Spain face reigning European champions Greece in their final Group D fixture in Salzburg hoping to ensure no repeat of their first-round exit at the last UEFA European Championship.
• A 1-0 defeat by Portugal in their third match at UEFA EURO 2004™ sent Spain crashing out of the tournament – while Greece, with whom they had drawn 1-1 in their second outing, advanced to the last eight.
• Spain went into the teams' UEFA EURO 2004™ meeting in Porto as favourites and took a 28th-minute lead through Fernando Morientes. However, Angelos Charisteas's 66th-minute strike earned a share of the spoils for Otto Rehhagel's Greece side.
• The lineups for that fixture on 16 June 2004 were:
Greece: Antonios Nikopolidis, Giourkas Seitaridis, Michalis Kapsis, Traianos Dellas, Panagiotis Fyssas (Stylianos Venetidis), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Demis Nikolaidis), Theodoros Zagorakis, Georgios Karagounis (Vasilios Tsiartas), Konstantinos Katsouranis, Zisis Vryzas, Angelos Charisteas.
Spain: Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Iván Helguera, Carlos Marchena, Raúl Bravo, Joseba Etxeberria (Joaquín Sánchez), David Albelda, Rubén Baraja, Vicente Rodríguez, Fernando Morientes (Juan Carlos Valerón), Raúl González (Fernando Torres).
• Greece and Spain also met in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™. Spain prevailed 2-0 in their opening qualifier in Athens on 7 September 2002, Raúl González (eight minutes) and Juan Carlos Valerón (77) the scorers. However, Greece then surprised the Spanish with a 1-0 victory in Zaragoza on 7 June 2003. Stelios Giannakopoulos's 42nd-minute goal gave Greece their first win against Spain and they went on to top the group ahead of their opponents.
• Spain boast a strong overall record against Greece, having won six and lost only one of their previous nine encounters.
• Luis Aragonés's Selección came from behind twice to win 3-2 when the countries met most recently, in Thessaloniki on 22 August last year.
• Greece led 2-1 at the break, goals from Theofanis Gekas (19 minutes) and Konstantinos Katsouranis (44) sandwiching Carlos Marchena's effort (38), but David Silva struck Spain's second equaliser in the 68th minute before getting a last-minute winner. The match marked the international farewell of Theodoros Zagorakis, Greece's captain at UEFA EURO 2004™.
• The teams that day were:
Greece: Antonios Nikopolidis (Konstantinos Chalkias), Giourkas Seitaridis (Loukas Vintra), Traianos Dellas (Paraskevas Antzas), Michalis Kapsis, Vassilis Torosidis (Christos Patsatzoglou), Angelos Basinas (Alexandros Tziolis), Georgios Karagounis, Theodoros Zagorakis (Ioannis Goumas), Konstantinos Katsouranis (Dimitrios Papadopoulos), Theofanis Gekas, Dimitrios Salpingidis.
Spain: Pepe Reina, Ángel López, Carlos Marchena, Juanito Gutiérrez, Mariano Pernía, David Silva, Xavi Hernández (Luis García), David Albelda (Xabi Alonso), Joaquín Sánchez (Cesc Fabregas), David Villa (Miguel Ángel Angulo), Fernando Torres (Andrés Iniesta).