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

Lineups

Greece

Greece

Romania

Romania

1Karnezis (GK)1Lobonţ (GK)
2Maniatis
77
2Măţel
5Siovas
40
3Raţ (C)
90+3
6Tziolis5Bourceanu
27
75
7Samaras6Gardoş
9Mitroglou
14
67
80
9Marica
14Salpingidis
21
10C. Tănase
87
15Torosidis11Torje
75
19Papastathopoulos15Goian
43
20Holebas19Stancu
19
21Katsouranis (C)
62
86
21Cociş
35

Substitutes

12Kapino (GK)12Pantilimon (GK)
3Tzavellas4Luchin
4Manolas7Grozav
75
8Samaris
86
8Lazăr
75
88
90+2
10Karagounis
77
13Grigore
11Vyntra14Latovlevici
16Christodoulopoulos16Nicoliţă
17Gekas
80
20Maxim
87

Coaches

Fernando Santos (POR) Victor Piţurcă (ROU)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Press kits

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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