Saturday November 29, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
16o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece gets goalless draw at below-par Portugal

 Concern over injury to Sokratis Papastathopoulos

By George Georgakopoulos

Greece managed a goalless draw in Portugal in its first World Cup warm-up game on Saturday, although its performance at the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon left much to be desired both in defense and in attack.

The Greeks were spared defeat to a superior Portugal thanks to a good showing by keeper Orestis Karnezis and a below-par performance by the host, who was missing injured Cristiano Ronaldo.

In its return to Lisbon 10 years after winning the Euro 2004 trophy there, the Greek national team was 80-percent defense-minded, but showed serious problems of coordination in its back line, while being unable to produce anything of note in attack for most of the game, two weeks before Greece’s first match against Colombia in Brazil.

Coach Fernando Santos fielded Karnezis in goal, Vassilis Torosidis, Jose Holebas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Costas Manolas in defense, Alexandros Tziolis, Costas Katsouranis and Yiannis Maniatis in midfield, Giorgos Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis at the flanks and Costas Mitroglou alone up front.

Karnezis had to intervene three times in the first 10 minutes to prevent an early goal for Portugal, as the Greek defense was time and again caught in possession.

As the first half went on, the Portuguese tide subsided, and Greece’s first shot came on the 38th minute, but Torosidis’s effort flew over the bar.

A minute later Sokratis Papastathopoulos appeared to have pulled a muscle, and he was substituted by Vangelis Moras.

The second half started with Giorgos Karagounis coming on for Tziolis, helping Greece enjoy more possession in midfield and produce the odd long ball to the forwards. Still, the service to a less agile Mitroglou was insufficient.

In the last 30 minutes of the game Greece not only managed to gain a decent share of ball possession but also asked a few questions at the Portuguese defense, leaving a rather satisfactory impression to Greek fans at the end.

Fanis Gekas and Yiannis Fetfatzidis came on just after the hour mark to replace a disappointing Mitroglou and an ever-moving Salpingidis. Manolas also picked up a knock in the second half and Loukas Vyntra substituted him for the last 20 minutes.

Greece’s best moment came on the 78th minute, when Gekas narrowly missed a cross from the right that Portugal’s substitute keeper Beto somehow managed to stop. Six minutes later it was Fetfatzidis who pulled a save from Beto.

The final substitution was the introduction of Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for Samaras, who just like Salpingidis was more noticeable for his defending than his creativity.

Greece will fly to the United States and face Nigeria on Tuesday and Bolivia on Friday, before making the trip to Brazil.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday June 1, 2014 (12:35)  
One more emphatic win sees Panathinaikos make top 16
PAOK is one win from Europa League´s last 32
First defeat for Olympiakos in Euroleague
Atletico drubs Olympiakos 4-0, leaving Reds with slim chances of CL qualification
Venizelos extends invite to Turkey at start of visit
Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos arrived in Ankara Friday night for two days of talks. Ahead of his visit he sought to make it clear that Greece is prepared to discuss maritime issues wi...
Vatopedi trial for 14 suspects
The Supreme Court decided Friday that 14 people should stand trial for the notorious property swap between the Vatopedi Monastery and the state six years ago. Those who will face charges of ...
Inside News
Q3 growth was bigger than thought
The provisional seasonally adjusted statistics for the Greek economy in the third quarter put annual growth at 1.6 percent, against an original estimate for 1.4 percent, according to a state...
Who will pay for the state’s ADMIE stake?
The state is currently unable to pay the amount required for the acquisition of a 34 percent stake in the country’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE), as provided for in a plan...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Change of US president won´t mean change of foreign policy
Americans have again voted for change in Washington as opposition Republicans take control of both houses of the US Congress. As attention now turns to the 2016 presidential race, it's time ...
COMMENTARY
The presidential election paradox
A few days ago, speaking with a visiting colleague who neither works in Europe nor covers events here, I suddenly felt how much we Greeks take for granted some things that should have worrie...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. One more emphatic win sees Panathinaikos make top 16
2. Venizelos extends invite to Turkey at start of visit
3. Vatopedi trial for 14 suspects
4. New proposals on way to troika
5. Cabbie who carried shooter claims he was threatened
6. Gov´t urged to allow Syrian refugees to move on
more news
Today
This Week
1. Change of US president won't mean change of foreign policy
2. Child molester suspect photo released by police
3. Greek economy expands 0.7 pct q/q in Q3
4. Lebanese FM: Cyprus may be jihadi transit point
5. Athens water supply 9-month profit falls 45 pct on lower charges
6. Armed man arrested on Thessaloniki campus
Today
This Week
1. Give Greece a chance
2. Extremism from a bygone era
3. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
4. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
5. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
6. Cosco’s Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.