Japan held by determined Greece

Teams play out a goalless draw in the 2014 World Cup Group C despite resilient Greece being down to 10 men.

    Japan's attempts on goal were bravely broken by the resilient Greek defenders [GALLO/GETTY]
    Japan's attempts on goal were bravely broken by the resilient Greek defenders [GALLO/GETTY]

    Ten-man Greece held Japan to a goalless draw in a largely forgettable World Cup Group C clash that kept both sides in with a chance of making the knockout phase

    It was a first point for both teams but neither showed anything to suggest they might have enough quality to progress from a group currently led by Colombia, who have won both their matches. Ivory Coast sit second with three points.

    The Greeks had midfielder and captain Kostas Katsouranis sent off after 38 minutes for a second yellow, leaving his team mates facing a tough second 45 minutes.

    They defended determinedly though as the Japanese, who moved the ball well enough, lacked any killer punch despite dominating possession. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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