Live Match Update - v Greece
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Australia 1 - Greece 0
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The Socceroos are doing a lap to thank the magnificent crowd that has turned tonight.
Josip Skoko is a deserved winner of the Man-of-the-Match award.
Australia win 1-0 to kick-start their three-match preparation with a throughly deserved win.
87' Culina hits a cracking drive, which Nikopolidis can only parry but nobody coming through from Australia to pick up rebound.
86' Greek sub - Karagounis off - Gekas - on
84' Wilkshire shot just wide after neat little back-flick by Thompson.
81' Australia win a corner, cleared but comes back for Neill, who lays to Lazaridis, beats one and crosses for Thompson, who flicks on, but Greek defender does well to clear.
79' Greece sub - Fyssas off - Amanatidis on
76' Thompson makes a run into the box but tries to cut inside and is blocked.
74' Australian sub - Sterjovski off - Lazaridis on
72' Sterjovski just misses with a header that had Nikopolidis beaten.
Crowd - 95,103
70' Zagorakis great chance to equalise but blazed his voley way over the bar from just inside the box.
60' Australian subs - Skoko & Viduka - off, Luke Wilkshire & Archie Thompson - on
56' Skoko good run through middle, lays off to Sterjovski on right... cross cut out for a corner.
54' Skoko shot across face of goal from edge of area
52' Lagos well wide with shot from edge of area
50' Australia sub - Chipperfield off - Popovic on
48' Best chance for Greeks.. Charisteas header goes wide.
46' Greece subs - Basinas, Giannakopoulos, Kyriakos, Samaras off - Zagorakis, Salpigidis, Lagos, Aantolakis on
Great opening and a deserved lead for Australia, who have played very well. Skoko's goal was an absolute gem and if remains the only goal, will be a worthy winner.
Half time - Australia 1 Greece 0
42' Viduka looks to have been tugged in the box as he was about to get clear in the penalty box... nothing given though.
40' Great interchange Culina and Sterjovski his cross for Viduka was cut out for a corner. Deserved better.
32' Sterjovski looks like he is through but stumbles at critical moment, but still wins a corner... Moore almost on the end of Bresciano's corner.
30' Good play by Greeks and they win a corner... but Australia defend it fairly well and win a throw-in
26' Great interchange by Socceroos, ball falling to Sterjovski, whose cross/shot is cut out by Nikopolidis.
24' Oh that was close, Bresciano's free kick skims the side of the post... great effort
23' Skoko fouled 30 yards out
Bresciano corner to far post, Neill headed back to his near post, Sterjovski intelligently headed back for Skoko, whose shot on the half volley was brilliantly struck inside the far post. Brilliant goal and one he will never forget.
16' Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal - What a strike from Skoko.
10' Skoko shot blocked
5' Charisteas shot over bar
4' Bresciano shot... blocked away for a corner
7.37pm Australia kick-off
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Socceroos: Zeljko Kalac (gk); Lucas Neill, Craig Moore, Jason Culina, Brett Emerton, Josip Skoko, Mark Viduka, Vince Grella, Scott Chipperfield, Mile Sterjovski, Marco Bresciano
Greece: Antonis Nikopolidis (gk); Georgios Seitaridis, Trainos Dellas, Angelos Basinas, Stylianos Giannakopoulos, Angelos Charisteas, Georgios Karagounis, Panagiotis Fyssas, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Georgios Samaras
Referee: Mike Riley (England)
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