Greece Gets First World Cup Victory in 2-1 Defeat of Nigeria

June 18th, 2010

By Gianni Truvianni

It was a slow start for the Greeks which saw them trailing just 15 minutes in to the game when Kalu Uche’s free kick made its way in to the back of the net; after having gone past several on coming players to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead. It even seeming that Nigeria would go on to defeat Greece with the same ease they had done in USA 94 yet the Greek team thanks to determined play and their veteran captain, Karagunis managed to not loose control of the game.

Fortune however would favor the Greeks when Nigerian midfielder, Sani Kaita was shown the red card for an incident which does not really show him doing much that would merit such a reaction but raise his knee to an opposing player; it not even being clear weather or not he even made contact. Nigeria however would be reduced to playing with ten men which more than anything seemed to inspire the Greeks to go forward which they did and it was with two minutes left in the half that Dimitrios Salpigidis’s right footed shot bounced off a Nigerian player and in to the back of the net. This not only being the equalizing goal but Greece’s first ever goal in a world cup match.

The second half would see Greece continue to dominate and it was at the 70 minute mark of the game that Vassilis Torosidis would pounce on a shot which Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama in all truth should have handled without too much difficulty. Greece at that point was ahead in the scoreboard and thus they would stay till the end of the match; to get their first ever win in a world cup. All in a match which was for the most part one of excitement and opportunities on both sides yet Greece would prevail.

Greece however is far from qualified as in order to do so they would need a Nigerian win against South Korea and to get at least a draw against Argentina. This due to not only South Korea having scored more goals but having beaten them in head to head competition. All of which making an interesting scenario for the group’s last two matches. As in theory Nigeria is not yet out and Argentina could still be eliminated even though this option is highly unlikely as they would have to lose by at least 4 goals to Greece. Nigeria however with a win over South Korea and an Argentine win over Greece could still end up in the second round.

My name is Gianni Truvianni, I am an author who writes with the simple aim of sharing his ideas, thoughts and so much more of what I am with those who are interested in perhaps reading something new. I also am the author of the book entitled New York’s Opera Society which is now available on Amazon.

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