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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Clockwatch: Portugal 0-1 Greece

How Greece won the 2004 European Championship.

Goalflashes and major incidents:

90 mins + 5: GREECE WIN EURO 2004.
Otto Rehhagel steers his Greece side to victory in Euro 2004 - the country's biggest ever sporting achievement. Greece players celebrate with their fans, while Portugal's players slump to the ground in tears.

90 mins + 3: Zagorakis is crudely brought down by Valente, who is booked for his efforts.

90 mins: The Greek are five minutes away from footballing heaven - they had not even won a single match at a major tournament before their appearance at Euro 2004, making their achievement in Lisbon all the more incredible.

88 mins: Greece close in on their first major tournament win, but Figo goes agonisingly wide for Portugal with a shot on the turn which is deflected for a corner.

85 mins: A fan runs onto the pitch brandishing a Barcelona flag, which he throws in the direction of Figo once of the Catalan club. The fans then launches himself into the Portugal goal, crashing into the net to cause a big delay.

84 mins: Portugal look increasingly desperate as they struggle to penetrate the Greek defence. Gomes reverts to playing with his hand to get the ball back.

80 mins: Vryzas is replaced by Papadopoulos, but Greece have to be alert to the threat of Maniche who strikes a fierce shot that Nikopolidis saves low to his right.

79 mins: Valente crosses from the left but Nikopolidis intercepts and gathers the ball.

76 mins: Venetidis replaces Giannakopoulos, who gets a standing ovation from the Greek fans as they begin to believe the dream that they can win Euro 2004.

74 mins: Ronaldo blazes the ball over the crossbar after finding himself unmarked in the Portugal area.

73 mins: Nuno Gomes replaces the hugely disappointing Pauleta in the last throw of the dice for Portugal.

71 mins: Goalscorer Charisteas is tracking back to help his defence such is the Olympian effort of the Greeks to protect their advantage.

70 mins: Greece are only 20 minutes away from what would be a historic European Championship victory. They are defending more deeply now having taken the lead, but will they be able to hold on against host nation Portugal?

68 mins: Portugal increase the pressure, winning a succession of corners but they are unable to convert any of their chances.

65 mins: Zagorakis impudently lifts the ball into the path of goalscorer Charisteas, who just fails to get in his shot from six yards out.

64 mins: Greece give the ball away on the edge of the area and Figo pounces to fire at Nikopolidis.

61 mins: Costa makes an immediate impact on the game, driving in a low cross across the face of the Greece goal.

60 mins: Rui Costa comes on for Costinha as Portugal coach Scolari goes for the equaliser.

59 mins: Ronaldo unleashes a wicked shot that Nikopolidis parries out of harm's way.

57 mins: GOAL Portugal 0-1 Greece
Charisteas rises above the Portugal defence to head past Ricardo, who fails to deal with Basinas' corner - Greece's first corner of the final. Seitaridis, who has tormented Portugal down the right, does brilliantly to win the corner.

55 mins: Dellas makes an uncharacteristic error to allow Deco wriggle forward but the Greece defender retrieves the situation with an excellent challenge.

50 mins: Deco goes down in the area appealing for a penalty, but referee Merk takes no action against the Portugal playmaker for simulation.

48 mins: Charisteas breaks forward at speed and tries to pull the ball back for his team-mates, but Costinha clears.

47 mins: Giannakopoulos enjoys some good possession on the right but cannot really test the Portugal defence.

46 mins: Portugal get the second half under way with their fans urging them on.

HALF TIME: The Greeks go into the break the happier of the two teams having kept Portugal at bay.

45 mins + 1: Basinas is booked for a deliberate handball, with the two yellow cards issued in the first half the only real incidents of note.

44 mins: Zagorakis is brought down by Deco but the Greeks fail to do anything with the free-kick. The game fizzles out as half time approaches.

43 mins: Miguel is replaced by Ferreira at right-back.

40 mins: Dellas launches a massive free-kick upfield that Giannakopoulos heads back into the Portugal area but none of his team-mates are on hand to pick up the loose ball.

38 mins: Portugal striker Pauleta continues to look ineffective. Miguel suffers a blow to the chest, while Greece's fans give their team lots of vocal support.

36 mins: Seitaridis shows a good turn of pace to beat Ronaldo to the ball and win a free-kick.

33 mins: Deco wins a free-kick on the edge of the area but Figo's delivery is poor as the ball eludes everyone.

31 mins: Ronaldo goes down under a challenge but soon picks himself up when Portugal regain possession. His trickery bamboozles the Greece defence but Deco is unable to pick out Pauleta in the area.

30 mins: Miguel and Ronaldo struggle to get a cross in on the right and Greek push forward as they look to counter-attack.

28 mins: The Greeks are gradually imposing themselves on the game as Portugal fail to make the most of their initial possession.

26 mins: Charisteas charges forward but Carvalho checks his progress. The ball finishes at the feet of Vryzas, whose cross is well-handled by Ricardo.

23 mins: Maniche cracks a low shot just wide from Deco's corner.

21 mins: Deco switches the direction of play and picks out Maniche who passes to Ronaldo. The winger crosses but Pauleta and Miguel collide in the area as the move breaks down.

18 mins: Dellas does superbly to marshal the tricky Ronaldo in the area and win back possession for Greece after a Portugal free-kick.

16 mins: Ricardo saves with his legs to deny Charisteas after some brilliant interplay with Vryzas and Katsouranis.

13 mins: Miguel runs onto Ronaldo's headed knockdown and strikes a shot goalwards, forcing a good save by Nikopolidis.

11 mins: Dellas picks out Zagorakis, who finds Seitaridis. He is brought down on the edge of the area by Costinha, who receives a yellow card.

8 mins: Figo hogs the touchline and shows excellent ball control to avoid the tackling of Zagorakis and win a corner.

5 mins: Deco finds Ronaldo but his shot blocked by Dellas on the edge of the area.

3 mins: Pauleta goes down on the edge of the area after some good Portuguese build-up, but referee Markus Merk waves away appeals for a free-kick.

2 mins: Greece opt to man-mark Portugal's forwards Pauleta and Deco.

1945 BST: Greece kick off against Portugal after two rousing renditions of the finalists' anthems.

Match build-up:

Portugal was in the grip of Euro 2004 fever as Luiz Felipe Scolari's team made their way to the Stadium of Light for the final against outsiders Greece in Lisbon.

Thousands of fans lined the route for the half-hour journey from Portugal's training camp in Alcochete to the stadium.

The team coach was forced to stop on several occasions as supporters surrounded the coach waving flags and cheering their heroes.

And Portugal fans attempted to form a human chain of support after the coach passed over the giant Vasco da Gama bridge into Lisbon.

Temperatures soared into the 80s and even though the Portugal fans outnumbered the visitors, Greek supporters were also out in their masses, bedecked in the blue and white flags of their country.

The game is a 65,000 sell-out with many outside still desperately trying to acquire tickets in the build up to kick-off.

Portugal coach Scolari is attempting to add Euro 2004 to the World Cup he won with Brazil in Japan two years ago.

But his opposite number Otto Rehhagel has guided underdogs Greece through to the final by master-minding victories against Portugal, holders France and the Czech Republic.

Team news:

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has named an unchanged team - which means Pauleta keeps his place despite having failed to score in Euro 2004.

Captain Luis Figo has equalled the record number of European Championship appearances - 14 - and will become Portugal's most capped player if Fernando Couto does not take to the field against Greece.

Greece boss Otto Rehhagel makes one enforced change, Bolton's Stelios Giannakopoulos replacing the suspended Inter Milan midfielder Georgios Karagounis.

Portugal: Ricardo, Miguel, Carvalho, Andrade, Nuno Valente, Costinha, Maniche, Deco, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pauleta.

Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fyssas, Giannakopoulos, Zagorakis, Basinas, Katsouranis, Vryzas, Charisteas.

Referee: Markus Merk (Germany).

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