Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg - 15/11/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus
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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

GreeceRomania

Goals scored3
 
1
Total attempts10
 
8
Attempts on target5
 
2
off target3
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed7
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
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: 16/11/13 0.11CET

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