24 June 2014 | News Comments

Last-gasp Samaras penalty sends Greece through

World Cup grp. C 24 June 2014 Estádio Castelao Finished

Greece 2 - 1 Ivory Coast
Panagiotis Kone 12'
Andreas Samaris 12'
Orestis Karnezis 24'
Panagiotis Glykos 24'
Didier Drogba 37'
Andreas Samaris 42'
Cheik Tiote 61'
Wilfried Bony 61'
Salomon Kalou 62'
Serey Die 70'
Wilfried Bony 74'
Georgios Karagounis 78'
Theofanis Gekas 78'
Didier Drogba 78'
Ismael Diomande 78'
Gervinho 83'
Giovanni Sio 83'
Georgios Samaras 90'

A stoppage time penalty from Giorgos Samaras gave Greece a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in their final Group C match and took the Greeks through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time.

Samaras stroked home a controversial 93rd minute penalty after he was judged to have been tripped in the box by Giovanni Sio as the Greeks poured forward in search of a winner.

Their last-gasp victory left them second in the group on four points, one ahead of Ivory Coast and three clear of Japan. Colombia topped the group with a perfect nine points.

The Greeks, who had failed to get past the group stage at their two previous appearances at the World Cup, will face Costa Rica in Recife on Sunday in the last 16.

Greece needed to win to stand any chance of going through and took the lead just before halftime, Andreas Samaris pouncing on a mistake by Cheick Ismael Tiote and exchanging a quick one-two with Samaras before firing a low shot past Boubacar Barry.

But the Ivorians equalised on 74 minutes, substitute striker Wilfried Bony stroking home after being set up by Gervinho.

The Greeks went back on to the attack and won with virtually the last kick of the match to send Ivory Coast home at the group stage for the third consecutive World Cup.

Statistics

Possession

Greece | 45% Ivory Coast | 55%

Shots on target

Greece | 4 Ivory Coast | 3

Shots off target

Greece | 9 Ivory Coast | 6

Fouls

Greece | 13 Ivory Coast | 23

Throw ins

Greece | 4 Ivory Coast | 5

Offsides

Greece | 1 Ivory Coast | 1

Yellow cards

Greece | 0 Ivory Coast | 3

Red cards

Greece | 0 Ivory Coast | 0

Corners

Greece | 4 Ivory Coast | 7

Counter attacks

Greece | 3 Ivory Coast | 1

Blocked Shots

Greece | 1 Ivory Coast | 3