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Honours even for Japan and Greece

Greece survived the dismissal of captain Konstantinos Katsouranis to eke out a goalless draw with Japan that keeps both teams in with a chance of progressing.

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Quotes

"We needed to win this game at all costs and that was what we trained for all week. We ended up with the players switching their individual positions a lot. By doing that, we hoped to get an edge both in defence and attack once the Greeks went a man down," Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach.

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20:52
The final whistle sounds.
20:51
90'+YOSHIDA (Japan) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on SOKRATIS (Greece).
20:49
90'+KONNO (Japan) commits a foul.
20:47
90'YOSHIDA (Japan) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on KARNEZIS (Greece).
20:47
90'KARNEZIS (Greece) blocks the shot.
20:47
90'ENDO (Japan) sees his effort hit the target.
20:46
89' TOROSIDIS (Greece) is booked by the referee.
20:46
88'TOROSIDIS (Greece) illegally handles the ball.
20:45
88'KAWASHIMA (Japan) blocks the shot.
20:45
88'CHOLEVAS (Greece) sees his effort hit the target.
20:45
88'KONNO (Japan) commits a foul.
20:43
86'YOSHIDA (Japan) is penalised after committing a foul.
20:42
85'YOSHIDA (Japan) sees an effort go off target.
20:42
85'HONDA (Japan) takes a corner kick.
20:38
81'SAMARAS (Greece) sees an effort go off target.

Man of the Match

Forward

Line-ups

Japan
JapanJPN
Greece
GreeceGRE
(GK)
(GK)
8
81'
13
35'
15
41'
17
(C) 46' HT
Misses next match if booked
18
57'
Misses next match if booked
(C)
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
12
(GK)
23
(GK)
13
(GK)
Misses next match if booked
7
46' HT
41'
10
57'
11
Misses next match if booked 81'
14
19
17
35'
20
CoachCoach
Alberto ZACCHERONI (ITA)Fernando SANTOS (POR)

Match Facts

Natal

On 25 December 1597, back when Brazil was a colony of the Portuguese crown, a group of Portuguese officials reached the Potengi River with the duty of reclaiming the captaincy of Rio Grande do Norte, which was then dominated by French buccaneers.

Estadio das Dunas

  • Stadium nameEstadio das Dunas
  • CityNatal
  • Year constructed1972
  • Overall capacity39971

Weather

  • Clear Night
  • 29° CTemperature
  • 5 m/sWind
  • 65 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Joel AGUILAR
    El Salvador
    El SalvadorSLV
  • Assistant Referee 1: William TORRES (SLV)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Juan ZUMBA (SLV)
  • Fourth official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)

Groups

Group C
TeamsTeamsTeamsMPWDLGFGA+/-Pts
COL
33009279
GRE
311124-24
CIV
310245-13
JPN
301226-41