Nigeria began the game pressing Greece back and after 16’ the pressure paid off – Kalu Uche scoring the first goal of the match from a direct free kick, delivered with such strength that Tzorvas did not even move.
Greece started to grow after Nigeria’s Sani Kaita was sent off for kicking an opponent on 33’. After 41’, Salpingidis saw his shot saved by Enyeama; on 43’ Samaras saw his shot cleared off the goal-line. 44’, 1-1. Salpingidis’ shot was deflected into goal.
The 2-1 came in the middle of the second half, on 72’, when Enyeama failed to grab Tziolis’ shot after a corner and Torosidis tapped it in, for Greece’s first ever win at a World Cup Final competition.
Greece: Tzorvas, Tziolis, Papadopoulos, Karagounis, Vyntra, Salpingidis Torosidis, Kyrgiakos, Gekas (Ninis), Sokratis (Samaras), Katsouranis
Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Taiwo (Echiejile, Afolabi), Shittu, Yakubu, Odemwingie (Obasi), Uche, Kaita, Haruna, Odiah, Etuhu