Disappointing night for Dimitri

Last updated : 17 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

They opened Group 2 knowing that France and the Czech Republic were favourites and were very much in need of a victory against Belgium who are considered the weakest in the group by some distance.

It was not to be for the Greeks though and they were outplayed from start to finish. Dimitri was in the side but made no impact on the Belgian defence whatsoever. The key striker for the Greeks is Georgios Vakouftsis from Iraklis but he has missed the tournament with a thigh injury. It was he who tormented England last summer and was the striker that many believed Stan was trying to bring in to Turf Moor.

The Belgians went in front just after the half hour and the biggest surprise was that it took them until seven minutes from the end to double their advantage. The Greeks though did pull one back in stoppage time through Xenofon Gitas.

Greek coach Andrea Michalopoulos was disappointed with the performance and was quick to point out that the Belgians were much the better side,

"We were very nervous and failed to produce our best form. The Belgians were clearly better from the first minute and their win was deserved. We were surprised by the speed of their counterattacks and never got into the match after going behind."

Dimitri and the Greeks will next be in action against France on Sunday.