• FT

    Finland

    2

    Azerbaijan

    1

  • FT

    Wales

    2

    Rep of Ire

    2

  • FT

    Bulgaria

    1

    Romania

    0

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    Latvia

    4

    Liechtenstei

    1

  • FT

    Andorra

    0

    Estonia

    2

  • FT

    Moldova

    3

    Hungary

    0

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    Scotland

    1

    Italy

    2

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    Israel

    2

    Russia

    1

  • FT

    Lithuania

    2

    Ukraine

    0

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    Norway

    1

    Turkey

    2

  • FT

    Albania

    2

    Belarus

    4

  • FT

    Germany

    4

    Cyprus

    0

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    Macedonia

    2

    Croatia

    0

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    Czech Rep

    3

    Slovakia

    1

  • FT

    Greece

    5

    Malta

    0

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    Netherlands

    1

    Luxembourg

    0

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    Poland

    2

    Belgium

    0

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    N Ireland

    2

    Denmark

    1

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    Portugal

    1

    Armenia

    0

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    Spain

    3

    Sweden

    0

  • PPD

    Serbia

    P

    Kazakhstan

    P

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Spyros Louis Stadium, Greece

Referee: Sten Kaldma | Attendance: 31332

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Greece

  • Theofanis Gekas 32'
  • Angelos Basinas 54'
  • Ioannis Amanatidis 61'
  • Theofanis Gekas 72'
  • Theofanis Gekas 74'

5 - 0

FT

Greece 5-0 Malta: Gekas hat-trick

ATHENS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A hat-trick by Greece striker

Fanis Gekas steered the European champions to a 5-0 win over

Malta in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Group C on Saturday.

Gekas struck first in the 33rd minute as Greece, who had

already qualified for the finals next year, struggled to shrug

off the party atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium.

Angelos Basinas and Ioannis Amanatidis gave Greece a

comfortable lead early in the second half and Gekas popped up

with two goals in the space of three minutes to complete his

hat-trick.

Malta, who will finish bottom of group C with just one win

over Hungary, could have taken the lead in the 19th minute when

Andre Schembri got behind the Greece defence, slipped the ball

past goalkeeper Andonis Nikopolidis and then watched as it went

agonisingly past the upright.

Gekas broke the deadlock when he reacted first to drive home

the rebound after Malta goalkeeper Justin Haber had done well to

parry a sharp header from Stelios Giannakopoulos.

Haber then made an excellent double save to deny Gekas and

Basinas just before half-time.

Nine minutes into the second half, Basinas rifled in a shot

off the post and then with the Malta defence nowhere to be seen,

Amanatidis made it 3-0.

Gekas completed the celebrations for Greece with well-taken

goals in the 72nd and 74th minutes and there might have been

even more had substitute Nikos Liberopoulos not hit the bar with

one shot and then had a goal disallowed for offside.

Scoring Summary

  • Greece
  • Malta
 

Match Stats

  • Greece
  • Malta
16(10) Shots (on goal) 9(4)
5 Fouls 6
2 Corner kicks 6
7 Offsides 1
63% Time of Possession 37%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 7

Teams

  • Greece
  • Malta
Substitutes
Substitutions
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