Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Greece 0 v 2 Argentina
My heart sank when I saw Greece's line-up and realised Rehhagel had chosen only one attacking player – Samaras – which seemed to indicate that the German was more interested in stopping Argentina going forward than exploiting their weak defence. However, the tactic nearly paid off, with the boys (particularly Papastathopoulos) putting up an outstanding 2004-esque defensive display, but it wasn't enough. We were unlucky with the enforced substitutions – which not only meant we lost two of our better players, Torosidis and Katsouranis, but also that Rehhagel couldn't bring on more attacking options after the Argentineans went ahead. Ninis looked out of his depth. Ultimately, however, our downfall wasn't in this match against Argentina, but in the game with South Korea, where Rehhagel made some poor selections and the team played badly. Nevertheless, tonight's heroic performance and the victory over Nigeria means the boys can go home with their heads held high.