Bloemfontein: Greece will take on Africans Nigeria in the group B match today in Bloemfontein at Free state stadium. Both teams playing their second match for group B will be looking for their first win after losing their opening games.
Greece suffered defeat in the hands of South Koreans by 2-0, continuing on with their disappointing record in the World Cups. Greece have lost all four games they have played in the finals. They have failed to score and have conceded 12 goals.
However, coach Rehhagel is still positive about Greece's chances and hopeful of winning their second match against Nigeria.
Players like Samaras admit that they made too many mistakes against South Koreans in their opening match, their defending being poor and in the process allowing two goals to the South Koreans. They are hoping to minimize their mistakes and frustrate the Nigerian players and win the match to give themselves a chance to qualify for the knockout stages.
On the other side, Nigeria has been struggling as well. They lost their match against Argentina 1-0 and have a mountain to climb to qualify for the knockout stages.
The Super Eagles were back on the pitch training after their loss to group B favorites Argentina. Even though they lost against the mighty Argentines, the Nigerian camp seems to be positive and on high spirit. Their forward Yakubu Ayegbeni according to Fifa.com reports said that the game he played against the Argentines was one of the best he played. He added that the team did give their best fight against the South American giants in the opening match and is positive that Nigeria has the ability to make it to the next round.
Both the teams is sure to fight hard for a win in order to give themselves a chance to stay in the tournament. The loser of the match is sure to be knocked out of the World Cup.
Players to watch out for:
Greece: Theofanis Gekas, Georgios Karagounis
Nigeria: Yakubu Ayegbeni, Sani Kaita, Nwankwo Kanu