Penalty drama as Greece oust Ivory Coast
June 26, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
FORTALEZA, Brazil -- Georgios Samaras's dramatic injury-time penalty took Greece into the World Cup last 16 for the first time Tuesday as they grabbed a 2-1 win which sent Ivory Coast crashing out.
Samaras, brought down by Giovanni Sio in the 91st minute, bravely stepped This artist rendering provided by World View Enterprises shows the World View Voyager balloon carrying a pressurized space capsule that will be transported to the edge of space. up to convert past a flailing Boubacar Barry before being mobbed by his team-mates.
It proved the last act of a thrilling Group C finale which Greece had led following Andreas Samaris's strike near half-time, before Wilfried Bony equalized.
The Swansea City striker's goal looked enough to take Ivory Coast through but Samaras's penalty lifted Greece from bottom place to second, thanks also to Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan.
Samaras's goal brought a cruel end to the tournament for Ivory Coast's Yaya and Kolo Toure, who were playing despite the death of their brother from cancer last week.
Veteran striker Didier Drogba took over captaincy duties from Yaya Toure as he made his first start of the World Cup.
And they combined for the Ivory Coast's first dangerous moment but the Manchester City man's pass into the box was too heavy for the 36-year-old Galatasary striker's ageing legs to run on to.
Greece were forced into early changes when goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis came off with a back problem and midfielder Samaris replaced Panagiotis Kone, who went down holding his hamstring.
Ivory Coast were having trouble breaking down the compact Greeks and the Euro 2004 champions fired a warning when they quickly broke forward and Jose Holebas rattled the crossbar.