By TATE STEINLAGE
It has rarely been pretty, but Greece has found a way into the round of 16.
A do-or-die match versus the Ivory Coast ended in thrilling fashion as the relentless Greeks found a way to push forward to put itself in a position to earn a penalty.
Georgios Samaras drew the stoppage-time penalty after being clipped on the heel, and then buried the opportunity in full confidence. It was a fitting finish for what proved to be somewhat of a breakthrough game for Samaras and the Greek attack. The 29-year-old helped his country take a stunning 1-0 lead over the Ivory Coast right before halftime with a takeaway pass to substitute midfielder Andreas Samaris for the easy goal.
As the lone forward, Samaras also drew six fouls and finished with 18 successful passes in a 90-minute effort.
Samaras beat out teammates Andreas Samaris and Panagiotis Glykos for the honors.
What did you make of Samaras’ effort? Can this be a jumpstart for the Greek attack in the knockout rounds?
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