International Football

EURO 2012 Qualification: Greece Grind Out Draw in Croatia

Nikica Jelavic vs Greek defenders
Nikica Jelavic vs Greek defendersMichael Steele/Getty Images
Ivan SoldoCorrespondent IISeptember 9, 2010

Two strongest teams in group F, Croatia and Greece showed us terrible defensive football.

 

LINEUPS

 

CROATIA

Runje - Strinic - Simunic - Corluka - Srna - Kranjcar - Vukojevic - Modric - Pranjic - Olic - Petric

Substitutes: 46min Jelavic for Petric

                       57 min Rakitic for Vukojevic

                       73 min Eduardo for Olic

 

GREECE

Sifakis - Vitra - Papadopoulos - Papastathopoulos - Tzavelas - Torosidis - Tziolis - Karagounis - Katsouranis - Samaras - Salpingidis

Substitutes: 59 min Gekas for Salpingidis

                      70 min Ninis for Karagounis

                      90 min Seitaridis for Torosidis

 

 

Greece is definitely happy with the draw because Croatians deserve to win this match. Greece mainly tried to score the goal through the counter attacks.

Croatia tried to score through Modric and Kranjcar who had few nice shoots on the goal but Sifakis stooped them all easily. The best chance for Croatia came in the last minute of the match when Eduardo failed to score an amazing opportunity.

Greece played very well tactically and that brought them a golden point from Zagreb.

Atmosphere in Maksimir was amazing! 33,000 people expected great night full of football. But they surely went hope dissapointed. They didn't deserve to watch miserable 0-0 draw.

After every team played two matches in group F, things look very even for now.

1. Croatia 4

2. Israel 4

3. Latvia 3

4. Georgia 2

5. Greece 2

6. Malta 0

 

Interesting, Israel failed to beat Georgia on their field while Latvia easily beat Malta, 0-2.

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