Greece advance to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time by beating Ivory Coast 2—1 in Group C.

Greece advance to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time by beating Ivory Coast 2—1 in Group C.

Georgios Samaras converted a penalty three minutes into injury time to give Greece the victory and the spot in the last 16, where they will play Group D winners Costa Rica.

Andreas Samaris scored the Greeks’ first goal of the tournament in the 42nd minute before Wilfried Bony equalised in the 74th minute — a result which would have sent the Africans to the knockout stages for the first time.

The Europeans fought back to win and jump into second place in Group C behind Colombia with four points. Ivory Coast had three points.

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