FRANKFURT, Germany, June 22 (Reuters) - Mexico and Greece
produced the first 0-0 draw of this year's Confederations Cup on
Wednesday in an exciting game that merely lacked a goal.
The point Mexico gained ensured they finished top of Group B
and will now play Group A runners-up Argentina in their
semi-final in Hanover on Sunday.
Greece finished bottom of the group behind Brazil and Japan,
who drew 2-2 to both finish on four points, but with the world
champions going through to the last four on goal difference.
Brazil will face Group A winners Germany in the other
semi-final in Nuremburg on Saturday.
Otto Rehaggel's European champions failed to score a goal in
their three matches but at least collected one point.
Mexico and Greece attacked from the start and only some
superb saves by the two goalkeepers and profligate shooting from
both sets of forwards meant the scoreline stayed blank.
Mexico, who stretched their unbeaten run since July last
year to a record 20 matches, thought they had scored after 81
minutes but substitute Alberto Medina's close-range volley was
ruled out for a dubious offside.
The most dramatic moment of the match came in the seventh
minute when Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made an
astonishing double save to deny Greece an early goal.
First he deflected a powerful header from Zisis Vryzas on to
the bar and when Vryzas smashed the rebound goalwards, Sanchez
parried the ball to safety after it took a wicked deflection off
In all there were more than 30 goal attempts in an
end-to-end match and Francisco Fonseca of Mexico and Haristeas
were among those denied goals by excellent saves from Greek
keeper Antonis Nikopolidis and Sanchez respectively.