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Greece pick first-ever win in World Cup, beating 10-man Nigeria 2-1

06-18-2010 11:49 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

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BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The 2004 European champions Greece snatched their first-ever win in FIFA World Cup, coming back from one goal down to beat 10-man Nigeria 2-1 in their second Group B match here on Thursday.

During their last World Cup in 1994, Greece lost all three group matches, 4-0 to Argentina, 4-0 to Bulgaria and 2-0 to Nigeria. Today, they made a revenge and kept their chance open for surviving the group as they were beaten by South Korea 2-0 in the first match.

In today's dule, Nigeria enjoyed a 1-0 in the 16th minute when midfielder Kalu Uche's free kick eluded everyone, including the keeper, and bounced into the far corner.

The situation changed in the 33rd minute when Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita was red-carded. He and Greek defender Vasileios Torosidis wrestled for the ball they clashed, and the Nigerian raised a boot and raked his opponent's knee.

The Nigerians were in complete control until the sending off.

Greece equalised on 44 minutes when forward Dimitrios Salpingidis fired a shot from the edge of the box and the ball hit Nigerian midfielder Lukman Haruna and deflected into the corner of the net.

On 54 minutes, things went from bad to worse for Nigeria as defender Tayi Taiwo suffered a hamstring injury.

Greece overtook Nigeria 2-1 in the 71st minute when Nigerian keeper Enyeama, who had been a shinning star since the opening of the tournament, spilled a shot that was right at Torosidis who tucked it home easily.

Before the goal, Greek top striker Gekas had a golden chance from 10 yards out as the ball broke to him but Enyeama saved brilliantly. Then Nigerian forward Yakubu Ayegbeni was clean through, drew a save from Greek keeper Alexandros Tzorvas and as the ball bounced free, Ogbuke Obasi had an open goal from eight yards out but he missed it.

In the 80th minute, Ogbuke looked for Odiah down the right but the ball was overhit. This appeared to be the last chance for Nigeria.

In injury time, Enyeama showcased several great saves but the Super Eagles had to accept another loss. They were edged by Argentina 1-0 in their first group match.

Earlier today, Argentina crushed South Korea 4-1.

So far, Nigeria still have chance to advance if Argentina beat Greece and they beat South Korea in their last group matches.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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