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Scoreless draw keeps Japan and Greece alive


NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Scoreless draw keeps Japan and Greece alive

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NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.
Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the main objective was survival and both achieved that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.
Once Katsouranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Greece surrendered three goals in a loss to Colombia, but even short-handed was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.
 
Group C Standings

 

Wins

Draws

Losses

Goals For

Goals Against

Points

Colombia

2

0

0

5

1

6

Ivory Coast

1

1

0

3

3

3

Japan

0

1

1

1

2

1

Greece

0

1

1

0

3

1

 
Schedule & Results
Saturday, June 14
Colombia 3, Greece 0
Ivory Coast 2, Japan 1
Thursday, June 19
Colombia 2, Ivory Coast 1
Japan 0, Greece 0
Tuesday, June 24
4 p.m.: Japan vs Colombia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
4 p.m.: Greece vs Ivory Coast at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
 

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