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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
  Greece confound expectations yet again
Four points off the Iberian giants is not a return I'd imagine anyone outside of the motherland was envisioning at the start of the tournament.

Spain certainly had plenty of chances to ensure they took more than a point from this game, but it was not to be, and the Greeks are to be commended for some stout-hearted defending.

What all this means, of course, is that Group A has now turned, and we are left with an utterly fascinating tussle for the two quarter-final places.
Before this afternoon's match it seemed that - even with Portugal's shock opening day defeat - Group A, along with B, was more cut-and-dried than either C or D's 'Group of Death'.

Meanwhile, in Lisbon, Scolari has wisely opted to drop some of his grandfatherly figures (Couto and Rui Costa both out), and let Deco strut his stuff in the middle of the park. As Portugal grabbed a goal within the first ten minutes, the Russians were being battered.

I'm sure this early period of Portugal bossing it unopposed will eventually be tested by Russian resolve but - at time of writing - it looks like we can say with confidence here are the first team for who Euro 2004 is officially over.

Sorry Moscow.

scott.
 
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