02 July, 2004
Greece beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Euro 2004 soccer championships in Porto, Portugal on Thursday night and will play in Sunday's final against host country Portugal.
The match was played at Porto's Dragao Stadium.
Greece's goal came in the first half of extra time with the silver goal scored in the 105th minute by defender Traianos Dellas with a header from a corner with just seconds remaining in the first half.
It is the first time in its history that the Greek national team reaches a final in an international soccer tournament.
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in a statement congratulated the national team and its German coach Otto Rehhagel.
"Our team, the team of all Greeks, today made the dream come true. It showed that where there is faith, method and collective effort everything is feasible," he said, announcing at the same time that he will be present at the final in Lisbon.
Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou also made a statement, saying that "we will be at the side of our team in the big final."
Similar statements were made by government officials and other politicians.
Source: Athens News Agency