Giorgos Karagounis and Greece rekindled the spirit of 2004 as they sealed an improbable European Championship quarter-final spot and dumped Russia out of the tournament by beating them 1-0.
The shock champions of eight years ago turned Group A upside down in a remarkable final round of fixtures in Poland. Karagounis' winner - on the night he equalled a national record by earning his 120th cap - came completely against the run of play on the stroke of half-time at Warsaw's National Stadium.
But no-one could argue Greece did not deserve victory at the final whistle, with 2004 hero Karagounis denied a blatant penalty and picking up a booking that ruled him out of the next match. Russia, who beat Czech Republic 4-1, barely tested goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis and were made to pay as the Czechs beat Poland in Wroclaw to steal top spot.
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