After a heavy 3-0 opening defeat to Colombia, it looked like the Greeks could already start packing their bags. But they managed to hold on to a point against Japan in their second game to revive their hopes, despite ending the game with 10 men. Greece could even have beaten the Samurai Blue with a bit of luck, while Colombia's victory over Ivory Coast left them in with a shot going into their final game.
With Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Serge Aurier in their ranks, the Africans were expected to seal the draw they needed to qualify. But Greece didn't know when they were beaten.
They matched Ivory Coast throughout the game and hit the crossbar, before Georgios Samaras pounced on a defensive error to feed Andreas Samaris to fire home. Both sides continued to trade blows and it looked like Greek hearts were to be broken when Bony equalised, with Giorgos Karagounis crashing one off the bar prior to that.
While it was a contentious call, the finish from Samaras was clinical as he drew upon his Inner Steel and slammed home the spot-kick to seal a last-gasp victory. It was only Greece's second-ever win in the World Cup out of eight games and more importantly, the first time they have made it out of the group stages. What a moment for the Europeans!
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