Greece 1 – 0 Russia

Man of the Match: Giorgios Karagounis This was very much a team performance, but Karagounis took his goal well and was also brought down for a penalty that could have made the evening far more comfortable for the Greeks. The captain was booked for diving in that incident and is hugely unfortunate to be suspended for the quarter-finals.

Greece verdict: After their respective performances against Czech Republic, very few could have seen this coming but – as at Euro 2004 – Greece were resolute in defence and were deserving of their triumph on the night. The goal was not their only attack of note either: with the denied penalty appeal and the free-kick that struck the bar, they could easily have increased their lead.

Russia verdict: While Aleksandr Kerzhakov has taken significant criticism for his failure to convert chances, it is an affliction that has hindered the whole Russian team. They will likely feel hard done by having dominated long stretches of the game, but such profligacy is always likely to cost a team and they have no-one to blame but themselves.

Could do better: Alan Dzagoev With two goals against Czech Republic and one against Poland, Dzagoev had been attracting plenty of attention, but he could not live up to previous standards when Russia needed him against Greece. Certainly others – Kerzakhov and his replacement, Roman Pavlyuchenko – were just as wasteful, but big things are now expected of the 21-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder and that he was unable to deliver was a huge disappointment.

Stat attack: Russia were on target with only two of their 31 goal attempts on the night. Greece also had two on target but from only eight attempts.

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