Greasy Greece slip into last 16 as Samaras picks his perfect moment: how Stats Zone saw Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Well, well, well. Just when you thought Greece were going to crawl away from this tournament with boredom, they went and did a silly old thing like this. Providing Colombia beat Japan (which they did, comprehensively), Fernando Santos' men knew victory over Ivory Coast would be enough to send them through. 

They left it late – until stoppage time – but a foul from substitute Giovanni Sio on Georgios Samaras gave the former Manchester City man the chance to net his first Greek goal since Euro 2012. Under pressure, he netted to send Ivory Coast home at the group stage for the third consecutive World Cup.

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Joe Brewin

Joe was the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo until 2022, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities. 

By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.