20 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: Japan vs Greece 22th Match in Pictures

After losing their Group ‘C’ openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on Thursday.

There is little doubt that only three points will do if either side is to extend their stay in Brazil beyond the group stage.

Japan’s attacking flair helped them become the first country to qualify for Brazil but they paid the price for uncharacteristic timidity after taking an early lead in their opening 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in Recife.

Japan's defender Maya Yoshida (L) and Greece's defender Jose Holebas gesture following a 0-0 score during a Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Japanese fans cheer during a Group C football match between Japan and Greece.


Greece's forward Konstantinos Mitroglou (L) in action against Japan's defender Yasuyuki Konno.


Japan fan is pictured before the start of a Group C match between Japan and Greece.

Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis (L) vies with Japan's forward Shinji Okazaki.


Greece fan cheers before the start of a Group C match between Japan and Greece.

Greece's defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos eyes the ball.

Greece's forward Georgios Samaras jumps for the ball.

Greece's goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (L) jumps for the ball.

Greece's goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis dives for the ball.

Japan's defender Yuto Nagatomo in action.

Japan's forward Shinji Kagawa leaves the field after a 0-0 score.

Japan's Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni is pictured.

Japanese fan clean the tribune after match between Japan and Greece.

(Top Row L-R) Greece's goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, Greece's defender Konstantinos Manolas, Greece's midfielder Kostas Katsouranis, Greece's defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Greece's forward Konstantinos Mitroglou, Greece's defender Jose Holebas. (Bottom Row L-R) Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis, Greece's forward Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Greece's midfielder Giannis Maniatis, Greece's forward Georgios Samaras, Greece's midfielder Panagiotis Kone, pose for a picture.

(Top Row L-R) Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, Japan's defender Maya Yoshida, Japan's forward Yuya Osako, Japan's defender Yasuyuki Konno, Japan's forward Keisuke Honda. (Bottom Row L-R) Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe, Japan's forward Yoshito Okubo, Japan's defender Yuto Nagatomo, Japan's defender Atsuto Uchida, Japan's forward Shinji Okazaki, Japan's midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, pose for a picture.
(AFP Photo)

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