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Greece Advances in the World Cup on a Stoppage-Time Penalty-Kick Goal

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Giorgos Samaras (2nd R) of Greece celebrates scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot with his teammates during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Castelao on June 24, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Georgios Samaras celebrating his goal. Photo: Lars Baron - FIFA/Getty Images

Ivory Coast would have advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a draw against Greece today, but with the score tied 1-1 in the 93rd minute, Greece’s Georgios Samaras was awarded a penalty kick, which he’d convert to give his team the win. A Wilfried Bony goal for Ivory Coast had evened the game in the 74th minute, but Samaras’s goal clinched second place in Group C for Greece and eliminated Ivory Coast.

It’s Greece’s first-ever trip to the World Cup’s knockout round.

Greece Advances in World Cup on a Penalty Kick