Greece Eliminates Cote d’Ivoire In Injury Time

Ivory Coast failed to reach the last-16 of the Fifa World Cup for the third time in a row, as Greece snatched a 2-1 win in stoppage time of their final Group C clash in Fortaleza.

Andreas Samaris pulled the 2004 European champions ahead three minutes to the interval, but Wilfried Bony slotted home a second-half equaliser.

The Elephants looked bound for the knock-out phase before Giorgios Samaras smashed past goalkeeper Boubacar Barry a last-minute penalty after the Celtic winger was tripped inside the box by Chieck Tiote.

Andreas Samaris Celebrates After Scoring Greece's Opener Against Ivory Coast. Getty Image.
Andreas Samaris Celebrates After Scoring Greece’s Opener Against Ivory Coast. Getty Image.

Coach Sabri Lamouchi’s men were on the brink of ending their World Cup under-achievers title when Swansea’s Bony coolly tapped home a Gervinho assist, after struggling for 31 minutes, to level Samaris’ opener.

But the late twist means Greece advance into the second round with Colombia, who despite progressing with a game to spare, thrashed Japan 4-1 in Cuiaba to record maximum nine points.

Colombia face Group D runners-up Uruguay, while Greece will be up against Costa Rica in the next round.