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Greece coach Santos: I just want goals

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014
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FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Greece is running out of time to make its mark on the World Cup. It hasn't scored in Brazil and is stranded at the bottom of Group C with one point, tied with Japan but behind on goal difference.

For Tuesday's game against Ivory Coast, coach Fernando Santos is keeping his priorities simple.

"We have to score goals," he said. "I don't care who does it. If it is (goalkeeper Orestis) Karnezis, that'll be fine with me."

With Colombia already through to the knockout stage, Greece would have to beat the second-placed Africans to make the last 16, and hope that Japan doesn't prevail over the South Americans with a better overall goal tally.

Santos, the 59-year-old Portuguese manager, is quitting after the tournament after taking Greece to its third World Cup with an impressive 8-1-1 qualification run that took them to their current 12th place in the world rankings.

"We have to show the qualities that got us here," he said. "The Ivory Coast is a strong team with good players. But we are strong too and we got here on merit ... talk of anything else is just a distraction."

Star qualification striker Kostas Mitroglou took part in regular training Monday at Fortaleza's Arena Castelao, despite taking a knock in the previous match with Japan that saw him substituted with back pain.

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