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Greece plays out another goalless draw, with Nigeria

Greece and Nigeria battled to a scoreless draw late on Tuesday at Philadelphia in the US, in an international friendly match that served as a World Cup warm-up for both teams.

Greece had its fair share of chances, but couldn’t get past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who made a superb double save on Giorgos Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis in the 8th minute.

Greece had the majority of the opportunities in the first half as well, with Lazaros Christodoulopoulos firing a 30-yard rocket that just went high in the 21st minute.

Yiannis Fetfatzidis was turned away in the 28th minute by Enyeama.

Early in the second half, Nigeria picked up its attack on the strength of Chelsea attacker Victor Moses, but his runs from the left wing came to nothing.

In the 90th minute, Moses belted a shot from just outside the box that went wide.

Greece will play Bolivia in Harrison, New Jersey, on Friday before heading for its base camp in Brazil at Aracaju.

Greece has never qualified for the knockout stages in its previous appearances at the finals but will fancy its chances as it has been drawn in Group C with Colombia, who will be without talismanic striker Radamel Falcao, Japan and the talented but ageing Ivory Coast.

Greece opens its campaign against Colombia on June 14 in Belo Horizonte.

[AFP]