1st Half Analysis
Dimitris Salpigidis made history in the 44’ by scoring the first goal for his country. He must be ecstatic. If fact, Greece must be thrilled to see that they do stand to gain a point (or 3) from this game. Nigeria were a goal up and were having a good game until Kaita was shown the red card. That was plain stupidity on his part. Torosidis sort of clashed into Kaita and then it goes beyond my understanding as to why Kaita tried to kick him. Now, with Nigeria down to 10 men and the scores leveled it’s going to be an interesting game (at least we hope so).
2nd Half Analysis
Can you believe it? For the very first time the Greeks not only scored but they have won a game. No doubt that Nigeria, their opponents were down to 10 men but then Greece always looked to be the weaker team. Once more Enyeama did a very good joy, but sadly it wasn’t enough. Honestly, I feel Kaita’s indiscipline and stupidity cost the Nigerians 3 points and maybe a spot in the next round.
The Man of the Match went to Enyeama.
FYI: Otto Rehhagel, the man who manages the Greek national team is the oldest manager in World Cup history. He is around 70 years old.
GOL!!!!!! 16′ Uche (NGA)
GOL!!!!!! 44′ Salpingidis (GRE)
GOL!!!!!!!! 71′ Torosidis (GRE)
15′ Sokratis (GRE)
59′ Tziolis (GRE)
88′ Samaras (GRE)
89′ Obasi (NGA)
33′ Kaita (NGA) – tried to kick Torosidis
37′ Samaras (in) Sokratis(out) [GRE]
46′ Obasi (in) Odemwingie (out) [NGA]
53′ Echiejile(in) Taiwo (out) [NGA] (injury)
77′ Afolabi(out) Echiejile (out) [NGA] (injury)
79′ Ninis (in) Gekas (out) [GRE]
Greece: Tzorvas, Tziolis, Papadopoulos, Karagounis (C), Vyntra, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Kyrgiakos, Gekas, Sokratis, Katsouranis.
Subs: Chalkias, Seitaridis, Patsa, Spyropoulos, Sifakis, Moras, Samaras, Ninis, , Kapetanos, Malezas, Prittas, Charisteas
Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo (C), Taiwo, Shittu, Yakubu, Odemwingie, Uche, Kaita, Haruna, Odiah, Etuhu.
Subs: Kanu, Afolabi, Utaka, Martins, Ideye, Obinna, Ayila, Ejide, Echiejile, Adeleye, Aiyenugba,Obinna, Obasi.
Ref: Oscar Ruiz (COL)
Stadium: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein