a through ball, but Theofanis Gekas is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida.
Attempt blocked. Shinji Okazaki (Japan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.
Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Maya Yoshida (Japan) because of an injury.
Delay in match Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) because of an injury.
Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Holebas (Greece).
Foul by Yoshito Okubo (Japan).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Japan).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Yoshito Okubo (Japan).
Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Japan).
Kostas Manolas (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Japan. Conceded by Vasilis Torosidis.
Attempt missed. Panagiotis Kone (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Eiji Kawashima.
Attempt saved. Theofanis Gekas (Greece) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis with a cross.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Keisuke Honda.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Shinji Kagawa.
Corner, Greece. Conceded by Atsuto Uchida.
Foul by Keisuke Honda (Japan).
Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Japan. Shinji Kagawa replaces Yuya Osako.
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Croatia210123
4Cameroon2002-50

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan1001-10
4Greece1001-30

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica110023
2Italy110013
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France110033
2Switzerland110013
3Ecuador1001-10
4Honduras1001-30

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina110013
2Iran101001
3Nigeria101001
4Bos-Herze1001-10

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany110043
2USA110013
3Ghana1001-10
4Portugal1001-40

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium110013
2Russia101001
3South Korea101001
4Algeria1001-10
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