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
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.