On day two of the 2010 World Cup, South Korea defeated Greece 2-0. The Greek team played a horrible game and it seemed like their days in this tournament were numbered. Today, Greece took on Nigeria and the match started off pretty much the same way. The Greek team seemed to be lacking motivation to attack and put pressure on Nigeria.
In the 30th minute, Nigerian forward Sani Kaita received a straight red card and suddenly the momentum began to change.
Next, Georgis Samaras entered the game, adding more options for Greece on the attack. Finally, in the 44th minute, Dimitrios Salpingidis scored the first ever goal for Greece in the World Cup.
The inspired effort continued for Greece who scored the go ahead goal in the second half and eventually went on to win 2-1. The victory was just the first ever for Greece in the World Cup but they have only appeared in the tournament once before. In 1994, Greece qualified for its first World Cup but failed to make it passed group play. Coincidentally, both Nigeria and Argentina were in the same group as Greece in ’94. Argentina crushed Greece 4-0 with a goal coming from Diego Maradona and Nigeria beat Greece 2-0.
But is it too late for this team this year?
In its final game of group play, Greece takes on a very strong Argentina team. Under the guidance of Coach Maradona, Argentina has won each of its two games.
Greece played a good game today and made history in its victory. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough to earn a spot in the next round and Argentina will be the team to send them out the door.
Day 7 Results
Mexico 2-0 France
Argentina 4-1 South Korea
Greece 2-1 Nigeria