Arena Națională - Bucharest 19/11/2013 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg

Romania - Greece
1-1
Aggregate: 2-4
 

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Mitroglou strikes again as Greece oust Romania

Published: Wednesday 20 November 2013
Romania 1-1 Greece (agg: 2-4)
Vassilis Torossidis's own goal nullified Kostas Mitroglou's opener but there was no dramatic comeback as the visitors sealed a FIFA World Cup spot.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Bucharest
Mitroglou strikes again as Greece oust Romania
Greece celebrate after beating Romania to qualify for the World Cup ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Romania
Greece

1

Goals scored

1

10

Total attempts

4

4

Attempts on target

3

5

off target

1

4

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

2

2

Offsides

3

0

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

13

12

Fouls suffered

12

Standings

  
Published: Wednesday 20 November 2013

Mitroglou strikes again as Greece oust Romania

Romania 1-1 Greece (agg: 2-4)
Vassilis Torossidis's own goal nullified Kostas Mitroglou's opener but there was no dramatic comeback as the visitors sealed a FIFA World Cup spot.

Greece will participate at next summer's finals in Brazil after a 1-1 draw in their 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off second leg with Romania earned them a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Vassilis Torossidis's 55th-minute own goal may have given Romania a glimmer of hope by cancelling out Kostas Mitroglou's 23rd-minute opener, but there was to be no dramatic fightback in Bucharest. Indeed, Fernando Santos's side were rarely troubled as they strolled into only their third World Cup finals.

Aware that their away goal in Piraeus on Friday could prove decisive, Romania took the game to their opponents. But after weathering the initial storm, it was Greece that dominated, keen to swell their 3-1 aggregate advantage. Goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu saved well from José Holebas's angled drive and Giorgios Samaras headed narrowly wide before the breakthrough. 

Predictably, it was the prolific Mitroglou that got the opener midway through the first half. The striker, who scored twice in Greece's first-leg win, had all the time in the world after springing the offside trap and made it count, carefully picking out the bottom corner with a cool finish. It was his 23rd goal in all competitions this season and Tătăruşanu had no chance.

Ten minutes into the second period, Romania were handed the most unlikely lifeline. Alexandru Maxim's clever dummy caused chaos on the edge of the Greece area and Torossidis hooked his hurried attempted clearance into the top corner of his own goal.

Orestis Karnezis saved well from Ovidiu Hoban as Romania attacked furiously in a bid to wipe out the two-goal deficit, but that was their only clear-cut opportunity against a resilient Greek defence that stood strong to earn the spoils.

Last updated: 08/05/14 1.45CET

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