Greece barely edged Nigeria, 2-1, in what’s considered one of the most exciting matches of the 19th FIFA World Cup so far.
It initially appeared as if Nigeria was ready to earn its first ever World Cup victory in seven game appearances as they struck the first goal of Thursday’s Group B match. Nigerian midfielder Kalu Uche booted in a free-kick from the left corner of the penalty area that skipped past Greece’s defense into the net at the 16th minute.
But Greece would even the score before halftime with a goal by Dimitrios Salpingidis that deflected off Nigerian Lukman Haruna to make it 1-1.
By then, Nigeria had already lost one of its best players, Sani Kaita, to a red call violation and was at a disadvantage. They managed to keep the score tied during the opening minutes of the second half, but Greece eventually sealed the win during the 71st minute as Alexandros Tziolis barely missed a powerful shot, only for his teammate, Vasileios Torosidis, kicked in the rebound to make it 2-1.
Greece now moves into third place of Group B behind second place Korea Republic and first place Argentina.