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Tuesday, 22nd June 2010
Argentina Breakthrough

Group B Match

Greece vs Argentina
in Polokwane

Argentina just needed a point against Greece to top the group. Greece would have finished second; if Nigeria were to beat South Korea.

While some referees are yet to start a game at the 2010 World Cup Finals, Ravshan Irmatov, from Uzbekistan, gets to blow the whistle for his third.

Argentina just played the ball around for the opening five minutes. Greece then a had s light run with possession but the ball was soon back with Argentina.

Juan Veron fired a shot striaght through the middle in the 19th minute, as Argentina moved a little further up the pitch.

Greece were let off the hook half an hour into the game; after Argentina found their way around the back and Milito's cross was tipped into the path of Sergio Aguero by Alexandros Tzorvas. Aguero's shot was then blocked for a corner.

Argentina's goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, finally felt the ball just before half-time; as he fisted away a Karagounis free-kick from the right-wing.

Maxi Rodriguez and Lionel Messi then tok it in turns to make Alexandros Tzorvas work.

The first-half probably belonged to Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who did just about everything possible to keep Messi quiet.

Half-time: 0:0

Otto Rehhagel made an early defensive substitution to maybe try and hold on to the one point and hope that Nigeria could get ahead again in the other game.

Georgios Samaras, all alone up front for Greece, tried to get the better of three Argentina defenders and pull out a shot, across the face of the goal.

Greece might have anaesthetised everyone to win Euro 2004 but it's not working on the world stage; their total lack of ambition here - except for trying to stop Argentina playing - has stalled the festival of football that fans of the beautiful game were hoping for.

Argentina finally broke the deadlock when Martin Demichelis followed up on a corner, after the first attempt hit Milito.

Lionel Messi turned on a little magic, four minutes from time, striding past two players and firing a shot against the post. The look of disbelief on his face said it all.

Nobody on the field could have been happier than Diego Maradona; when Martin Palermo was on hand to side-foot home Argentina's secod goal, after Tzorvas could do little more than parry a Messi shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Final Score:
Greece 0 Argentina 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Martin Demichelis (77 mins)
0:2 Martin Palermo (89 mins)

Man of The Match:
Sokratis Papastathopoulos - It's hard to say it but the man with the name that's hard to say didn't let Lionel Messi say much.

Teams

Travel to Greece Greece:
12 Alexandros Tzorvas; 15 Vasilis Torosidis, 16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, 8 Avraam Papadopoulos, 5 Vangelis Moras, 11 Loukas Vyntra; 21 Kostas Katsouranis, 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 6 Alexandros Tziolis; 7 Georgios Samaras, 10 Giorgos Karagounis.

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
22 Sergio Romero; 3 Clemente Rodríguez, 2 Martin Demichelis, 4 Nicolas Burdisso, 15 Nicolas Otamendi; 5 Mario Bolatti, 8 Juan Sebastian Veron, 20 Maxi Rodriguez; 19 Diego Milito, 16 Sergio Aguero, 10 Lionel Messi.

Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Greece) - 4 Nikos Spiropoulos on for 10 Giorgos Karagounis
55 Mins (Greece) - 18 Sotiris Ninis on for 21 Kostas Katsouranis
55 Mins (Greece) - 3 Christos Patsatzoglou on for 15 Vasilis Torosidis
63 Mins (Argentina) - 7 Angel Di Maria on for 20 Maxi Rodriguez
76 Mins (Argentina) - 23 Javier Pastore on for 16 Sergio Aguero
80 Mins (Argentina) - 18 Martin Palermo on for 19 Diego Milito

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
30 Mins - Kostas Katsouranis (Greece)
76 Mins - Mario Bolatti (Argentina)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Nigeria vs South Korea.

Previous Encounters:
Argentina slipped past Greece (4:0) when the two teams met in a Boston group match during USA 1994.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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