World Cup 2014 – Group C Match Report: Greece 0 – Japan 0

22 Jun

This picture of Japanese fans pretty much sums up this match.

Lineups:

Japan
Kawashima, Konno, Uchida, Yoshida Nagatomo, Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Osako, Honda, Okubo, Okazaki

Greece
Karnezis, Holebas, Sokratis, Manolas, Torosidis, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Kone, Samaras, Mitroglou, Fetfatzidis

Neither Greece nor Japan is having a particularly good World Cup. That fact that the only point each team has earned is from a 0-0 draw is a testament to that. Prior to this match, there was a fight during Greece’s training between Maniatis and Tzavallas where their teammates had to separate them. Maniatis, was so angry he booked a flight home. He eventually calmed down, agreed to stay and was part of the starting lineup.

I wasn’t actually able to watch the match, but can give a run down of what happened.

Not a whole lot.

Unless you count cards. There were a lot of cards. 5 to be exact. Two were earned by Katsouranis, who exited the match in the 37th minute.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/konstantinos-katsouranis-of-greece-is-shown-a-red-card-news-photo/450929880
In good news, the Greek defense proved as formidable as it was during qualifying, even when down to ten men. The bad news is that Japan couldn’t score while Greece was down to ten men. Japan made many attempts, but wasn’t able to get through. There’s really not much else to say about this match.

In other Greek news: it was known coming into the World Cup that manager Fernando Santos would leave after the World Cup. Rumor has it that Claudio Ranieri has agreed to a two year deal. Hopefully, he can turn the team around.

In researching this piece, I did learn that in order to console one another, Japanese players take nude communal baths. They also sometimes hold team meetings that way. Who knew? I wouldn’t mind sitting in with these guys:

Next matches:
Greece v. Ivory Coast, Thursday, June 24th, 4 pm EDT
Japan v. Colombia, Thursday, June 24th , 4pm EDT

And once again, I leave you with a picture of dedicated fan.

 

-Dr. P

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