Football / World Cup USA '94: Greeks play out 'tragedy' Spain expose

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'THE DREAM that Greek soccer had awaited for 64 years turned into a nightmare,' the Communist daily newspaper Rizospastis said yesterday following the Greek team's World Cup debut which resulted in a 4-0 rout by Argentina at the Foxboro Stadium in Boston on Tuesday. It was the biggest defeat so far at the tournament.

'Greek tragedy in just 83 seconds,' the English-language Athens News fulminated on its front page. Gabriel Batistuta scored three goals, one from a penalty in the game's final minute, with Diego Maradona netting the fourth.

'Nerves brought on the four goals in our national team's debut,' the conservative Apogevmatini wrote.