Last minute Samaras penalty send Greece through in dramatic circumstances.

Date: June 24, 2014

Result: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Scorers:

Greece:

  • Andreas Samaris 42
  • Giorgos Samaras 90+3 pen

Ivory Coast:

  • Wilfried Bony 74

Venue: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Attendance: 59,095

Match overview: Greece have failed to score in seven of their eight World Cup games while their clean sheet last time out against Japan was their first ever at a World Cup. The Ivorians have scored in seven of their eight World Cup games.

Key moment: The decision to award Greece a last minute penalty. Greece looked to be heading for their traditional exit at the group stages until Giorgos Samaras was brought down in the penalty area.

Man of the match: Giorgos Samaras. Even before his last gasp equaliser, Samaras was the outstanding player on the pitch. He set up the opening goal and was at the heart of all Greece’s better moments.

Matter of fact: Samaras’ last minute penalty ended a personal goal drought that had lasted 1478 minutes.

Talking point: Another African team goes home early. The pain for the Ivory Coast should be acute as, with the players at their disposal, they really should have been able to navigate their way through on of the easier groups at Brazil 2014.

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Greece 13
  • Ivory Coast 13

On target

  • Greece 5
  • Ivory Coast 9

Corners

  • Greece 4
  • Ivory Coast 7

Line-ups:

Greece:

  • 01 Karnezis (Glykos – 24′ )
  • 15 Torosidis
  • 20 Holebas
  • 10 Karagounis (Gekas – 78′ )
  • 04 Manolas
  • 19 Papastathopoulos
  • 14 Salpingidis
  • 02 Maniatis
  • 07 Samaras
  • 08 Kone (Samaris – 12′ )
  • 16 Christodoulopoulos

Ivory Coast:

 

  • 01 Barry
  • 17 Aurier
  • 03 Boka
  • 20 Gonzaroua Die Booked
  • 04 K Touré
  • 22 Bamba
  • 08 Kalou Booked
  • 09 Tioté (Bony – 61′ )
  • 11 Drogba Booked (Diomande – 78′ )
  • 19 Y Touré
  • 10 Gervinho (Sio – 83′ )

Scorers:

 

Greece:

  • Andreas Samaris 42
  • Giorgos Samaras 90+3 pen

Ivory Coast:

  • Wilfried Bony 74

Yellow cards:

Ivory Coast:

  • Drogba 37, Kalou 62, Serey 70

Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)