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Sunday, June 17, 2012

EURO 2012 : Greece shock Russia to advance

Giorgos Karagounis scored the only goal as Greece produced a major shock to knock Russia out of Euro 2012 and seal their place in the quarter-finals.

Russia dominated the game throughout but could not find a way past the Greek defence and fell behind just before halftime when Karagounis pounced on a error in the Russian defence to scoot into the penalty area and drill a shot past Malafeev in the Russia goal.

Alan Dzagoev sent a late header wide from an Andrey Arshavin cross but Russia fell to their first defeat in 17 games - a defeat that has a high price.

Russia finished on the same points in Group A as second-placed Greece but were eliminated because of their head-to-head record.

Greece 1 (Karagounis)
Russia 0

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