Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus 15/11/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg

Greece - Romania
3-1

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Greece in command against Romania

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.32CET
Greece 3-1 Romania
Kostas Mitroglou struck either side of a Dimitris Salpingidis goal to give Fernando Santos's charges the advantage ahead of Tuesday's return.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis
Greece in command against Romania
The in-form Kostas Mitroglou celebrates one of his two goals ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Greece
Romania

3

Goals scored

1

10

Total attempts

8

5

Attempts on target

2

3

off target

5

2

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

2

1

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

6

0

Red Cards

1

7

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

7

Standings

  
Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.32CET

Greece in command against Romania

Greece 3-1 Romania
Kostas Mitroglou struck either side of a Dimitris Salpingidis goal to give Fernando Santos's charges the advantage ahead of Tuesday's return.

Greece are in control of their FIFA World Cup play-off tie with Romania after a 3-1 first-leg victory in Piraeus.

Olympiacos FC forward Kostas Mitroglou continued his fine UEFA Champions League form with the 14th-minute opener in his home stadium. Romania promptly responded through Bogdan Stancu – the first goal Greece have conceded since 22 March – though they were level for only two minutes before Dimitris Salpingidis re-established the hosts' lead.

Mitroglou's second after the interval and a late red card for Romania's substitute Costin Lazăr means it is advantage Greece ahead of Tuesday's decider in Bucharest.

Mitroglou set Fernando Santos's team on their way with a cool right-footed finish following a clever lobbed pass from Salpingidis. Romania's reply was swift. Gabriel Torje delivered a free-kick and Stancu angled a header past Orestis Karnezis.

Parity, though, was fleeting as Salpingidis tapped in his 13th international goal, the PAOK FC forward getting on the end of a right-wing cross by Vassilis Torossidis. Mitroglou's predatory instincts were in evidence again midway through the second half when Kostas Katsouranis nodded the ball down and the No9 shot left-footed, with the aid of a deflection off Dorin Goian, into the net.

Katsouranis and Mitroglou squandered close-range opportunities to make the return leg a potentially more comfortable affair, while at the other end only the alertness of Salpingidis denied Goian a simple finish. In added time, Giorgios Samaras headed narrowly over the crossbar, Lazăr having been dismissed moments earlier for his second late bookable offence.

Last updated: 08/05/14 2.01CET

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