It was Greece’s day as they won their first ever World Cup game. Greece has never scored in any of their World Cup appearances. Today history was made at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein.
The game was between Greece and Super Eagles:Nigeria. With 31 thousand crowd Greece have delayed their plane trip home
as they were able to capitalise on Nigeria 10 men squad. Nigeria’s Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute for raise his foot and making contact with Greece on the touchline when the ball was already out of play. The Columbian referee consulted with the left linesman and consequently pulled out his Red Card.
This sending off was sure to cost Nigeria the game as Greece stepped up their game to put more men forward in the opponents box.
Before the first Greece goal however, Nigeria’s Kala Uche won a free kick goal in the first 15 minutes to score in 35 yards. The free kick went straight through the players and into the back of the net.
Nigeria taking an early lead then went onto a sliding slope as the game developed. Dimitrios Salpingidis scored the equaliser to give Greece hope of remaining in the tournament. History in the making. One would say. Greece’s Vassilis
Torosidis sealing the deal with his 71st minute goal to put them ahead of Nigeria. Greece celebrations are indeed in.
Lack of discipline cost Nigeria the game while Greece unexpectedly victorious with a final score of 2-1 in this group. This means that Argentina do not automatically go through to the next round but is a slight delay since they are of higher quality of the four. Next game for Greece is Argentina while Nigeria play South Korea. An all, Greece certainly has something to celebrate for the duration of the World Cup 2010 tournament.
Vist World Cup Soccer for more information on the 2010 tournament.