Greece was reduced to 10 men after Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking but was still level 0-0 with Japan at halftime of their Group C game at the World Cup.

Katsouranis drew his first yellow with a hard foul in the 27th minute and later was sent off for another rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe. Greece also lost starting striker Kostas Mitroglou to an injury in the 35th minute. Greece, which has a dismal scoring history in the World Cup, had turned to Mitroglou to generate goals after using him as a substitute in a 3-0 loss to Colombia.

Japan would be eliminated from the World Cup with a second loss. Greece would still be mathematically alive with a defeat but would face long odds against advancing out of the group.