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During the second half of this game, Greece looked a different side. Perhaps buoyed by the first-half ending with substitute Andreas Samaris' 42nd-minute goal, Greece attacked with renewed purpose. They did so both before and after Wilfried Bony's 74th-minute equaliser. Even at 1-0, Greece did not look content to sit on their lead.
They countered with more pace and managed more shots than in either of their opening two games—13 compared with nine against Japan and 11 against Colombia. Notably, they attempted nine shots in the second half, their previous high for a half having been the six shots attempted in the first half against Colombia.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos' inclusion in the starting line-up added verve and dynamism to Greece's counter-attacking. Samaris' arrival as a substitute in place of the injured Panagiotis Kone was, of course, significant in that he scored, but Greece looked better with him in the side even before his goal.
The increase in the pace of their counter-attacks was crucial to the threat they posed.