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Greek spot-kick drama denies Ivorians

Just as Côte d'Ivoire seemed destined to reach the FIFA World Cup knockout stages, a stoppage-time penalty from Georgios Samaras sent Greece through with a 2-1 victory.

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Quotes

"The best team won; the one with the best strategy, most desire and most chances on the night. We scored twice and hit the bar three times. The win was deserved and we showed what we can do," Fernando Santos, Greece coach.

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19:09

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It's an incredibly dramatic finish in the Estadio Castelao, and there'll certainly be reaction to come in our daily tournament blogThe Greeks reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time, and there will be a new face in the quarter-finals too - neither they or their Round of 16 opponents Costa Rica have made it to the final eight. It's heartbreak for the Ivorians, who were seconds away from reaching the knockout stages themselves before Samaras' late strike. Remember to #joinin the global conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

19:00

Standings - Group C

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
ColombiaCOL
9330092
GreeceGRE
4311124
Côte d'IvoireCIV
3310245
JapanJPN
1301226
18:58
Greece
GreeceGRE
Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV

Statistics

Ball possession

45%
55%
13Fouls Committed23
5Attempts On Target9
13Shots13
2Total Goals scored1
1Penalties scored0
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18:57
SAMARAS
GreeceGRE
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

90MINUTES PLAYED28TOTAL PASSES1GOALS FOR1SHOTS
18:53
The final whistle sounds.

FULL TIME: It's all over and Greece head through after a dramatic finale in Fortaleza. Santos's side led for half an hour after sub Samaris put the Ethniki ahead just before half time. Another substitute Bony levelled things up before Samaras's late, late winner. They will meet Costa Rica in the Round of 16 on Sunday.

18:52
90'+T. KOLO (Côte d'Ivoire) sees an effort go off target.
18:51
90'+ SAMARAS (Greece) successfully converts the penalty!

The Celtic forward sidefoots the ball to the diving Barry's left-hand side. The keeper guesses the right way, but he can't keep it out.

18:50
90'+SAMARAS (Greece) is fouled inside the box by SIO (Côte d'Ivoire). A penalty is awarded to Greece.

PENALTY! The ball is cut back by Lazaros and Samaras goes down in the Ivorian area. The referee points to the spot!

18:49
90'+S. AURIER (Côte d'Ivoire) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MANIATIS (Greece).

Man of the Match

Forward

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

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Line-ups

Greece
GreeceGRE
Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
(GK) 24'
(GK)
Misses next match if booked
12'
Misses next match if booked 61'
(C) 78'
83'
Misses next match if booked
(C) 78'
Misses next match if booked
Misses next match if booked
Misses next match if booked
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK) 24'
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
61'
78'
78'
12'
21
83'
Not eligible to play
Not eligible to play
CoachCoach
Fernando SANTOS (POR)Sabri LAMOUCHI (FRA)

Match Facts

Fortaleza

Although it was officially founded as a village in 1726, and would only become the capital of Ceará in 1799, Fortaleza (Portuguese for ‘fortress') owes its name to the period between 1637 to 1654, when it was controlled by the Dutch, who built the Schoonenborch Fort.

Estadio Castelao

  • Stadium nameEstadio Castelao
  • CityFortaleza
  • Year constructed1973
  • Overall capacity60342

Weather

  • Sunny
  • 29° CTemperature
  • 27 m/sWind
  • 58 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Carlos VERA
    Ecuador
    EcuadorECU
  • Assistant Referee 1: Christian LESCANO (ECU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Byron ROMERO (ECU)
  • Fourth official: Sandro RICCI (BRA)

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