Grizzly Posted July 2, 2004 Share Posted July 2, 2004 1-0 Greece. Greece scored goal (Dellas) just before the end of the first overtime period. Silver goal rule was in effect so game ended about 30 seconds later, a very sudden end to a game where noone seemed able to score. I thought this along with yesterday's final was one of the few really good games of the tournament so far. I was a bit of a Czech sceptic before the tournament but except for a poor half against Denmark were strong throughout the tournament before today. They had convinced me so much that I thought they would dominate the Greeks which indeed happened for the first five minutes. The Greeks survived the storm and managed to turn the game into the style they wanted afterwards. The Greeks were positionally excellent, very strong defensively and through their counters were able to almost match the number of chances that the Czechs had. The amount of good Greek chances seemed to unsettle the Czechs who didn't play with their usual offensive flair. The loss of Nedved in the 40th minute obviously hurt them but a team should not be dependent on one player. The Czechs were technically superior which allowed them some quick attacks but there were also long periods where they were outplayed. Why did Bruckner only make one substitution in the 40th minute (forced by the Nedved injury) in a game going into extra time? Not surprisingly they seemed tired and were outplayed the whole OT period. I think Rehhagel outcoached Bruckner. Koller is usually a much better finisher than he was today and if he is not finishing he is useless because his only other soccer skill is diving. After today the Czechs turned me into a sceptic once again because with their skill they should have won the game and a truly good team wins such games and are able to move things up a gear like against Denmark. The Greeks are however a superior team to Denmark and played an excellent tactical game and are not without skilled players themselves. Should set up a great final after what happened in the opening game. Can the Greeks knock off Portugal twice in one tournament? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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