Papadopoulos’ Sending Off Saved Greece in the End
Kyriakos Papadopoulos was sent off, along with Edin Dzeko, in the 80th minute against Bosnia in Sunday’s World Cup Qualifier. Although the referee’s decision left Greece with 10-men, Papadopoulos’ sending off played a vital role in Tzavellas’ equalizer in the final minute of stoppage time.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos was sent off in the 80th minute in Greece’s Sunday qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Greek defender was given a straight red for hitting an opponent during a scuffle between the two teams. However, the Swedish referee’s decision ultimately helped Greece in the end as they drew level in the final minute of stoppage time with Tzavellas’ goal.
Michael Skibbe was ready to sub-off Giorgos Tzavellas for Nikos Karelis before Papadopoulos was sent off. However, Papadopoulos’ dismissal left a gap in the center back position. This forced the German manager to keep Tzavellas on the pitch (moved from left back to center back) and Karelis was later subbed on for Mantalos.
Of course we all know what followed as Tzavellas stayed on the pitch and in the final minute of stoppage time, his rocket gave Greece an important point against the Bosnians. The 1-1 draw keeps Greece in control of second place in the group, 3-points ahead of 3rd placed Bosnia.