FIFA WORLD CUP

Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov | Attendance: 38891

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Argentina

  • Martín Demichelis 77'
  • Martín Palermo 89'
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  • 92'

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  • 92'

    Argentina are looking very impressive. Lionel Messi seems to be growing in confidence with every game he plays at this World Cup. They'll be the team to avoid in the second round.

  • 92'

    How must Greece be feeling now? They've limped out of the tournament, sticking with their defensive tactics for far too long.

  • 92'

    Full time between South Korea and Nigeria. It's finished 2-2 and South Korea are through to the last 16.

  • 92'

    Despite pre-tournament doubts, Argentina are looking the team to beat. As for Greece, they didn't show nearly enough attacking intent. If you don't attack, you won't score. If you don't score, you'll lose games.

  • 92'

    FULL TIME Argentina take a much deserved three points and sail through the group. Greece are going home.

  • 91'

    An emotional moment for Palermo, celebrating his goal with tears in his eyes. Great to see the World Cup still means so much to players.

  • 90'

    TWO MINUTES ADDED TIME

  • 88'

    GOAL Palermo makes it two! Lionel Messi does wonderfully again, dancing along the edge of the Greece penalty area, he bends a shot towards the corner, Tzorvas gets a hand to it, Palermo can't believe his luck and taps it in.

  • 86'

    Greece are still sat behind the ball. They're pressuring Argentina higher up the pitch but it's too little too late. They're heading home.

  • 84'

    Messi hits the post! A mesmeric run from Messi, he leaves Greece trailing in his wake, dips his shoulder, thunders a shot with his left foot only to see it clatter the post. So unlucky!

  • 81'

    Greece are chasing shadows now. Argentina are relaxed and looking comfortable. Greece really have been poor.

  • 80'

    Martin Palermo on for Diego Milito

  • 79'

    Another corner for Argentina, can they put this to bed?

  • 75'

    GOAL Demichelis scores for Argentina! From a corner, the big centre back's header hits Milito in the chest. It falls back to Demichelis to hammer home! Will Greece chase the game?

  • 75'

    Javier Pastore on for Sergio Aguero

  • 74'

    Mario Bolatti blocks off Ninis as he tries to launch a rare Greece attack.

  • 73'

    Almost a disaster for Greece! Milito tries to get through but Moras stops him. Tzorvas tries to clear and whacks it straight at Moras. Fortunately for Greece it only costs them a corner.

  • 72'

    Argentina look content to keep the ball and look to take any chances should they arise. Greece still sit deep.

  • 70'

    Rodriguez is slipped in after some slick passing between Messi and Aguero, only to be stopped in his tracks by the linesman's flag.

  • 69'

    Nigeria have made it 2-2 against South Korea through a Yakubu penalty. If it's stays level in that game Greece only need a goal. When will they attack?!

  • 68'

    Messi bends a free kick from 40 yards on target, Tzorvas tips it wide. From the corner the ball falls to Bolatti, who volleys into the stomach of the keeper, who stays down winded.

  • 67'

    If Greece go out of this World Cup surely they'll regret not giving this a real go?

  • 65'

    Clemente Rodriguez has been the best player on the pitch. Again he gets forward and gets a good ball across. Milito goes down claiming a tug, the referee is having none of it.

  • 63'

    Both teams seem satisfied with the draw. It's understandable from Argentina, suicidal from Greece.

  • 63'

    Di Maria should inject some much needed pace into the game.

  • 62'

    Angel Di Maria on for Maxi Rodriguez

  • 61'

    As difficult as it may be to watch, Greece's defence is admirable.

  • 60'

    Veron almost slides in Messi, Moras comes across to deny the World Player of the Year the chance.

  • 59'

    Greece are showing no ambition. Someone should tell them they're heading out of the World Cup. Samaras is looking to get towards goal at least, but judging by his latest wayward effort he should probably consider his options next time.

  • 57'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Veron has more touches (98) that the top three players on Greece combined (97).

  • 57'

    Rodriguez again cutting in from the left, this time though he lets fly and his effort is only narrowly wide.

  • 56'

    Clemente Rodriguez has impressed from left back. He gets forward again and his inswinging ball is narrowly over the head of Aguero.

  • 54'

    All Greece's substitutions have been made. They've got over half an hour left to play, you'd fancy Argentina to break them down.

  • 53'

    Ninis and Patsatzoglou on for Katsouranis and Torosidis

  • 53'

    Greece have been more positive since the break, maybe the South Korea score has filtered through to the players.

  • 51'

    Katsouranis is off the field at the minute, Ninis is stripped and ready to replace him, but he may not be needed.

  • 49'

    Greece are going home as things stand. Surely a more attacking approach from Rehhagel is needed now?

  • 48'

    Park Chu Young has put South Korea ahead and Samaras will be regretting that miss now.

  • 47'

    Greece should be one nil up! Samaras gets in behind and is through on goal. His weak right foot shot is blocked by Demichelis and it falls to Samaras again with the goal gaping. Somehow, Samaras manages to fire it wide. A golden opportunity missed.

  • 45'

    Greece have taken off an attacking midfielder for a left back. Doesn't bode well does it?

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Argentina start the second half.

  • 45'

    Nikos Spyropoulos on for Giorgos Karagounis

  • 45'

    Hopefully, as the second draws on Greece will be forced to push up the field and we'll have a more exciting game on our hands.

  • 45'

    So just to confirm, as results stand Argentina are through. They'll be joined by South Korea unless Nigeria or Greece can find a goal. For Nigeria to progress, Argentina have to win in Polokwane.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Greece have stifled Argentina, but it won't be enough at the moment. With South Korea drawing, Greece need a win.

  • 45'

    1 MINUTE ADDED TIME

  • 44'

    Maxi Rodriguez denied! Clemente Rodriguez's ball finds Maxi all alone, on the half volley he strikes it at goal only to be denied by Tzorvas. Seconds later Messi lofts an equisite chip that is also turned over by the Greek keeper. He's keeping them in the game.

  • 42'

    Karagounis whips in a cracking ball, Romero punches away emphatically and the second ball lands comfortably in his arms.

  • 41'

    Comment from JC: Greece are turning this into Euro 2004, although they can't afford to if the scorelines stay like this.

  • 41'

    Greece are going to have to abandon their defensive approach at some point if scores stay like this. I don't they'll do it anytime soon though.

  • 39'

    Katsouranis is down and looks in pain. He's quickly on his feet though as the stretcher men retreat.

  • 38'

    Nearly a chance for Greece. When he's had the ball Samaras has looked dangerous. His through almost finds the feet of Katsouranis who would've been clear.

  • 37'

    South Korea have levelled against Nigeria, Greece need a goal now.

  • 36'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Passes after 30 minutes: Argentina 245, Greece 71.

  • 35'

    A dangerous ball in from Maxi. Aguero flicks it on and Milito is inches away from getting on the end of it.

  • 34'

    Torosidis again, this time turning a lovely Clemente Rodriguez cross behind. Corner.

  • 31'

    The free kcik is wasted as the shot is blocked. Moments later Milito gets to the byline, Tzorvas gets finger tips to his cross. It falls to Aguero whose goal-bound effort is excellently blocked by Torosidis.

  • 29'

    Katsouranis booked for a clear tug on Aguero, dangerous free kick for Argentina. This is in Veron counrty.

  • 28'

    Greece are defending well, it's not pretty, however as things stand it will see them through to the last 16.

  • 26'

    Messi is starting to drop deep to look for the ball, but everywhere he goes Papastathopoulos follows. He's doing an excellent job of frustrating the Barca man.

  • 26'


    Lionel Messi is pegged back.

  • 25'

    Nigeria will be urging Maradona's men on here. If Greece lose and Nigeria win, the Super Eagle's will be through.

  • 24'

    ESPN Stats & Info: At the 20 minute mark, Argentina has completed 94.5% of their passes, Greece 68.8%.

  • 24'

    Argentina really are an attractive side with the ball at their feet, at the moment though they're not hurting Greece.

  • 23'

    The set piece is worked to Mario Bolatti, his driven cross evades everyone and runs out for a goal kick.

  • 22'

    Papastathopoulos sithes down Messi and somehow escapes a caution. Argentina do have a free kick though.

  • 20'

    So far it all seems to be going right until the final ball for Argentina. Maybe some rustiness from Milito and Aguero.

  • 19'

    Argentina are seeing plenty of the ball, but as yet are struggling to break down Rehhagel's men.

  • 17'

    Aguero with the moment of quality in the match. He turns Papadopoulos and he's away. His left foot effort is well saved. From the corner, Greece's clearance falls to Veron who hammers it goalwards, requiring another smart save from Tzorvas.

  • 15'

    Samaras and Demichelis are down after a hefty collision. Argentina have a free kick when there was no obvious foul either way.

  • 14'

    So, as things stand Greece will progress with Argentina, but there's a long way to go yet.

  • 14'

    It's easily cleared and Aguero runs away down field.

  • 14'

    Greece corner. They'll need to make the most of these.

  • 13'

    First Greek forray into Argentina's half. Samaras is away down the left until Otamendi executes a perfectly timed sliding challenge.

  • 12'

    Nigeria take the lead against South Korea through Uche, a perfect start for Greece.

  • 11'

    It's rolled across to Maxi Rodriguez whose piledriver is well blocked.

  • 10'

    Free kick Argentina. Veron is stood over the ball.

  • 10'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The Peter Mokaba Stadium is the only one in the 2010 World Cup not to see a first half goal.

  • 9'

    Messi makes his first burst towards the goal, but is stopped in his tracks by Papastathopoulos, great challenge.

  • 7'

    The pattern for this game seems to have been set inside the first seven minutes. Argentina will try and control the play and Greece will help them be giving the ball back to them should they lose it.

  • 6'

    Milito and Aguero will surely be keen to impress tonight. They'll want to be more involved in the latter stages of the tournament, should Argentina progress.

  • 4'

    Greece can't get anywhere near the ball. Argentina are calmly passing it around, until as I type Otamendi lets the ball slide under his foot and out of play. Once again Greece do the decent thing and return possession as soon as possible.

  • 3'

    Sloppy from Veron. Argentina were enjoying a decent spell of possession until Veron slid the ball calmly out of play. It matters not as Greece instantly return possession to Argentina from the throw in.

  • 2'

    Greece will have to be on the front foot to get through this evening. Will they shed their usual defensive approach?

  • 1'

    Argentina have an early free kick thanks to a foul from Tziolis.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Greece's win over Nigeria was the first time they had came from behind to win a match in major tournament.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina have won their last seven internationals, their best run since 1998.

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    KICK OFF Greece get us started in Polokwane.

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    For Greece, Maras and Samaras return to the team in the only two changes from the eleven that started their win over Nigeria.

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    Argentina make a host of changes, most notably Milito and Aguero come into the starting line up.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: The only previous match between these two sides was in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Argentina won 4-0 thanks to a Gabriel Batistuta hat trick and a goal by Diego Maradona, his last ever for the Albiceleste.

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    Argentina and Greece both know they can progress here at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, the stage is set for an intriguing contest.

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    Join us at 1830 GMT to see if Greece can spring a shock on the favourites to top Group B, Argentina.

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COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Greece

  • 7(3)

  • 26

  • 15

  • 33%

    67%

  • Argentina

  • 22(12)

  • 17

  • 8

Match Stats

  • Greece
  • Argentina
7(3) Shots (on goal) 22(12)
15 Fouls 8
1 Corner kicks 10
0 Offsides 2
33% Time of Possession 67%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
9 Saves 0
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