Georgios Karagounis scored two free-kicks for European champions Greece to ensure Otto Rehhagel’s side overcame Portugal for the third time in as many meetings. Greece went ahead when the former Benfica player lashed home a stunning 20-metre free kick after 33 minutes. Karagounis made it 2-0 from another 20-metre free kick 26 minutes later.
Portugal, without Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Jorge Andrade, piled on the pressure and were rewarded when striker Nuno Gomes tapped in after good work by substitute Hugo Almeida in the 75th minute. In the Euro 2008 Portugal will face Switzerland, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group A, while Greece are in Group D with Spain, Russia and Sweden. Seems like Portugal will have a lot easier opponents in their efforts to qualify to the second round, but still they will have to show more than in game against Greece and I think they will be able to do so with Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, who were absent in this friendly.
Greece team are seeking for their European champions title defence and if they will continue performing and winning like in qualifications, where they finished the first in group C, they have great chances to do so.
Portugal Lineup: 1 Pereira Alexandre Martins Soares Ricardo; 5 Freitas Jose da Silva Fernando Meira; 2 Paulo Ferreira; 3 Caneira; 37 Miguel Luis Pinto Veloso; 16 Ricardo Carvalho; 27 Ricardo Andrade Bernardo Quaresma; 10 Jorge Neto Carlos Martins; 15 Kleper Laveran Lima Ferreira Pepe; 21 Miguel Soares Ribeiro Nuno Gomes; 11 Sabrosa Pedro Fonseca Simao
Portugal Substitutes: 22 Rui Patricio; 38 Miguel; 35 Miguel de Oliveira Jorge Ribeiro; 30 Eduardo Regufe Bruno Alves; 25 Jose Trindade Raul Meireles; 28 Felipe Joao Moutinho; 26 Miguel Pereira Hugo Almeida
Greece Lineup: 1 Antonis Nikopolidis; 25 Sotirios Kyrgiakos; 3 Christos Patsatzoglou; 28 Paraskevas Antzas; 15 Vassilis Torosidis; 10 Giorgos Karagounis; 6 Angelos Basinas; 21 Kostas Katsouranis; 17 Theofanis Gekas; 9 Angelos Charisteas; 20 Ioannis Amanatidis
Greece Substitutes: 12 Kostas Chalkias; 2 Giourkas Seitaridis; 5 Traianos Dellas; 18 Giannis Goumas; 24 Loukas Vyntra; 23 Nikos Spyropoulos; 8 Stelios Giannakopoulos; 30 Alexis Tziolis; 33 Nikos Liberopoulos; 22 Dimitrios Salpigidis; 4 Georgios Samaras
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