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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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"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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21:06

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It's been another exhilerating day of World Cup action and we'll be around on our daily tournament blog to sift through all the reaction as Colombia progressed and England's hopes of reaching the knockout stages took a hammer blow. Sit back, relax and let us digest all of the day's action for you now that the Global Stadium is closing.

21:01

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20:57
Japan
JapanJPN
Greece
GreeceGRE

Statistics

Ball possession

68%
32%
23Fouls Committed18
11Attempts On Target5
16Shots9
0Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
20:57

Goal Counter

66Goals so far
L. SUAREZ
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20:53
HONDA
JapanJPN
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

90MINUTES PLAYED75TOTAL PASSES0GOALS FOR4SHOTS
20:52
The final whistle sounds.

FULL TIME: In all honesty, it was a lethargic draw in Natal as Japan failed to break down the ten men of Greece. Katsouranis was sent off for two first half bookings, while Mitroglou went off with an injury in the opening period. The goalless draw sees Colombia advance to the knockout stages.

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.

After a Japanese breakaway, Torosidis takes down Okazaki. Endo steps up from the set piece but Karnezis is equal to it. The Greek keeper gets down low to his left hand side.

Man of the Match

Forward

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

Photos

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Line-ups

Japan
JapanJPN
Greece
GreeceGRE
(GK)
(GK)
81'
35'
41'
(C) 46' HT
Misses next match if booked
57'
Misses next match if booked
(C)
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
Misses next match if booked
46' HT
41'
57'
Misses next match if booked 81'
35'
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)

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