Vieira misses Greece game

Patrick Vieira failed a late fitness test for France’s Euro 2004 quarter-final with Greece at the Estadio Jose Alvalade with Olivier Dacourt getting his second start of the tournament in place of the injured Arsenal midfielder.

Patrick Vieira failed a late fitness test for France’s Euro 2004 quarter-final with Greece at the Estadio Jose Alvalade with Olivier Dacourt getting his second start of the tournament in place of the injured Arsenal midfielder.

Former Leeds midfielder Dacourt, who had a poor game in the 2-2 draw with Croatia, won the vote over Benoit Pedretti to replace Vieira who has been nursing sore muscles in his thigh.

The only other change to the French team that beat Switzerland 3-1 in their last group match was the return of Chelsea’s William Gallas at right-back in place of Willy Sagnol whose tournament is over with a broken left arm.

For Greece Demis Nikolaidis came in for the suspended Zissis Vryzas alongside Angelos Charisteas up front while Bolton’s Stelios Giannakopoulos failed a late fitness test and started on the bench.

Greece, competing in the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time, are considered the outsiders in a match with the defending champions for the right to play the winners of the quarter-final between the Czech Republic and Denmark in the semi-finals.

France: Barthez, Gallas, Thuram, Silvestre, Lizarazu, Zidane, Makelele, Dacourt, Pires, Henry, Trezeguet.

Subs: Coupet, Landreau, Boumsong, Vieira, Desailly, Saha, Wiltord, Rothen, Pedretti, Sagnol, Marlet, Govou.

Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fissas, Zagorakis, Basinas, Karagounis, Nikolaidis, Katsouranis, Charisteas.

Subs: Chalkias, Katergiannakis, Venetidis, Dabizas, Giannakopoulos, Tsiartas, Kafes, Georgiadis, Goumas, Papadopoulos, Lakis.

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden).

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