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Celtic star Samaras delighted with Greece win

Celtic's Georgios Samaras insists his side deserved their first World Cup finals victory after defeating Nigeria 2-1 on Thursday.

After a disappointing opening group stage loss to South Korea, Greece were not expected to grab all three points against the Nigerians but now they find themselves in a position to reach the second phase of the tournament provided they can defeat Korea in Durban on Tuesday.

Samaras said it was a great moment for Greek football but said that the celebrations would have to wait as they prepare for another vital match.

"We have a very good team and I just try to do my best. We deserved to win because we worked really hard," he said.

"They are an African team with a lot of strength with power and pace. We pushed ourselves to the limit.

"This is a good moment for us. I never feel pressure. I am positive about football, every single day, every single minute.

"We want to enjoy it but there is not time for celebration.

"We have a flight back to Durban in the morning and then training. We have only four days to prepare for the next game (against Argentina)."

Andrew Slevison
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