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Greece Move Top of Group C

Greece ran out comfortable winners over Hungary to wrest control of Euro 2008 qualifying Group C from Turkey.
Otto Rehhagel's defending champions produced an assured display at the Pankritio stadium in Crete as first-half strikes from Fanis Gekas and Giourkas Seitaridis clinched a victory which moved Greece into top spot following Turkey's surprise 3-2 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Greeks now hold a two-point lead and have the chance to extend it to five points with a home clash against group minnows Moldova on Wednesday as Turkey do not play again until September.
Rehhagel deployed a three-pronged attack against the Hungarians, featuring the impressive Ioannis Amanatidis, and the hosts created a bevy of chances and deservedly led at half-time.
Amanatidis threatened in the opening exchanges, chipping narrowly over and firing wide inside the first seven minutes.
Midfielder Georgios Karagounis then drew a brilliant save from Hungary keeper Zoltan Vegh with a fierce drive before the visitors missed a golden chance to score after 13 minutes.
Greece defender Georgios Anatolakis slipped to give Zoltan Gera a free run on goal but his shot was blocked by keeper Kostas Halkias.
That proved the only clear chance for Hungary.
Just three minutes later Greece were celebrating when Gekas scored the opener, latching onto an Amanatidis cross and swivelling impressively to score with a low shot into the right corner.
The hosts continued to attack and a minute before the half-hour mark right-back Seitaridis showed why he is considered one of Europe's finest full-backs.
The Atletico Madrid man surged past Gera into the penalty area and fired a powerful, low shot past Vegh to double Greece's lead.
The momentum was clearly with the home side and Amanatidis missed the chance to make it three before half-time when he blasted against the bar from close range.
The tempo of the match slowed significantly in the second half but not surprisingly it was Greece who came closest to adding to the scoreline after 53 minutes when Gekas cracked a half-volley against the post after running on to Vasilios Torosidis' deft, chipped pass.
Karagounis then saw another long-range shot tipped over superbly by Vegh in the closing stages.


Match Highlights: Click on links for Match Highlights!!

English Commentary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW0KVdiPBJA&feature=RecentlyWatched&page=1&t=t&f=b

Greek Commentary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXuwxih_CL4



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