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Greece's Giorgios Samaras (7) is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate his penalty goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Giorgios Samaras (7) is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate his penalty goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Giorgios Samaras (L) scores a goal on a penalty kick during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Giorgios Samaras (L) scores a goal on a penalty kick during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Giovanni Sio (C) commits a foul on Greece's Giorgios Samaras (L) as Ivory Coast's Souleyman Bamba watches during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Giovanni Sio (C) commits a foul on Greece's Giorgios Samaras (L) as Ivory Coast's Souleyman Bamba watches during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (C) reacts after a foul on Greece's Andreas Samaris (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 24, 2014. At right is Greece's Giorgos Karagounis.

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (C) reacts after a foul on Greece's Andreas Samaris (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 24, 2014. At right is Greece's Giorgos Karagounis.

Greece's Andreas Samaris (obscured) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Andreas Samaris (obscured) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Greece's goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Greece's goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony holds up his teammate Ivory Coast's Gervinho after Bony after scored his side's first goal against Greece's goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony holds up his teammate Ivory Coast's Gervinho after Bony after scored his side's first goal against Greece's goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba reacts as he leaves the pitch after his substitution during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba reacts as he leaves the pitch after his substitution during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Andreas Samaris (C) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Andreas Samaris (C) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Ivory Coast at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Andreas Samaris (L) celebrates with his teammate Giorgios Samaras after scoring a goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's Andreas Samaris (L) celebrates with his teammate Giorgios Samaras after scoring a goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba jumps for the ball between Greece's Kostas Manolas (L) and Greece's Giannis Maniatis (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba jumps for the ball between Greece's Kostas Manolas (L) and Greece's Giannis Maniatis (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony (C) celebrates with his teammates Gervinho (R) and Yaya Toure after scoring a goal against Greece during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony (C) celebrates with his teammates Gervinho (R) and Yaya Toure after scoring a goal against Greece during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (L) fights for the ball with Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (L) fights for the ball with Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba reacts with his teammates (L-R) Cheick Tiote, Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure after their team conceded a goal to Greece during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba reacts with his teammates (L-R) Cheick Tiote, Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure after their team conceded a goal to Greece during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry reacts as the ball hits the top of the goalpost during the team's 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry reacts as the ball hits the top of the goalpost during the team's 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's national soccer team players celebrate the team's first goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Greece's national soccer team players celebrate the team's first goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry (R) makes a save near Greece's Kostas Manolas (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry (R) makes a save near Greece's Kostas Manolas (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Arthur Boka (L) looks at Greece's Giorgios Samaras during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's Arthur Boka (L) looks at Greece's Giorgios Samaras during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry makes a save during the team's 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry makes a save during the team's 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Greece at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

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Greece's Giorgios Samaras (7) is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate his penalty goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras struck an injury-time penalty as Greece snatched a place in the World Cup last-16 with a dramatic 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

The African side had looked to be going through to the knockout stages as Group C runners-up after Swansea's Wilfried Bony cancelled out Andreas Samaris' first-half strike in the 74th minute in Fortaleza.

But Greece, who hit the woodwork three times, showed considerable improvement on their earlier performances in the tournament and grabbed victory after Samaras - recently released by Celtic - was felled late on.

It was no less than the Greeks deserved for an enterprising performance after a slow start.

The Ivory Coast players were wearing black armbands in memory of Ibrahim Toure, the brother of team members Yaya and Kolo Toure who died last week.

Both Toures were in the side, having opted to remain with the squad in Brazil, on what was undoubtedly an emotional occasion for the pair.

Powerhouse former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba was also included in the starting line-up as the Elephants looked to his experience to help guide them into the last 16.

But the Africans struggled to get into their stride, possibly hindered by the stop-start opening to the game that saw Greece lose two players to injury in the opening 25 minutes.

Coach Fernando Santos had already made one notable enforced change having brought in 37-year-old Georgios Karagounis for his 138th cap in place of suspended captain Konstantinos Katsouranis.

He was forced to make another with just 12 minutes gone as Panagiotis Kone went down with a hamstring injury.

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It proved a significant moment as Samaris took his place but initially the game seemed to gather no momentum, with goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis calling for treatment soon after.

After a lengthy stoppage he tried to play on, but soon accepted defeat and was replaced by Panagiotis Glykos.

What broken play there had been by then had seen Ivory Coast looking to counter but a dangerous Yaya Toure cross for Drogba was cut out by Karnezis in his last significant involvement.

Greece suddenly burst into life just after the half hour as they caught Ivory Coast with a swift break from deep.

Samaras broke clear and played in Jose Cholevas, who slammed a shot against the bar from the edge of the area.

Another chance came after Samaras was impeded attempting to reach the rebound but Karagounis shot straight at Boubacar Barry from the resultant free-kick.

Gervinho and Salomon Kalou combined to threaten for Ivory Coast but Greece crowded them out and snatched the lead three minutes before the break.

Newcastle's Cheick Tiote sold his defence short with an under-hit back pass and Samaris nipped in to race through on goal and clip a cool shot over Barry.

Yaya Toure tried to drag Ivory Coast back level before the break but he was unable to finish after a strong run and Samaris blocked his scuffed shot.

Greece dictated the tempo early in the second half with Lazaros Christodoulopoulos bending a shot narrowly wide and Dimitrios Salpingidis striking at Barry from distance.

Karagounis then rattled the bar with a well-struck effort from 40 yards.

Ivory Coast needed to respond and Souleymane Bamba flashed a header narrowly wide.

They broke through after 74 minutes as Kalou slipped in Gervinho and the former Arsenal man pulled the ball back neatly for Bony to finish from in front of goal.

Greece fought to the end and a cross from Vasileios Torosidis caused alarm when it drifted against the post. Salpingidis also whipped in a dangerous ball across the face of goal but it evaded everybody and rolled to safety.

The greatest drama was still to follow as Samaras was upended in injury time by substitute Giovanni Sio and the referee pointed to the spot. Samaras stepped up and coolly fired home.


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