Day 7, Match 2
Greece vs. Nigeria, Group B
Date and Location
June 17, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
This is a must-win match for both sides.
Nigeria fell 1-0 to Argentina in its opening match, while South Korea posted a 2-0 victory over Greece. As a result, the Argentines and South Koreans are tied for first place in Group A with three points apiece, while winless Nigeria and Greece at the bottom.
A loss for either Nigeria or Greece would more than likely eliminate them from contention with one game to go in the group stage, while a tie would keep both sides alive in the hunt for second place (and a second-round berth) but just barely.
Midfielder Lukman Haruna earned a yellow card in Nigeria's previous match. If he receives another against Greece, he will be suspended for the Super Eagles' final game of the group stage.
Defender Vasileios Torosidis is in similar predicament for Greece.
Watch the Rogers Pre-game show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.
Player to watch for Greece
Theofanis Gekas — After losing 2-0 to South Korea, the Greeks are in desperate need of goals, and Gekas is the man to provide them. The veteran forward scored ten times in the qualifiers for his country, and he has a knack for conjuring goals out of nothing.
Player to watch for Nigeria
Obafemi Martins — The Nigerian forward came on as a second-half substitute against Argentina and provides the Africans with a bit of a spark. Don't be surprised if he starts against the Greeks and if he does, look out - the Nigerian boasts great speed and explosive acceleration.
Theofanis Gekas vs. Vincent Enyeama — Gekas is his country's most dangerous goal-scoring threat and after Greece was shutout by South Korea, he needs to produce. But that's easier said than done against Enyeama, the standout Nigerian goalkeeper who stood on his head against Argentina.
The Greek perspective
"Nigeria is a very strong team. We will now analyse all aspects of our game and that of Nigeria to see what we have to do to win. We carry on. We all know that in football a lot of times you have bad results. We're not disappointed, we have to be realistic about our potential and what we can do." — goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas
The Nigerian perspective
"We know we must get three points against Greece. I hope we play better than [against Argentina], and we will work hard from now until then because we can still achieve a lot in South Africa." — forward Obafemi Martins
World Cup head-to-head
- Games played:1
- Nigeria: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws
- Greece: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws
- Goals: Nigeria 2, Greece 0
- Last match: Greece fell to Nigeria 2-0 in the group stage of USA 1994. Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi scored at the end of the first and second half, respectively, to give Nigeria a comfortable win inside Boston's Foxboro Stadium.
All time head-to-head
- Games played:2
- Greece: 1 win, 1 loss, 0 draws
- Nigeria: 1 win, 1 loss, 0 draws
- Goals: Greece 2, Nigeria 2
- Last match: Greece defeated Nigeria 2-0 in 1999 in an international friendly.