Russia v Greece, 20 June 2004

Score2-1 to Russia
RefereeGillies Veissiere
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueEstádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé
Attendance24,347
Kick-off: 7:45pm local Assistant referees: Frédéric Arnault (France) Serge Vallin (France) Fourth official: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium) Man of the Match: Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia) Greece nervously edged into the quarter-finals despite losing their last Group A game 2-1 to Russia. Zisis Vryzas' goal two minutes before half-time ensured that Otto Rehhagel's side qualified along with Portugal, by virtue of having scored more goals than Spain. Having started the day top of the group, Greece's hopes of reaching the last eight were rocked as Russia raced into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes. Dmitri Kirichenko opened the scoring inside two minutes, the quickest goal in a UEFA European Championship finals match, then Dmitri Bulykin took advantage of some anxious Greece defending to head in a second. Yet Vryzas' well-taken strike ultimately saw Greece through to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history. Rehhagel opted for an attacking formation, despite his side needing just a point to be sure of a place in the last eight. Panathinaikos FC striker Dimitris Papadopoulos was handed his tournament debut in a three-pronged attack alongside Vryzas and Angelos Charisteas, while Angelos Basinas bolstered a midfield that had lost Stelios Giannakopoulos to injury and Georgios Karagounis to suspension. Russia, already eliminated after two defeats, made seven changes to the side that lost to Portugal last time out. Vladislav Radimov played the anchor role in a new-look midfield that had Rolan Gusev on the right, Andrei Karyaka on the left and Dmitri Alenichev in the hole behind Bulykin and Kirichenko. It was Kirichenko's first taste of action in Portugal and the PFC CSKA Moskva striker wasted no time making his mark, scoring Russia's first goal of the campaign. Greece lost concentration at the back as Kostas Katsouranis missed his attempted clearance, allowing Kirichenko to race clear and steer a right-foot shot past Antonios Nikopolidis. Greece were soon pressing for an equaliser, but their nerves were all too apparent against a Russia side playing without pressure. Alenichev and Gusev looked dangerous every time they broke and Russia soon doubled their lead. Gusev's right-wing corner picked out Bulykin unmarked at the near post and his stooping header flew into the roof of the net. Kariaka blazed over the crossbar from close range in the 25th minute, before Charisteas squandered a glorious chance to get Greece back in the game. Stelios Venetidis crossed low from the left, but the SV Werder Bremen forward scooped his shot over from six metres out. The opportunity gave Greece hope, however, and before the interval they struck. Papadopoulos headed a cross from the right into the path of Vryzas, whose clever chest control took him past Roman Sharonov before chipping the ball clinically over goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev and into the net. Russia coach Georgy Yartsev made a double change at the break, with goalscorer Bulykin making way for Dmitri Sychev and Igor Semshov replacing Karyaka, but Greece were soon on the offensive. Vasilis Tsiartas, who had come on for Basinas just seconds before Greece scored, tested Malafeev with a low 20-metre drive on 50 minutes, then saw his corner headed over by Charisteas. News that Portugal had taken the lead against Spain was greeted by cheers from the sprinkling of Portuguese fans in the stadium, but seemed to inject more nerves into the Greece team. Russia looked to take advantage and Kirichenko struck an acrobatic volley over the crossbar before Sychev stung the hands of Nikopolidis with a raking drive as Greece held on.

2  Russia

Manager: Georgiy Yartsev

1  Greece

Manager: Otto Rehhagel

Goals:

Dmitri Kirichenko 2 G
Dmitry Bulykin 17 G

Goals:

Zisis Vryzas 43 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev
Defender Alexey Bugayev
Defender Vadim Evseev
Defender Roman Sharonov
Midfielder Dmitri Alenichev (captain)
Midfielder Rolan Gusev
Midfielder Andrey Karyaka
Midfielder Vladislav Radimov
Forward Dmitry Bulykin

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis
Defender Trianos Dellas
Defender Mihalis Kapsis
Defender/Midfielder Angelos Basinas
Midfielder Theo Zagorakis (captain)
Forward Zisis Vryzas

Substitutions:

Dmitry Sychev for Dmitry Bulykin 46
Dmitri Sennikov for Roman Sharonov 56

Substitutions:

Vassilios Tsiartas for Angelos Basinas 42
Demis Nikolaidis for Dimitrios Papadopoulos 69
Panagiotis Fyssas for Stelios Venetidis 89

Cards:

Roman Sharonov 15 Y
Alexander Anyukov 28 Y
Andrey Karyaka 39 Y
Dmitri Alenichev 65 Y
Vladislav Radimov 71 Y
Viacheslav Malafeev 88 Y

Cards:

Giorgos Seitaridis 45 Y
Trianos Dellas 86 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
Defender Dmitri Sennikov
Midfielder Evgeny Aldonin
Midfielder Vladimir Bystrov
Midfielder Marat Izmailov
Midfielder Dmitri Loskov
Forward Dmitry Sychev

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias
Defender/Centre back Nikos Dabizas
Midfielder Panagiotis Fyssas
Midfielder Georgios Georgiadis
Midfielder Ioannis Goumas
Midfielder Pantelis Kafes
Midfielder Vassilis Lakis
Midfielder Vassilios Tsiartas