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Wednesday, 8 February 1989
International Friendly Match

Greece 1 England 2 [1-1]
 

Olympiako Stadio Athínas Spyros Louis, Marousi, Athína
Attendance:
3.364 to 10,000;
Kick-off: 1.00pm BST
Second half live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

Greece - Dimitris Saravakos (penalty 2)
England - Spyros Ikonomopoulos (own goal after Barnes' free-kick hit the bar and then the goalkeepers back 7), Bryan Robson (79)
Match Summary
Greece Squad
England Squad
 
Results 1985-1990

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Match Summary

Officials

Greece

Type

England

Referee (-) - Heinz Holzmann
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Greece Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 39th to 38th
Colours: Made by Puma - Light blue jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Dimitris Saravakos Manager: Alekos Sofianidis
Greece Lineup
1 Ikonomopoulos, Spyros   26 October 1959 G     GA
2 Chatziathanasiou, Iakovos, off 72nd min.   20 May 1961        
3 Koutoulas, Giorgos   9 February 1967        
4 Kalitzakis, Ioannis   10 February 1966        
5 Mavridis, Konstantinos   7 July 1962
in Tashkent, USSR
       
6 Tsalouchidis, Panagiotis   30 March 1963        
7 Saravakos, Dimitris   26 July 1961        
8 Lagonidis, Kostas, injured off 35th min.   1 July 1965        
9 Samaras, Ioannis, off 46th min   3 May 1961
in Melbourne, Australia
       
10 Nioplias, Nioklaos   17 January 1965        
11 Tsiantakis, Nikolaos   20 October 1963        
Greece Substitutes
Borbokis, Stefanos, on 35th min. for Lagonidis   1 September 1966        
Kalogeropoulos, Vangelis, on 46th min. for Samaras   13 February 1965        
Manolas, Stylianos, on 72nd min. for Iakovos   31 July 1961        

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th
Colours: The 1988 Umbro away uniform - Red crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, white trimmed cuffs, white shorts with navy seams and red trim, red socks with navy/white Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 49th captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 55 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
73rd match, W 36 - D 21 - L 16 - F 123 - A 47.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 39 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 103 68ᵍᵃ
gk most apps
2 Stevens, M. Gary 25 27 March 1963 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 29 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 26 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 9 0
4 Webb, Neil J. 25 30 July 1963 LCM Nottingham Forest FC 12 2
5 Walker, Desmond S. 23 26 November 1965 RCD Nottingham Forest FC 3 0
6 Butcher, Terence I. 30 28 December 1958
in Alexandra Park, Singapore
LCD Rangers FC, Scotland 57 3
7 Robson, Bryan 32 11 January 1957 RCM Manchester United FC 73 23
8 Rocastle, David C. 21 2 May 1967 RM Arsenal FC 3 0
9 Smith, Alan M., off 78th min. 26 21 November 1962 RF Arsenal FC 2 0
10 Lineker, Gary W. 28 30 November 1960 LF Barcelona FC, Spain 38 26
11 Barnes, John C.B. 25 7 November 1963
in Kingston, Jamaica
LM Liverpool FC 44 6
BME most apps
England Substitutes
  Beardsley, Peter A., on 78th min. for Smith 28 18 January 1961 RF Liverpool FC 30 26 5
4

unused substitutes:

-

team notes:

Peter Shilton becomes the oldest goalkeeper (39 years 143 days) to face a penalty kick.
 
4-4-2 Shilton -
Stevens, Walker, Butcher, Pearce -
Rocastle, Robson, Webb, Barnes -
Smith
(Beardsley), Lineker

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England were shaken by a second minute penalty goal, but cancelled it out seven minutes later when John Barnes guided the ball into the net. It took more than an hour for England to find anything approaching fluency, and then they started to pound away at the Greek defence until the inevitable goal came from Bryan Robson in the seventy-ninth minute. England had clearly lost their pulling power overseas. There were just 6,000 spectators in the huge Olympic Stadium. Robson's goal was a collector's item, a magnificent volley after Lineker had neatly nodded a John Barnes cross into his path.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG