Greece target Nigeria riposte
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Greece insist that their 2-0 loss to Korea Republic had not sounded the death knell for their FIFA World Cup™ campaign and said they were now targeting a victory over Nigeria.

In their opening game of the South Africa tournament, the Koreans' speed, sharp tactics and hunger had Greece in all sorts of trouble.

Lax defending contributed to the first goal when Greece failed to deal with Ki Sung Yueng's free-kick from beside the left corner flag. The ball skimmed over the heads of the defence for Lee Jung Soo to volley in at the far post.

The Koreans wrapped up a deserved three points early in the second half when captain Park Ji Sung beat off defenders Avraam Papadopoulos and Loukas Vyntra and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas.

The goals we conceded were the results of mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and we made mistakes as a team not as indivduals.
Alexandros Tzorvas, Greece goalkeeper

Tzorvas said that the Greek squad would now work on regrouping and readjusting their sights on what he called a "very strong Nigeria team" in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

"We will spend the next couple of days trying to regroup. After the defeat we're trying to put aside the criticism and recover as fast as possible for the upcoming match," said the Panathinaikos keeper. "We now have to prepare very well to play and perform better against Nigeria and try to get our first win."

Tzorvas said the Korea team, who top Group B ahead of Argentina, had capitalised on simple mistakes.

"We have to see the overall picture and what went wrong," he said. "The goals we conceded were the results of mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and we made mistakes as a team not as indivduals.

"Nigeria are a very strong team. We will now analyse all aspects of our game and that of Nigeria to see what we have to do to win. We carry on. We all know that in football a lot of times you have bad results. We're not disappointed, we have to be realistic about our potential and what we can do."

Panathinaikos defender Loukas Vyntra, partly to blame for the second goal, gave a blunt assessment of what was needed in the win-or-bust game against Nigeria. "We have to go there and win," he said.