Greece leads Russia 1-0 at halftime in Group A

Giorgos Karagounis gave Greece a 1-0 lead over Russia at

halftime of their final Group A match at the European Championship

on Saturday.

Karagounis shot low under Russia goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev

with the last kick of the half.

Greece, needing a win to progress, started the match with a

defensive set up aimed at stifling Russia’s passing game in the

midfield, but still had the best of the early exchanges.

Dimitris Salpigidis headed over from close range and Costas

Katsouranis flicked on a corner from the right by Karagounis but

Malafeev palmed away the ball.

Russia, needing only a draw to reach the quarterfinals,

gradually took control and also came close, with Andrei Arshavin

sending a close range effort straight at goalkeeper Michalis

Sifakis. Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Yuri Zhirkov also came close with

long range shots.