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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Greece 1-1 Spain

Angelos Charisteas (left) and Traianos Dellas celebrate Greece's goal
Greece are eyeing a place in the last eight after prising a point from Group A favourites Spain.

Angelos Charisteas crashed home the equaliser for Greece after the Spanish defence failed to deal with a long ball.

Fernando Morientes gave Spain a first-half lead, collecting Raul's backheel to sidestep a defender and finish.

Ruben Baraja and Juan Carlos Valeron had late chances but the Greeks again showed their resilience.

Greece were forced to weather some early heavy weather as Spain stretched them across the back through wide men Vicente and Joseba Etxeberria.

Raul's pass put the overlapping Raul Bravo in behind the Greek defence but Charisteas hared back to get in a great challenge.

KEY MOMENTS
27 mins: Morientes puts Spain ahead
47 mins: Greece's Zagorakis fires inches wide
65 mins: Charisteas levels for Greece

Carlos Marchena's late challenge on Giorgos Karagounis proved costly as his second yellow card of the tournament rules him out of Spain's final group game against Portugal.

Greece's stubborn defence was proving difficult to break down and when David Albelda's pass found Raul in space in the penalty box, an uncharacteristic heavy touch from the Real Madrid striker enabled Nikopolidis to gather.

Stelios Giannakopoulos's foul on Carles Puyol allowed Vicente to whip in a free-kick, and in stretching to make contact Ivan Helguera deflected the ball away from goal.

But there was no escape for Greece on 27 minutes when Fernando Morientes put Spain ahead.

Raul stepped in as Michalis Kapsis hesitated and his cute backheel found Morientes who sidestepped Katsouranis to rifle home from 12 yards.

Fernando Morientes fires Spain ahead
Morientes' predatory instincts are on show as he fires Spain ahead

Greece were at full stretch to keep out the rampant Spanish, but on 33 minutes Helguera and Marchena suffered a communication breakdown and escaped as Takis Fyssas's thumping shot was blocked by the unwitting Marchena.

Greece finished the first half strongly but the Spanish defence comfortably answered all the questions asked of it.

But they came close to an equaliser two minutes after the break when the ball fell invitingly to Zagorakis 23 yards out and his powerful drive flew inches wide.

Zagorakis then caught Albelda in possession and strode forward to fire straight at Iker Casillas.

Raul spurned a chance to give Spain breathing space when he planted a free header over the bar from eight yards out.

And he was made to pay for that miss as Greece conjured up an equaliser on 65 minutes.

The Spanish defence failed to deal with a long hopeful ball from substitute Vasilios Tsiartis and Charisteas controlled before firing a shot over Casillas.

Greece defended desperately to preserve their hard-earned point and Nikopolidis produced a point-blank save to keep out Helguera's header, while sub Valeron saw his shot blocked by Kapsis.


Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fissas (Venetidis 86), Giannakopoulos (Nikolaidis 49), Zagorakis, Karagounis (Tsiartas 52), Katsouranis, Vryzas, Charisteas.
Subs not used: Basinas, Chalkias, Dabizas, Georgiadis, Goumas, Kafes, Katergiannakis, Lakis, Papadopoulos.

Booked: Katsouranis, Giannakopoulos, Karagounis, Zagorakis, Vryzas.

Spain: Casillas, Puyol, Helguera, Marchena, Bravo, Etxeberria (Joaquin 45), Albelda, Baraja, Vicente, Morientes (Valeron 65), Raul (Torres 80).
Subs not used: Alonso, Aranzubia, Canizares, Capdevila, Cesar, Gabri, Juanito, Luque, Xavi.

Booked: Marchena, Helguera.

Attendance: 25,444.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia).


OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA
Category Greece Spain
Total shots 9 11
Shots on target 2 2
Possession 42% 58%
Corners won 2 15
Fouls committed 16 20
Offsides 2 1
Bookings 5 2
Sent Off 0 0



TRIVIA

  • Spain have now extended their unbeaten streak to 12 matches in all competitions since losing to Greece in June 2003.
  • Spain have scored in each of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • Greece's sequence of seven straight wins in competitive matches has come to an end. It was the joint ninth best string by a European country.





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