Russia, who had arguably played some of the most attractive football seen at the European Championship before last night, were eliminated at the group phrase after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Greece.
Giorgos Karagounis stunned Russia on the stroke of half time to grant Greece an unlikely place in the quarter-finals as Group A runners-up at the expense of their more illustrious opponents.
The Greeks were completely outclassed in Warsaw but defended stoutly and produced the kind of sucker punch that saw them crowned 2004 champions with the final kick of the half, the goal coming from the only surviving member of Greece's surprise triumph eight years ago.
Karagounis also equaled a national record with his 120th cap. Russia piled men forward in search of an equaliser, but the loss, coupled with Czech Republic's victory against Poland in Wroclaw, means Dick Advocaat's side face an early flight home.
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