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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 blog. The 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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
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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.
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.
PENALTY! The ball is cut back by Lazaros and Samaras goes down in the Ivorian area. The referee points to the spot!
There's a quick Ivorian break down the left-hand side after a Greece attack. Sio delays his pass and eventually finds Yaya Toure, who takes a heavy first touch. He gets his shot away eventually but it's late.
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Colombia go further ahead in the other match in this group. The situation remains the same, Côte d'Ivoire are joining them in the knockout stages as things stand.
GOAL: #JPN 1-4 #COL James Rodriguez makes it four with a clever chip over Kawashima #JPNCOL #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/95F8ixMJGw— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 21:49
SO CLOSE! Salpingidis finds space on the Greek right deep inside the Ivorian penalty area. He fizzes the ball across goal and it goes through a forest of legs, but nobody gets a touch on it and it's away to safety for Côte d'Ivoire.
Lazaros brings the ball down with his chest and takes a touch out of his feet before slamming a shot towards goal, but it's just wide of Barry's right-hand post.
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Colombia have increased their lead in Cuiaba, which strengthens the African side's position in the theoretical final standings.
GOAL: #JPN 1-3 #COL Jackson Martinez calmly finishes past Kawashima to put the game out of reach #JPNCOL #WorldCup - http://t.co/95F8ixMJGw— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 21:41
OFF THE POST! Torosidis whips in a fizzing cross, which is slightly overhit and catches Barry off guard. It strikes the woodwork before going behind.
AS THINGS STAND:
That Côte d'Ivoire goal changes everything in Group C. The African side would advance if the scores remain the same.
Sabri Lamouchi brings off his captain, replacing him with the defensive midfielder.
The captain is replaced by the forward, as Greece go in search of another goal.
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GOAL! BONY DRAWS THE IVORIANS LEVEL! It's a wonderfully incisive passing move by Côte d'Ivoire. Gervinho is found on the Ivorian left, just inside the Greek penalty area, and he draws the defenders out before teeing up Bony, who makes no mistake with his first time finish.
Bamba finds space from the set piece and tries to divert a header on target, but it's well wide of Glykos's left-hand post.
Lazaros hits the ball towards goal with a dipping effort, but it's just over the crossbar.
A superb piece of running by Cholevas sees the full-back advance from inside his own half, sprinting past a number of Ivorian challenges. Die pulls the No20 back, and it's a free-kick for Greece.
OFF THE BAR! The Greek skipper gets the ball out of his feet a full 35 yards from goal and gets a vicious shot away. It swerves in the air and beats Barry but, once again, Greece are denied by the woodwork.
Kalou dances past the challenge of Salpingidis and Torosidis and bends towards goal. It doesn't quite have enough whip on it, and it goes narrowly wide of Glykos's left-hand post.
Bony turns around 40 yards from goal and has one thing in his mind. He smashes a wild shot from distance, which is skewed well wide.
Karagounis slams the ball into the wall, and Torosidis hits the follow-up half-volley well wide.
Yaya Toure lets the ball run across his body and wide to Aurier. The full-back whips a cross in, and Maniatis clears behind. The corner is poor and cleared by the Greek defence. The Ethniki then break and Lazaros plays Torosidis into space on the Greece right. He turns inside and is felled by Kalou. It's a set piece in a dangerous position.
Salpingidis has time to turn on the edge of the Ivorian box, and he powers a thunderous drive at goal. It's at a decent height for Barry though, who pushes it over the bar.
Yaya Toure powers into a shooting position, but he doesn't trouble Karnezis with his effort.
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Colombia have retaken the lead in Cuiaba, which strengthens the Greek's potential position in second place as things stand.
GOAL: #JPN 1-2 #COL Jackson Martinez puts Colombia back in the lead, firing into the lower corner #JPNCOL #WorldCup - http://t.co/95F8ixMJGw— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 21:14
Lazaros sprints at the Ivorian defence and deceives Bamba with a lovely feint. He jabs a right-footed effort at goal, but it's well wide of Barry's right-hand post.
Côte d'Ivoire are applying pressure at the beginning of this second half. Can the Greek defence hold out?
Yaya Toure breaks from midfield and the ball finds its way to Gervinho on the edge of the Greek box. He tees up Tiote who hits it first time, but his left-footed effort is straight at Glykos who collects.
The first corner is lofted to the back post after being taken short. Salpingidis tries to get on the end of it, but it deflects behind for a corner. The second set piece is headed away.
Greece get the second half started at the Estadio Castelao.
DID YOU KNOW?
Andreas Samaris is the 22nd substitute of this tournament to score a goal. This World Cup only trails 2006 for the number of goals by substitutes (23).
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HALF TIME: It's the Greeks who lead at the interval thanks to substitute Andreas Samaris's first international goal. It's Greece's only goal of the World Cup so far, but it could be enough to send them into the Round of 16. As things stand, with Japan and Colombia level in Cuiaba, Greece would be in the knockout stages if the games were to finish as they are.
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Japan have equalised in Cuiaba, which does not change the potential outcome. Greece would still be in the Round of 16 if the scores remain the same.
GOAL / HT: #JPN 1-1 #COL Shinji Okazaki's diving header equalises with the last touch of the half #JPNCOL #WorldCup - http://t.co/95F8ixMJGw— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 20:47
Yaya Toure dances through the Greek defence and drives into the penalty area. Several Greece defenders throw themselves at the ball and the Manchester City man's effort is blocked.
GOAL! SAMARIS! Samaras pounces on a short pass by Tiote and the No7 touches it onto Samaris. The substitute sprints through, composes himself and lifts it over the oncoming Barry. Greece are going through if the scores remain the same!
Gervinho touches the ball through to Kalou, who tries the return pass via a backheel - it's snuffed out by the Greek defence.
The Côte d'Ivoire captain goes into the book after sliding in late on Samaris.
Torosidis whips a teasing ball into the Ivorian penalty area, and Barry parries unconvincingly. It's cleared away from danger.
Karagounis steps up to hit the set piece after Die conceded the free-kick. He strikes it low at goal, but Barry collects.
OFF THE BAR! Samaras sprints clear of the chasing Côte d'Ivoire defenders and plays in the left-back Cholevas. He gallops past the Ivorian defence and hammers a shot at goal. Barry is beaten by the superb right-footed effort, but it's back off the woodwork.
DID YOU KNOW?
Glykos made a late surge to usurp Michail Sifakis in Greece's World Cup squad. It's quite a rise for the Greece No12, who makes his finals debut having only made his first appearance for Greece in March this year.
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The Greece No1, who hasn't conceded a World Cup goal for almost two hours, is replaced by PAOK stopper Glykos.
Yaya Toure breaks through the Greek midfield and powers past two challenges. He tries to play in Drogba, but his pass is overhit and the Côte d'Ivoire skipper is forced wide and runs the ball out of play.
There's another break in play as Greece look to have suffered another injury blow. Their goalkeeper Karnezis receives treatment for a back problem and motions are made for the subtstitute stoppers to warm up.
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Group leaders Colombia go ahead in Cuiaba, which would put Côte d'Ivoire through in second place if the games finish this way. That opens the door a little for Greece, who would advance with a win against the Africans, if Colombia do indeed emerge victorious.
GOAL: #JPN 0-1 #COL Juan @Cuadrado puts Colombia ahead from the penalty spot #JPNCOL #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/95F8ixMJGw— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 20:17
Drogba, starting for the first time at these finals, is still causing defenders trouble at the age of 36. He rises highest to flick on to Gervinho, but the No10's effort is blocked.
The ball is played wide to Torosidis who fires a low fizzing cross towards Salpingidis. Barry bravely dives at the feet of the oncoming forward and claims the ball well.
Kone is indeed replaced by the Olympiacos man. Greece's No8 had time to attempt just one pass in his 12 minutes on the field.
There's a break in play as Kone goes down holding the back of his left leg. He gets to his feet in an attempt to walk the injury off, but Samaris is warming up and ready to come on.
The ball is played long up to Drogba who flicks on superbly to the advancing Gervinho. The Roma forward sprints on to the ball and tries to take on Manolas, but the Olympiacos defender shepherds it behind for a corner. The set piece is cleared by Kone.
Kone curls in a free-kick after Bamba raised his foot too high in the challenge. However, Torosidis impedes his marker, and it's a free kick.
Côte d'Ivoire get us underway in Fortaleza.
1 KARNEZIS, 2 MANIATIS, 4 MANOLAS, 7 SAMARAS, 8 KONE, 10 KARAGOUNIS, 14 SALPINGIDIS, 15 TOROSIDIS, 16 LAZAROS, 19 SOKRATIS, 20 CHOLEVAS
1 BARRY COPA, 3 BOKA, 4 T. KOLO, 8 KALOU, 9 TIOTE, 10 GERVINHO, 11 DROGBA, 17 S. AURIER, 19 TOURE YAYA, 20 SEREY DIE, 22 BAMBA
L'Abidjanaise plays out and the players, led by their captain Didier Drogba, sing passionately. Given the recent bereavement in the squad, it's a moving moment for all concerned.
The Côte d'Ivoire players are wearing black armbands in memory of Ibrahim Toure, brother of Yaya and Kolo, who sadly passed away last week. Sabri Lamouchi before the match said the brothers "made an extremely tough decision [to stay in Brazil] and I'm grateful to them for their courage.”
The two teams are out on the pitch and take their place for the national anthems. Greece's 'Hymn to Liberty' plays out first and the crowd sing along with the players.
"We've been working together and building this group for two years now. We've got to know each other and want to stamp our mark on the pitch. We are fully focused on the match; we know that victory would allow us to write our names in Ivorian football history."
The players are in the tunnel and Greece's Panagiotis Kone high-fives the player escorts as he walks down to take his place in the line-up.
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1 Orestis KARNEZIS, 2 Ioannis MANIATIS, 3 Georgios TZAVELAS, 4 Konstantinos MANOLAS, 19 Sokratis PAPASTATHOPOULOS, 5 Vangelis MORAS, 6 Alexandros TZIOLIS, 7 Georgios SAMARAS, 8 Panagiotis KONE, 10 Georgios KARAGOUNIS, 9 Konstantinos MITROGLOU
1 Boubacar BARRY, 2 Ousmane DIARRASSOUBA, 3 Arthur BOKA, 4 Kolo TOURE, 5 Didier ZOKORA, 7 Jean Daniel AKPA, 8 Salomon KALOU, 9 Ismael TIOTE, 10 GERVINHO, 19 Yaya TOURE, 11 Didier DROGBA
DID YOU KNOW?
All three of Côte d’Ivoire’s goals in this campaign came between the 64th and 73rd minutes.
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#GRE LINE-UP: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas #GRECIV— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 19:25
#CIV LINE-UP: Barry, Boka, K Toure, Kalou, Tiote, Gervinho, Drogba (c), Aurier, Y Toure, Serey, Bamba #GRECIV #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 19:25
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Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza