TIBLISI, Georgia (AP) – Greece reached its third straight European Championship on Tuesday after substitute Giorgos Fotakis and veteran Angelos Charisteas scored late goals to secure a 2-1 win over Georgia in their final qualifier.
Fotakis blasted a shot past Georgia goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili from outside the area in the 79th minute to equalize and Charisteas added the winner six minutes later. A draw had been enough to put Greece through.
David Targamadze had put the Georgians ahead in the 19th minute with a pinpoint free kick that bounced past Greek goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas. Targamadze was then injured and carried off the pitch after coach Temuri Ketsbaia had made all three substitutions, leaving his team with 10 men for the last 20 minutes.
The Greeks clung to their Group F lead, with second-placed Croatia beating Latvia 2-0 at home.