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    Japan - Greece 0:0

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    19 June 2014 Natal /Estadio das Dunas 19:00 39485
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    HANSEN Jim Stjerne (DEN)
    Fifth Official
    RANGE Marwa (KEN)
    Referee
    AGUILAR Joel (SLV)
    Assistant Referee 1
    TORRES William (SLV)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ZUMBA Juan (SLV)
    Fourth Official
    HAUATA Norbert (TAH)


    Japan

    Greece
    1
    KAWASHIMA (GK)
    1
    KARNEZIS (GK)
    2
    UCHIDA
    2
    MANIATIS
    4
    HONDA
    4
    MANOLAS
    5
    NAGATOMO
    7
    SAMARAS
    9
    OKAZAKI
    8
    KONE (-81')
    13
    OKUBO
    9
    MITROGLOU (-35')
    15
    KONNO
    15
    TOROSIDIS
    16
    YAMAGUCHI
    18
    FETFATZIDIS (-41')
    17
    HASEBE (C) (-46' HT)
    19
    SOKRATIS
    18
    OSAKO (-57')
    20
    CHOLEVAS
    22
    YOSHIDA
    21
    KATSOURANIS (C)
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    NISHIKAWA (GK)
    12
    GLYKOS (GK)
    23
    GONDA (GK)
    13
    KAPINO (GK)
    3
    G. SAKAI
    3
    TZAVELLAS
    6
    MORISHIGE
    5
    MORAS
    7
    ENDO (+46' HT)
    6
    TZIOLIS
    8
    KIYOTAKE
    10
    KARAGOUNIS (+41')
    10
    KAGAWA (+57')
    11
    VYNTRA
    11
    KAKITANI
    14
    SALPINGIDIS (+81')
    14
    AOYAMA
    16
    LAZAROS
    19
    INOHA
    17
    GEKAS (+35')
    20
    SAITO
    22
    SAMARIS
    21
    H. SAKAI
    23
    TACHTSIDIS
    Coach Coach
    ZACCHERONI Alberto (ITA) SANTOS Fernando (POR)

    Cautions

    Makoto HASEBE (JPN) 12' , Konstantinos KATSOURANIS (GRE) 27' , Konstantinos KATSOURANIS (GRE) 38' , Georgios SAMARAS (GRE) 55' , Vasileios TOROSIDIS (GRE) 89'

    Sent off

    Konstantinos KATSOURANIS (GRE) 38'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Honours even for Japan and Greece

    Japan and ten-man Greece have each earned their first point at Brazil 2014 in a 0-0 draw at Natal's Estadio das Dunas. The stalemate does little for either team, leaving them joint-bottom of Group C, a section led by Colombia on six points, with Côte d'Ivoire following on three. With so much at stake, it was perhaps understandable that the early stages were tense and forgettable, with little quality on show from either side. The best of the moves that were created tended to come from Japan, with Yuya Osaka curling in a left-foot shot that forced Orestis Karnezis into an early save and then going for goal with his other foot, missing the far post by a matter of inches.

    With 29 minutes played, a free-kick 25 yards goal offered Keisuke Honda to try his luck, but though the AC Milan star's left-foot shot cleared the wall, Karnezis was able to parry away and then scramble clear as Japan's strikers looked to pounce. Greece had struggled to get going at this stage, and a tough task became all the more difficult nine minutes later when captain Konstantinos Katsouranis earned a second yellow card for a late, lunging tackle on fellow skipper Makoto Hasebe. Remarkably, though, the dismissal seemed to spark something in the Europeans, who performed better with ten men than they had with 11. The first sign that they were set to rally in the face of adversity came just a few minutes after Katsouranis's departure, when Vasileios Torosidis smashed a right-foot shot in from the edge of the box that forced a fantastic save from Eiji Kawashima.

    The Greeks were playing with a new-found freedom, and their ambition was underlined at the start of the second half when Georgios Samaras attempted an audacious shot from the kick-off, sending the ball sailing over Kawashima but wide of the right-hand post. Fernando Santos's side continued to threaten, though, and on the hour-mark substitute Theofanis Gekas rose highest at a corner only to see his header pushed behind by the Japan keeper. The Samurai Blue had yet to wake up in the second half, but they finally came to life after 68 minutes when Atsuto Uchida set up Yoshito Okubo for a seemingly certain goal, only for Japan's No13 to lean back and fire wildly over. Then Uchida himself snatched on hesitancy in the Greek defence only to see his rushed effort finish wide of the right-hand post. But while Japan finished the stronger of the two teams, they could not find a way through and must now beat the table-topping Colombians if they are to have any chance of reaching the Round of 16.

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    Japan-Greece: Quotes

    Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
    We needed to win this game at all costs and that was what we trained for all week. We ended up with the players switching their individual positions a lot. By doing that, we hoped to get an edge both in defence and attack once the Greeks went a man down. In addition, we tried to attack a lot down the flanks. In the end we were partly able to manage this, but we needed to be more decisive in front of goal. In the second half we had maybe 70 per cent or more of the ball and we also created chances. But unfortunately we weren't able to put the finishing touch to our moves. We need to keep playing well and win our next game.

    Fernando Santos, Greece coach
    We struggled to even get close to the Japanese box, particularly in the first half. That's why I feel we played really well in the second 45 minutes. We thought Japan might change their style and play more long balls, rather than always playing short passes. We now need to win our next game because Côte d’Ivoire have three points and we've just one. We need to find a way to put the Ivorians under pressure. I hope that everything turns out like EURO 2004, when Greece also needed to win their last [group] game and ended up going through.

    Keisuke Honda, Japan midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
    Even though Colombia have already qualified, for us the game will be like a final and we'll be playing for our lives. I think that today we made plenty of chances, enough to have scored a goal and taken all three points, which would have left us in a better situation. But unfortunately we fell a touch short with our finishing. We now need to iron out those flaws in our next game and pick up what would be a very important win.

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