Greece : First-Ever World Cup Goals, Win


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Greece midfielder ALEXANDROS TZIOLIS (6) of Italian side Siena slides in for the tackle on Nigeria midfielder KALU UCHE (12) of Spanish club Union Deportivo Almeria during the critical Group B match at the Free State Stadium in Manguang/Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe)
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Sixteen minutes into the match, the Nigerians find the Greeks bearing gifts on a rather routine free kick taken by the midfielder Uche. Here, apparently convinced Nigeria striker PETER ODEMWINGE (11) of Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow will manage a deflection, Greece goalkeeper ALEXANDROS TZORVAS (12) of Panathinaikos dives out of the way of the incoming ball from the not pictured Uche. (Ian Walton/Getty Images Europe)
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The Nigerian midfielder Uche’s “shot” bounces unmolested into the Greek net for an early, if not incredibly easy, first goal in the World Cup match from South Africa. (Ian Walton/Getty Images Europe)
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The 27-year-old Spanish exile Uche, who won three Polish titles with Wislaw Krakow and also spent a season on loan in France with Girondins Bordeaux, heads straight for the team bench after netting his third career international goal for Nigeria as defender TAYE TAIWO (3) of French club Olympique Marseille points out the way at the Free State Stadium in Manguang/Bloemfontein. (Martin Rose/Getty Images Europe)
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A menacing glare from Greece defender AVRAAM PAPADOPOULOS (8) of Olimpiakos Piraeus then as Colombian referee Oscar Perez shows the straight red card to Nigeria midfielder SANI KAITA (14) of Russian club Alania Vladikavkaz in the 33rd minute of the Group B World Cup match in South Africa. Kaita, who signed for French league outfit AS Monaco in September of 2008 but has spent all of his time since January of 2009 out on loan to various clubs in Russia, had lost rule of his temper and blatantly kicked at the not-pictured Greek midfielder Vasileios Torosidis. (Phil Cole/Getty Images Europe)
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Not long before the halftime whistle, good fortune betows Greece as forward DMITRIOS SALPINGIDIS (14) of Panathinaikos Athens lets loose a shot from just outside the penatly area with the Nigerian defenders TAYE TAIWO (3) and JOSEPH YOBO (2) of English club FC Everton looking on. The shot from Salpingidis will take a sharp deflection from the not-pictured Nigerian midfielder LUKMAN HARUNA of French league side AS Monaco…(Phil Cole/Getty Images Europe)
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…and head for one corner of the net after the wrong-footed Nigerian netminder, VINCENT ENYEAMA of Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, had already started for the other side in the 44th minute of the Group B match at the Free State Stadium. (Reuters photo)
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Under the gaze of the Nigerian goal-scorer, midfielder KALU UCHE (12), the Greek forward DIMITRIOS SALPINGIDIS (14) runs off after writing his name in the history books. Not only did Greece lose all three of its games on its only other appearance in a World Cup final tournament, the country could not manage so much as a single goal in the United States back in 1994. Finally, in their fifth World Cup match all-time, a Greek goal gets written on the official scoresheet. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe)
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A rare mistake from the goalkeeper Enyeama, who had, up to this point, performed so heroically as he had in Nigeria’s opener with Argentina, presents Greece with a gift game-winner in the 71st minute. “The Cat” spilled a long, innocuous effort from the not-pictured Greek midfielder ALEXANDROS TZIOLIS straight into the path an on-charging opponent. (Ian Walton/Getty Images Europe)
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Greek midfielder VASILEIOS TOROSIDIS (15) of Olimpiakos Piraeus is on hand to poke the ball past the diving Nigerian goalkeeper Enyeama with matters getting late in the Group B match at the 2010 World Cup from South Africa. (Keystone/Blick)
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The 25-year-old Torosidis toasts the biggest goal of his football life, the third of his international career, and grabs three vital points for Greece, who dropped their opening group match to South Korea, in the process at the Free State Stadium in Manguang/Bloemfontein. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe)
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After consecutive losses to Argentina and Greece with South Korea stilll to play in the round-robin, the prospect of Nigeria reaching the Round of 16 out of Group B at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is not looking up. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe)

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