FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Referee: 88 | Attendance: 48132

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Greece 0-0 Mexico: Run continues

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.

DOUBLE SAVE

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

a defender.

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.

Scoring Summary

  • Greece
  • Mexico
 
 

Match Stats

  • Greece
  • Mexico
7(3) Shots (on goal) 9(4)
10 Fouls 12
6 Corner kicks 6
1 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 2

Teams

  • Greece
  • Mexico
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