International media praised the Greek national soccer team for its qualification to the next round of the World Cup in Brazil, after winning Ivory Coast 2-1 on Tuesday evening.
The French newspaper “L’Equipe” said that “The elephants fell from Olympus” while the German “Bild” described Greece’s victory as exciting. The Spanish “Marca” stated that the Greek national soccer team was “epical” while “Mundo Deportivo” said that “Greece made history in the last minutes.”
Greece played well and had many opportunities to score. In the first half of the game Jose Cholebas hit the crossbar (33’) and Giorgos Karagounis missed a free kick opportunity outside the penalty box two minutes later. Near the end of the first half Andreas Samaris scored his first goal in the World Cup.
In the second half, after the Greeks missed some good opportunities, the Ivorians managed to even the score with Wilfried Bony (74’). Greece continued its dynamic presence and played hard, with Torosidis hitting the crossbar (80’), the third time for Greece. In the last minutes of the game Giorgos Samaras was tripped over in the box and was granted a penalty kick (93’) giving the national team the victory.
Greece will face Costa Rica on Sunday at 11pm, for the knock-out round, with the winner of the game playing against Netherlands or Mexico.