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Modern Greece worships its 11 new gods

HEROES The Greek team's soccer victory in the European Championships managed to unite all Greeks all over the world, coach Otto Rehhagel said

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , LISBON, PORTUGAL

Scolari responded to Greece's goal by putting his team on the attack, removing Costinha, a defensive midfielder, and bringing on Rui Costa, who had lost his starting spot after the first loss to Greece. Scolari then played his final card, using his third and last substitution to bring on Nuno Gomes for Pauleta as the central striker.

Five of Portugal's first six goals in the tournament came from Scolari's substitutes, and Nuno Gomes had scored once as a replacement and Rui Costa twice. But this time, Scolari's magic touch deserted him.

Portugal's next two chances fell to Ronaldo in the penalty area. The first time he shot high, the second time straight into a defender.

The closest Portugal came to a goal was a low shot by Figo in the 89th minute. As it rolled just past the post and toward the wall of Portuguese fans, the host nation's last hopes rolled with it.

"They scored and we didn't," Scolari said.

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