Portugal 1 - 2 Greece (1 Viewer)

PAOKI4

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PORTUGAL 1 - 2 GREECE

7' Karagounis
51' Basinas (p.)
93' Ronaldo

FORZA GREECE!!!!!!!!! WE ROCK!!!!!!!!!

It was a very good match IMO and of course Greece deserved to win 'cause we played much better! Portugal was a dissapointment!
 
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PAOKI4

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Match report:

Goals from Georgios Karagounis and Angelos Basinas gave Greece a deserved victory and provided a massive setback to Portugal's hopes of winning UEFA EURO 2004™ on home soil, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's late consolation.

Assured display
It was the first time the hosts had lost the opening match of a UEFA European Championship, but in truth it was a disappointing display from Portugal, who gave away possession far too easily. Greece, on the other hand, played with great freedom and assurance, none more so than Angelos Charisteas.

Nikolaidis in reserve
With Luiz Felipe Scolari having unexpectedly announced the Portugal lineup on the eve of the game, Maniche starting in midfield alongside Costinha on the FC Porto pair's club ground, the main speculation surrounded the fitness of Greece's No1 striker, Themistoklis Nikolaidis, who began on the bench.

Great chance
In his absence, Charisteas took up a position just behind Zisis Vryzas in attack and in the very first minute they combined to create a great chance. Following Luís Figo's reckless challenge on Karagounis, Vryzas escaped down the left and crossed low. The ball ran invitingly for Charisteas, but the SV Werder Bremen man swung and missed it completely.

Early goal
However, the visitors went ahead in the seventh minute, and having been the first to settle it was not a complete surprise. There were audible groans as Paulo Ferreira lost possession to Karagounis midway inside his own half. The FC Internazionale midfield player strode forward and planted a low right-footed shot from 15 metres past the despairing dive of Ricardo.

Greek opportunities
Two minutes later it could have been worse for Portugal. This time it was a former Porto player at fault as Jorge Andrade slipped, but Charisteas shot carelessly wide. Then Panagiotis Fyssas volleyed just over from Vryzas's measured cross.

Portugal respond
By now Figo had been stung into action, and when he crossed for Pauleta at the near post Traianos Dellas had to be alert to the danger. Andrade, up for a set-piece, then shot narrowly wide and Pauleta miscontrolled a Maniche through-ball as Portugal began to respond to the situation.

Rui Costa close
But Greece were still playing with confidence and Charisteas sent a powerful header over the bar from a corner before testing Ricardo with a more speculative long-range effort. At the other end a Rui Costa header was just off target from Paulo Ferreira's cross, and Simão Sabrosa slipped past Dellas only for Antonios Nikopolidis to race from his line and rescue Greece.

Half-time changes
With Rui Costa and Simão Sabrosa exerting little influence on proceedings, it was no surprise to see Deco, the darling of the local crowd, and Ronaldo taking their places for the second half. Greece, meanwhile, replaced Karagounis with the more defensive-minded Konstantinos Katsouranis.

Ronaldo foul
Ronaldo's first contribution, though, was to give away the penalty that Basinas converted to double the Greek lead in the 51st minute. Costinha's short pass had been intercepted and Charisteas played Giourkas Seitaridis through into the penalty area. Ronaldo, tracking back, sent the Greek full-back tumbling and referee Pierluigi Collina pointed instantly to the spot.

Spectators stunned
Most inside the stadium were stunned, Portuguese and Greek alike, although the latter fans soon started to believe what they were seeing and chanted the name of their German coach. For Portugal, Figo and Ronaldo tried to combine on the left, and the young Manchester United FC winger sent over one or two useful crosses but there was never anyone on the end of them.

Late opportunities
There was no questioning Figo's commitment as he tried to prise an opening, shooting over from a free-kick he had won. There was a similar result for Deco from a tighter angle, and eight minutes from time a goalbound effort from Ronaldo deflected to safety off Seitaridis. Substitute Nuno Gomes was then foiled by Nikopolidis on the line before Figo had a shot blocked by Dellas. From the resulting Figo corner, Ronaldo headed in, but it was too little, too late for the host nation.

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Vinman

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Jul 16, 2002
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It just goes to show that even the "favorites" can be beat

Greece played a GREAT game IMO......... I was hoping that they wouldnt get defensive once they got the lead, and they didnt !!!!
 

Lilianna

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Apr 3, 2003
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yeah,i am also VERY happy for greece,and i was waiting a sure loss for us but thanx god,our guys proved me wrong!~!

ELLADA OLE!!!!!!!!!!
 
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PAOKI4

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Jan 3, 2004
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++ [ originally posted by Lilianna ] ++
yeah,i am also VERY happy for greece,and i was waiting a sure loss for us but thanx god,our guys proved me wrong!~!

ELLADA OLE!!!!!!!!!!
me too! I was sure that we would loose! Alla i psuxi tou ellina einai terastia!!!

pes mou oti o vryzas einai koukli!!
 

Lilianna

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Apr 3, 2003
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++ [ originally posted by PAOKI4 ] ++


me too! I was sure that we would loose! Alla i psuxi tou ellina einai terastia!!!

pes mou oti o vryzas einai koukli!!
yeah,and now greece is first.
they have same pnts with sapin,but greece scored twice and spain once!!

GREECE OLE!
 

Vinman

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Jul 16, 2002
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++ [ originally posted by Lilianna ] ++



my sig??
i am not getting...
what you mean what's up??
That whole "I'll stab you with the sharpest knife............ whats that all about ??? Are you angry ???
 

Lilianna

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Apr 3, 2003
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#13
well,i want to stab some ppl actually.


actually,right now i am depressed besmg awful happened in my life,but in general,i am an angry person.

that's not good but still,i can not control it
 
Jan 7, 2004
29,704
#14
++ [ originally posted by Lilianna ] ++
well,i want to stab some ppl actually.


actually,right now i am depressed besmg awful happened in my life,but in general,i am an angry person.

that's not good but still,i can not control it

well, look at the good things in life. Greece pulled of something incredible today.
 

Lilianna

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Apr 3, 2003
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i know,i am watching now on tv how everyone's celebrating...

but i just can't be happy...as i said,smg horrible happened today and i can not make up my mind and get over it...

it is killing me...

but still,i am happy for greece!
my country is THE BEST and our guys deserved this win!!

i wish them the best and i also wish them to win the euro 2004....!
 
Jan 7, 2004
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++ [ originally posted by Lilianna ] ++
i know,i am watching now on tv how everyone's celebrating...

but i just can't be happy...as i said,smg horrible happened today and i can not make up my mind and get over it...

it is killing me...

but still,i am happy for greece!
my country is THE BEST and our guys deserved this win!!

i wish them the best and i also wish them to win the euro 2004....!

dont watch it on tv. go out and celebrate. get wasted and you will forget for at least today.
 

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