FT: Greece 1 Russia 0

2223
Germany certainly seem the most likely opponent for Greece and that presents an extremely tough challenge, but if they show the grit and determination they did tonight then who knows, we all saw what they did in 2004 against the odds.

2223
Tim writes: "i think greece will play germany and that will be a big rival match because of the euro"

2142
What a sensational result for Greece and they are ecstatic. Russia can only blame themselves for not doing enough to ensure they went through and have had spells in each of their three games where haven't seemed so interested. Greece qualify along with Czech Republic following their 1-0 victory over Poland in an exciting end to Group A. What is your reaction to how this evening unfolded? What chance have Greece and Czech Republic got of going even further in the tournament? Send your emails to ollybell_2@msn.com

90+5
That's it! It's all over and Greece have unbelievably upset the odds to beat Russia and progress to the quarter finals. Resolute defending and sheer passion has seen them overcome a Russia side who constantly threatened, but always lacked that something special in the final third.

90+4
Holebas recieves a yellow card. He will miss the quarter final which Greece will surely play in now.

90+3
Pogrebnyak sees his powerfully struck shot saved well by Sifakis, but the referee had blown his whislte, noting the striker's handball in the build up and shows him a yellow card.

90+2
Zhirkov comes forward with pace on the left and whips in a dangerous cross. Berezutski tries to throw himself at it but he makes a foul in the process.

90+1
A couple of feeble attacks from Russia each end up in the grateful hands of Sifakis.

89
Some good play by Dzagoev earns Russia their 11th corner of the evening. Can they find something from somewhere in the closing stages. They will have four minutes of added time to do so.

88
Russia are deep in the Greek half, but another move comes to a disappointing end. Dzagoev feeds the ball inside to Pogrebnyak who tries a clever touch into the box but it doesn't work out and Greece clear their lines. Russia are back on the attack now thought, and it looks they will be until the final whistle.

87
A bit of play acting from Katsouranis causes a bit of a delay in the match, but it could backfire as he has to go off the field, leaving his team mates a man down as we enter the closing minutes.

84
Russia go as close as they have been all evening to scoring. Arshavin swings in a super cross for Dzagoev from the right, whose header skims the back post, with Sifakis well beaten.

84
Another change for Greece now, with youngster Ninis coming on for Salpigidis.

83
Another chance goes begging for Russia as the corner is worked to Pavlyuchenko on the far edge of the box, but his effort goes well over.

82
Izmailov looks energetic from the bench as he tries to force his way into the box. He loses possession but Maniatis is unable to stop the ball going out for a corner.

81
Final roll of the dice for Russia now as Izmailov comes on for Anyukov. Can they get the equaliser they so badly need?

80
The pressure is really on Russia at the moment, but Zhirkov's pass towards Pavlyuchenko on the left wing is cut out.

79
Samaras is fouled by Berezutski in the middle of the park, giving Greece an opportunity to waste some time with the free-kick.

77
Denisov is too ambitious this time though, with his unsuccessful effort from 30 yards wasting a Russia attack.

76
Denisov goes close with a worthy effort from outside the area, but Sifakis gets down to his right to make the save.

75
Zhirkov goes down under a barge from Salpigidis on the left edge of the Greece box but nothing is given by the referee. To make matters worse for Russia, Czech Republic have taken the lead against Poland, which would knock them out if things stay how they are at the moment.

74
Dick Advocaat makes an alteration now, with Pogrebnyak coming on for Glushakov.

72
A really reckless challenge from Dzagoev on Katsouranis earns him a yellow card, as things get a bit heated here in Warsaw.

71
Tzavelas hits a wonderful free kick and he is so unlucky to see it hit the post as it curls over the wall and beats the keeper brilliantly.

70
Chance at the other end now as Zhirkov fouls Salpigidis to provide Greece with a free-kick in a good shooting position, earning a yellow card in the process.

68
Torosidis gets in the way of Arshavin's effort to concede a corner. Samaras heads behind for another, but Anyukov wastes the opportunity for Russia with a poor shot.

67
Fernando Santos may fear that Karagounis will get into more trouble, and decides to replace him with Makos. Katsouranis is handed the captain's armband.

65
Greece make a change now, Holebas coming on for Gekas in what is quite clearly a defensive move.

64
Russia are back on the attack but Pavlyuchenko's cross from the left fails to find a target and it runs out for a goal kick.

63
Replays show that a penalty really should have been given there. Wrong decision by the referee. To add salt to the wound for Karagounis, he will miss the country's quarter final if Greece are to progress.

62
Controversial decision by Eriksson to book Karagounis for diving after he was seemingly fouled by Ignashevich in the box. Karagounis is outraged.

60
Karagounis' corner is headed behind for another. They go close with a header from the second but the ball ends up out of play for a Russia throw.

59
Fantastic run by Torosidis as he beats Zhirkov to dart into the box from the right wing. He chooses to square the ball towards Gekas and Anyukov makes a vital interception to stop it from being 2-0.

58
Samaras draws the foul from Berezutski to hand Greece a breather. Samaras has worked very hard tonight and has been the stand out performer for Greece.

57
Greece's compact set up is forcing Russia to continually shoot from distance. Denisov has the latest effort. He misses the target but not by much. Was a good attempt.

56
Strange decision by the referee to award Russia a free-kick after it looked like Anyukov had fouled Samaras as the Greek attacker tried to touch it past him.

55
Russia forward again with Greece keeping men behind the ball, but Pavlyuchenko has a loose touch and the ball is hacked clear.

54
Russia controlling possession in Greece's half but are unable to work the ball past an organised defence. Pavlyuchenko tries instead to score from distance but it is an awful effort, allowing Sifakis a goal kick.

52
Good play from Russia as Anyukov switches the ball to Zhirkov on the left side of the box, who then tees up Shirokov nicely for the shot but he fires wide.

51
Samaras looks okay now as he shrugs off the presence of Berezutski to advance freely towards the Russia box, but his effort on goal is way off target.

50
Samaras is walking gingerly following a robust challenge from Anyukov.

48
Samaras wins a throw on the left wing for Greece off the legs of Berezutski.

47
Pavlyuchenko has come on for Kerzhakov, in an expected change from Dick Advocaat.

46
Russia start the second half in a very precarious position in Group A.

2041
After being 4/1 outsiders to win this match, Greece have shortened to 10/11 to close out the victory following their last gasp goal in the first half. Russia are 3/1 to turn the game around and win, while the draw is available at 2/1. I would expect a strong reaction from Russia in this second half, and you can now get odds of 5/1 for them to win the match 2-1.

2039
Well, as things stand, Russia and Greece will both qualify for the quarter finals, but Russia cannot rest, knowing any result other than a draw between Czech Republic and Poland would see them out. Send your thoughts on the first half to ollybell_2@msn.com

2036
Russia pay the price for not taking a host of opportunities. Kerzhakov has once again been disappointing and must be replaced with Pavlyuchenko if Russia are to come back in this game. Greece score from only their second or third shot at goal and will be absolutely amazed to go into the break in the lead, having been unquestionably the second best team so far.

45+3
Eriksson blows his half time whistle after some late drama here.

45+3
A goal from absolute nothing as Greece take the lead against the run of play. It all starts from a throw on the left of midfield. Zhirkov completely misjudges the flight of the ball and allows Karagounis to collect the loose ball. The Greece captain takes it in his stride and thumps home from the right side under Malafeev. One nil to Greece!

45+2
GOAL - Karagounis!

45+1
There will be two minutes added to this first half, as Russia fail to take advantage of successive corners, with the latest opportunity spurned by Shirokov's wayward shot.

45
The Greek defence stay strong to firstly stop Dzagoev running through on goal, then block Shirokov's shot before clearing Anyukov's cross.

44
Greece have not offered much in this first half, which is disappointing considering they stand a chance of progressing into the quarter finals.

42
Another unsuccessful Russian attack results in Samaras travelling forward with ball on the counter. He delivers a good ball in from the left but Ignashevich gets his head to it to clear.

41
Zhirkov sees a very good effort from the right edge of the area following the corner go just over the bar. Sifakis had it covered though.

40
Glushakov misses the target with his strike but Russia have a corner as it took the slightest of deflections off Papastathopoulos.

39
Kerzhakov fails to connect with ball having been set up by Dzagoev. Was a very good chance for Russia there.

38
Kerzhakov's attempt to swing the ball towards goal from the left edge of the area is closed down well by Papadopoulos, resulting in a Russian throw on the left wing.

36
Shirokov falls after having his shirt tugged at by Karagounis but penalty claims are dismissed by Eriksson. Replays show there was a pull but it was outside the box.

35
Papadopoulos doesn't give Arshavin an inch and tackles well as soon as the Russian receives the ball.

34
Russia threaten again, but Denisov's loose pass hands possession to Samaras. The Celtic striker then tries to run past him but he fouls to give Greece a free-kick.

33
Torosidis gets forward to put in a good cross from the right, but Berezutski is on form to head it away.

32
Glushakov has a go from distance but his shot doesn't trouble the target.

31
Gekas falls after clashing with Berezutski but no free-kick is awarded by Eriksson.

30
Russia work the ball into the box excellently, but Papadopoulos does well to slide clear Arshavin's low cross for Kerzhakov.

28
Greece have a throw on the left wing, relieving the pressure, but Salpigidis pushes Zhirkov in the box to hand possession back to the Russians.

27
Russia looking dangerous and almost create a good opening on the right wing, but Shirokov overhits his return pass for Anyukov, who would have been in a great position to cross.

26
Arshavin delivers a good corner into the six-yard box, but the Greece defence head clear.

25
Shirokov goes for goal from the right edge of the Greece box, but Papastathopoulos gets in the way to deflect his effort wide for a corner.

25
Denisov slips as he tries to shift the ball towards the right wing, and it goes out for a Greece throw.

23
Russia keeping hold of possession at the moment, but not creating any shooting opportunities just yet.

22
Russia look dangerous when they attack, with a good rhythm to their passing in midfield.

20
Good passing from Russia. Kerzhakov is stopped by Papadopoulos but the loose ball runs nicely for Arshavin, but he scuffs his shot and it goes wide of the goal.

19
End to end stuff here as Greece attack on the right wing but Malafeev is able to claim the cross. Russia respond with Dzagoev, who decides against a pass to go for goal, but his shot is tame and easy for Sifakis to save.

18
Samaras heads the corner away but Zhirkov returns with an attempt which is blocked, enabling Greece to eventually get the ball clear.

17
Greece see their corner easily cleared and Russia counter with pace through Zhirkov. He plays the ball past Papastathopoulos and heads towards goal before pulling it back across the six-yard box. He fails to find a red shirt though and the ball is hacked behind for a corner.

16
Berezutski covers at right back to head the ball behind, with Samaras chasing.

15
Malafeev is almost caught out by the bounce of a long ball hoofed upfield but he rushes backwards to snatch it.

13
Dzagoev is persistant in getting the ball forward and the ball ends up at the feet of Kerzhakov, who hits a first time shot which very almost creeps into the top right corner. Sifakis was beaten there.

12
Arshavin is caught late by Tzavelas, providing Russia with a well-positioned free-kick. They take it quickly, and Anyukov sets up Dzagoev for a shot, but he blazes over from the edge of the box.

11
Sifakis is in the right place at the right time to deny Arshavin's prod at goal from Dzagoev's dangerous cross.

10
Russia on the attack now, with a throw on the right wing.

9
Back underway, and Greece advance with Samaras on the left who is just unable to find Salpigidis with his cross.

7
The corner is cleared but a clash of heads between Gekas and Anyukov has caused a stop to the game. Anyukov looks the worse off but should be okay to continue.

6
Karagounis delivers the corner to the front post and Katsouranis flicks it back towards the back post, forcing Malafeev into an instinctive save, beating the ball away from goal. Another corner for Greece.

6
Karagounis plays the ball off Arshavin to win a corner.

5
Anyukov is forced to make a good sliding challenge to prevent Maniatis going past him on the left wing.

4
Greece work a cross into the box but Salpigidis was offside before he made his run to head the ball towards goal.

3
Samaras holds the ball up on the left wing for Greece and buys a throw in off the legs of Berezutski.

2
Russia enjoying the early possession. Arshavin fluffs his line as he attempts a shot from outside the area and Sifakis rushes out to gather the loose ball.

1
Greece get us underway.

1941
Just hearing the national anthems now before we get kicked off at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

1940
Timal writes: "Greece vs Russia. Russia is odds on fav here. So I hope they will win. Because I bet Russia. I think Russia +2 or more goals."

1920
If you fancy a bet on this one, our friends at Sky Bet have made Russia their 8/11 favourites, with Greece unfancied at 4/1 while the draw is available at 5/2. It's hard to look past the Russians for this game, and I would tip them to win 2-1, which is available at 15/2. Visit www.skybet.com to place your bets before and during tonight's game.

1915
So, Dick Advocaat decides to keep faith with Kerzhakov up front, despite no goals from the striker thus far in the competition, and plenty of other attacking options available in the wings, such as Pavlyuchenko and Pogrebnyak. Greece will seek to finally show why they are famous for their solid defence, after looking quite fragile at the back in their opening two games. Captain Karagounis will be vital for the 2004 winners if they are to contain the Russians, while Dzagoev and Arshavin are the two exciting talents for the favourites, with the former looking to add to the three goals he has already scored in the tournament so far.

1912
The referee for this evening is Jonas Eriksson of Sweden.

1910
Here are the line-ups...

1910
Greece: Sifakis, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Tzavelas, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Salpingidis, Karagounis, Samaras, Gekas. Subs: Chalkias, Malezas, Makos, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Fotakis, Ninis, Holebas, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Tzorvas.

1910
Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Glushakov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Semshov, Shunin.

1905
Nothing is certain in Group A as we head into the final round of fixtures, with any team capable of qualifying for the quarter finals. Russia are favourites to top the group though, having gained four points from the opening two games. If they win tonight, then they will do exactly that. A win for Greece would be enough to see them qualify, and could dump Russia out depending on the result between Poland and Czech Republic. Team news coming right up.

1900
Hello and welcome to coverage of Euro 2012 Group A clash between Greece and Russia. Oliver Bell here to steer you through the tonight's match. Kick off is at 1945 BST, so in the meantime send us your thoughts and predictions on the fixture ahead to ollybell_2@msn.com and I'll pass on as many as possible.

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European Championships

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Czech Rep 3 -1 6
2 Greece 3 0 4
3 Russia 3 2 4
4 Poland 3 -1 2

Updated Wed, 20 Jun 2012

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