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Nikopolidis error sparks Greek tragedy

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Greece lost their grip on the European Championship title after Konstantin Zyryanov´s winner earned Russia a 1-0 victory in Salzburg and knocked out the holders.

Otto Rehhagel´s men were never given much hope of making history and becoming the first country to defend the title, and their hopes lasted two matches.

Criticised for being negative, there was at least some adventure after Zyryanov took advantage of woeful goalkeeping from Antonis Nikopolidis - but it was too little, too late.

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