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Greece 0 - 2 Argentina

greece 0 - 2 argentina

Two-time champion Argentina has downed Greece 2-0 to seal top spot in Group B of the World Cup on Tuesday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Argentina finally broke down a stubborn Greek defense with late goals from Martin Demechelis and Martin Palermo.

The result allowed Lionel Messi and his teammates to comfortably win Group B with a maximum nine points from three games.

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was named FIFA Man of the Match. Messi, who turns 23 on Thursday, was the youngest Argentina captain ever on the day.

Messi smashed the post minutes before creating Argentina's second when his shot was palmed away by the Greek goalkeeper and Palermo scored on the rebound.

Argentina will face Mexico on Sunday, whom they beat in the last 16, four years ago in the 2006 World Cup.

Greece (GRE)

Line-Up: Vangelis Moras, Alexandros Tziolis, Georgios Samaras, Avraam Papadopoulos, Georgios Karagounis (Nikos Spiropoulos 45'), Loukas Vyntra, Alexandros Tzorvas, Vasileios Torosidis (Christos Patsatzoglou 55'), Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Konstantinos Katsouranis (Sotiris Ninis 54')

Substitutes Not Used: Konstantinos Chalkias, Giourkas Seitaridis, Angelos Charisteas, Michail Sifakis, Dimitrios Salpingidis, Theofanis Gekas, Pantelis Kapetanos, Stelios Malezas, Athanasios Prittas

Manager: Otto Rehhagel

Booked: Konstantinos Katsouranis 30'

Argentina (ARG)

Line-Up: Martin Demichelis, Clemente Rodriguez, Nicolas Burdisso, Mario Bolatti, Juan Veron, Lionel Messi, Nicolas Otamendi, Kun Aguero (Javier Pastore 77'), Diego Milito (Martin Palermo 80'), Maxi Rodriguez (Angel Di Maria 63'), Sergio Romero

Substitutes Not Used: Diego Pozo, Gabriel Heinze, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Ariel Garce, Walter Samuel, Javier Mascherano, Jonas Gutierrez, Mariano Andujar

Manager: Diego Armando Maradona

Goals: Martin Demichelis 77', Martin Palermo 89'

Booked: Mario Bolatti 76'

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Match Facts:

Shots on target: 3 (GRE) - 9 (ARG)

Shots off target: 2 (GRE) - 3 (ARG)

Ball possession (%): 33 (GRE) - 67 (ARG)

Corner kicks: 1 (GRE) - 10 (ARG)

Offside: 0 (GRE) - 2 (ARG)

Fouls committed: 15 (GRE) - 8 (ARG)

Yellow cards: 1 (GRE) - 1 (ARG)

Red cards: 0 (GRE) - 0 (ARG)

Source: presstv.ir

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