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Australia beat Greece with final kick

AFP, SYDNEY

Greece’s Giannis Gianniotas, center, heads the ball as Apostolos Giannou, left, and Brad Smith of Australia look on at Stadium Australia in Sydney yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

Newly married Mathew Leckie scored with the last kick of the game to give Australia a 1-0 win over Greece in Sydney yesterday.

The Socceroos dominated the friendly, but could not convert that into goals before German-based substitute Leckie scored only his third goal in his 30th international deep into stoppage-time.

Tim Cahill had a goal disallowed only minutes before when a corner was deemed to have crossed the line before the veteran Socceroo headed home and set off on a celebratory run, waving his shirt above his head.

It was only what Australia deserved having dominated possession and chances against a Greece team who missed out qualifying for this month’s Euro 2016 in France.

“There is a lot of talk that I don’t score enough as a forward and I always try and keep it out of my mind and I would like to score more for the national team,” said Leckie, who got married this week. “Lucky enough that I got one today and hopefully I can start a bit of momentum with goals.”

Greece, who are to play Australia again in Melbourne on Tuesday, have an injury worry with their first-choice goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis taken to hospital for X-rays for possible broken ribs after a first-half collision that forced him from the field.

Karnezis came off worse after a heavy collision with Australia captain Mile Jedinak going for a high corner midway through the opening half, and was subsequently replaced by Stefanos Kapino.

In international friendlies on Friday, Switzerland defeated Moldova 2-1 in Lugano, Switzerland; Romania thrashed Georgia 5-1 in Bucharest; while in Bergamo, Italy, Albania lost to Ukraine 3-1.

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