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World Cup: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
World Cup 2014: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast highlights

Greece qualified for the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time with a dramatic victory against Ivory Coast.

Georgios Samaras converted a controversial injury-time penalty to seal the win after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Giovanni Sio.

Greece had taken a first-half lead when substitute Andreas Samaris scored after Cheick Tiote's defensive mistake.

Ivory Coast had looked like advancing as Wilfried Bony equalised from Gervinho's pass, before the late twist.

Soon after their elimination from the tournament was confirmed, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi resigned.

Greece will face Costa Rica in the second round in Recife on Sunday, while the Ivorians have now gone out in the group phase in each of the last three World Cups.

They began the day second in the table and, with Colombia beating Japan 4-1 in the other Group C match, needed only a point to become the first African side to qualify for the second phase in this year's competition.

However, Greece, who offered little as an attacking threat in the second half, were given an opportunity to grab the winner when referee Christian Lescano pointed to the spot, despite Ivorian protests.

They were unhappy that Samaras, who kicked the turf, had fallen to the ground, but the official gave the decision and Samaras kept his composure to shoot past Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry for his first international goal since Euro 2012.

Greece started the day bottom of their group, and their hopes of qualifying suffered a further setback when they had to make two substitutions inside the first 24 minutes, including goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis with a back injury.

Greece's Georgios Samaras
Greece's Georgios Samaras converts a dramatic injury-time penalty to take his side into the last 16

However, they created the best first-half opportunities with Samaras leading a quick attack and releasing Jose Holebas, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area rebounded off the crossbar.

Fernando Santos's Greece team went ahead with their first goal of the tournament and only their third in three World Cups.

Newcastle midfielder Tiote carelessly lost the ball to Samaris, who played a one-two with Samaras before lifting the ball over Ivory Coast goalkeeper Barry.

Despite the African side seeing more of the possession after the break, Karagounis almost made it 2-0 with a long-range effort that hit the crossbar.

But Ivory Coast, who had seen Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony shoot wastefully wide earlier in the second half, deservedly equalised with a quick counter-attack as ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho set up Bony.

The Swansea striker, who scored in their 2-1 win against Japan on Sunday, calmly finished past substitute goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos.

That goal sparked wild Ivory Coast celebrations, but their joy turned to despair with Samaras's 93rd-minute penalty.

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi: "My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue. It is logical as we did not do well at last year's Africa Cup of Nations or at the World Cup finals.

"The Ivory Coast is a great football nation. And this was a cruel game. After so much hard work and so much sacrifice, all of us and everyone in the Ivory Coast is very sad."

Greece coach Fernando Santos: "We found balance tonight. We are not the worst team when we lose or the best when we win.

"To everyone in Greece I say, 'Go out into the street and celebrate.'"

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis: "We came here to advance from the group stage. We've never done it before, and we did in a great way.

"The goal should have come earlier. So God helped us in the end and we all thank him. We prevailed against the odds. We had passion and we had fight."

Samaris
Andreas Samaris put Greece ahead with their first goal of the tournament just before half-time
Greece
Greece had gone out in the group phase of both the 1994 and 2010 World Cup tournaments
Ivory Coast
Wilfried Bony and Gervinho celebrate Ivory Coast's equaliser, but Greece scored a controversial winner
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast had begun the day in the second qualifying position in Group C
Greece v Costa Rica
Greece celebrate their victory, while Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure watches on

Line-ups

Greece

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1KarnezisSubstituted forGlykosat 24'minutes
  • 15Torosidis
  • 20Holebas
  • 10KaragounisSubstituted forGekasat 78'minutes
  • 4Manolas
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 14Salpingidis
  • 2Maniatis
  • 7Samaras
  • 8KoneSubstituted forSamarisat 12'minutes
  • 16Christodoulopoulos

Substitutes

  • 3Tzavellas
  • 5Moras
  • 6Tziolis
  • 9Mitroglou
  • 11Vyntra
  • 12Glykos
  • 13Kapino
  • 17Gekas
  • 18Fetfatzidis
  • 22Samaris
  • 23Tachtsidis

Ivory Coast

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Barry
  • 17Aurier
  • 3Boka
  • 20Gonzaroua DieBooked at 70mins
  • 4K Touré
  • 22Bamba
  • 8KalouBooked at 62mins
  • 9TiotéSubstituted forBonyat 61'minutes
  • 11DrogbaBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDiomandeat 78'minutes
  • 19Y Touré
  • 10KouassiSubstituted forSioat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Diarrassouba
  • 6Bolly
  • 7Akpa-Akpro
  • 12Bony
  • 13Ya Konan
  • 14Diomande
  • 15Gradel
  • 16Gbohouo
  • 18Djakpa
  • 21Sio
  • 23Mandé
Referee:
Carlos Vera
Attendance:
59,095

Match Stats

Home TeamGreeceAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away23

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Greece 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1. Georgios Samaras (Greece) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Greece. Georgios Samaras draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).

  8. Post update

    Giannis Maniatis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire).

  12. Post update

    Andreas Samaris (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Côte d'Ivoire. Serey Die tries a through ball, but Giovanni Sio is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Vasilis Torosidis (Greece).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Souleymane Bamba (Côte d'Ivoire).

  17. Post update

    Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Giovanni Sio (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomon Kalou with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Vasilis Torosidis.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32107257
2Mexico32104137
3Croatia31026603
4Cameroon300319-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands330010379
2Chile32015326
3Spain310247-33
4Australia300339-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33009279
2Greece311124-24
3Ivory Coast310245-13
4Japan301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica32104137
2Uruguay32014406
3Italy310223-13
4England301224-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22008266
2Ecuador21013303
3Switzerland210146-23
4Honduras200215-40

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina22003126
2Nigeria21101014
3Iran201101-11
4Bos-Herze200213-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany21106244
2USA21104314
3Ghana201134-11
4Portugal201126-41

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22003126
2Algeria21015413
3Russia201112-11
4South Korea201135-21
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