Konstantinos Mitroglou scored twice as Greece built a deserved World Cup play-off first-leg advantage with victory over Romania in Athens.

The Olympiakos striker, 25, volleyed an opener and struck again to add to Dimitris Salpingidis's close-range finish as Greece recorded a seventh successive win.

Romania, who had Costin Lazar sent off in stoppage time, were briefly level through Bogdan Stancu's header.

The sides meet on Tuesday in Bucharest.

Greece in mean form

Greece have won seven matches in a row, with Romania's goal in Athens the only one they have conceded in those games.

Greece missed out on automatically qualifying for Brazil 2014 as a result of inferior goal difference to Group G winners Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Fernando Santos's side had not conceded in six outings ahead of the visit of Romania and their fine form continued when Mitroglou volleyed in after a superb delivery from Salpingidis on 14 minutes.

Stancu leapt to convert Gabriel Torje's free-kick just two minutes later and give the Group D runners-up an away goal, but Salpingidis capped an engrossing opening quarter with a tap-in to restore the home lead.

The Euro 2004 winners continued to control proceedings and Celtic's Georgios Samaras could have extended the advantage, before Mitroglou added his 19th goal for club and country this season.

He latched on to Kostas Katsouranis's flick-on to put the result on the night beyond doubt with a powerful finish and could have scored a third, but for good goalkeeping by Bogdan Lobont.

Greece captain Katsouranis was booked and will miss the second leg, as will Romania's Lazar, who saw red in injury time for a second bookable offence.

Greece coach Fernando Santos:

"The players worked very hard and this paid off.

"But we can't go into the next match acting like we have the advantage. That would be risky. We are going to fight very hard to stay ahead.''

Romania coach Victor Piturca:

"I expected a difficult night and that's what it was.

"They took the lead so quickly after the equalizer. And I don't want to talk about the third goal. It looked like something that happens in a school playground."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Greece

  • 01 Karnezis
  • 15 Torosidis
  • 20 Holebas
  • 06 Tziolis
  • 19 Papastathopoulos
  • 05 Siovas Booked
  • 02 Maniatis (Karagounis - 77' )
  • 21 Katsouranis Booked (Samaris - 86' )
  • 09 Mitroglou (Gekas - 80' )
  • 14 Salpingidis
  • 07 Samaras

Substitutes

  • 03 Tzavellas
  • 04 Manolas
  • 08 Samaris
  • 10 Karagounis
  • 11 Vyntra
  • 12 Kapino
  • 13 Sifakis
  • 16 Christodoulopoulos
  • 17 Gekas
  • 18 Ninis
  • 22 Fortounis
  • 23 Tachtsidis

Romania

  • 01 Lobont
  • 02 Matel
  • 03 Rat Booked
  • 05 Bourceanu Booked (Lazar - 75' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 06 Gardos
  • 15 Goian Booked
  • 11 Torje (Grozav - 75' )
  • 21 Cocis Booked
  • 09 Marica
  • 19 Stancu
  • 10 Tanase (Maxim - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Luchin
  • 07 Grozav
  • 08 Lazar
  • 12 Pantilimon
  • 13 Grigore
  • 14 Latovlevici
  • 16 Nicolita
  • 17 Gaman
  • 18 Niculae
  • 20 Maxim
  • 22 Hoban
  • 23 Keseru
Ref: Pedro Proença

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

5 1

Corners

4 2

Fouls

9 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Greece 3, Romania 1.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Greece 3, Romania 1.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Greece) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +3:32

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Bogdan Lobont.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking Razvan Rat (Romania) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:13

Foul by Razvan Rat (Romania).

90:00 +2:13

Sokratis (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:57 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Costin Lazar (Romania) for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Costin Lazar (Romania).

90:00 +0:52

Jose Holebas (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:54

Alexandru Maxim (Romania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:54

Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Greece).

88:56

Offside, Greece. Giorgos Karagounis tries a through ball, but Theofanis Gekas is caught offside.

88:29

Foul by Alexandru Maxim (Romania).

88:29

Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:17 Booking

Booking Costin Lazar (Romania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:50

Foul by Costin Lazar (Romania).

86:50

Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Romania. Alexandru Maxim replaces Cristian Tanase.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Greece. Andreas Samaris replaces Konstantinos Katsouranis.

84:55

Foul by Cristian Tanase (Romania).

84:55

Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:55

Razvan Cocis (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:55

Foul by Konstantinos Katsouranis (Greece).

80:15

Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitrios Salpingidis.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Greece. Theofanis Gekas replaces Konstantinos Mitroglou.

78:06

Foul by Gheorghe Grozav (Romania).

78:06

Giorgos Karagounis (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Greece. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Giannis Maniatis.

74:58

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

74:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Romania. Gheorghe Grozav replaces Gabriel Torje.

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Romania. Costin Lazar replaces Alexandru Bourceanu.

73:39

Attempt missed. Bogdan Stancu (Romania) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Torje with a cross.

72:00

Attempt blocked. Georgios Samaras (Greece) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Katsouranis.

71:00

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

70:52

Attempt saved. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandros Tziolis with a through ball.

70:05

Foul by Cristian Tanase (Romania).

70:05

Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Greece 3, Romania 1. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Konstantinos Katsouranis with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

65:15

Foul by Gabriel Torje (Romania).

65:15

Jose Holebas (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:28 Booking

Booking Konstantinos Katsouranis (Greece) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:18

Ciprian Marica (Romania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:18

Foul by Konstantinos Katsouranis (Greece).

60:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:39

Delay in match Sokratis (Greece) because of an injury.

59:08

Foul by Bogdan Stancu (Romania).

59:08

Sokratis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:10

Foul by Florin Gardos (Romania).

58:10

Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:26

Attempt missed. Alexandru Bourceanu (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Tanase.

56:18

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Alexandru Matel.

55:13

Offside, Romania. Dorin Goian tries a through ball, but Razvan Rat is caught offside.

50:50

Foul by Razvan Rat (Romania).

50:50

Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:13

Hand ball by Ciprian Marica (Romania).

45:00

Second Half begins Greece 2, Romania 1.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Greece 2, Romania 1.

43:44

Foul by Razvan Rat (Romania).

43:44

Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:29 Booking

Booking Dorin Goian (Romania) is shown the yellow card.

41:18

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

41:13

Attempt blocked. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:15 Booking

Booking Dimitrios Siovas (Greece) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:10

Ciprian Marica (Romania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:10

Foul by Dimitrios Siovas (Greece).

38:47

Gabriel Torje (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Greece).

38:12

Attempt missed. Razvan Cocis (Romania) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cristian Tanase.

37:45

Gabriel Torje (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:45

Foul by Giannis Maniatis (Greece).

36:15

Attempt missed. Gabriel Torje (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Tanase.

35:31

Attempt missed. Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitrios Salpingidis.

34:52 Booking

Booking Razvan Cocis (Romania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:49

Foul by Razvan Cocis (Romania).

34:49

Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:32

Hand ball by Orestis Karnezis (Greece).

30:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:41

Delay in match Giannis Maniatis (Greece) because of an injury.

28:19

Offside, Romania. Cristian Tanase tries a through ball, but Bogdan Stancu is caught offside.

27:36

Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Greece) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Konstantinos Katsouranis.

27:22

Attempt blocked. Ciprian Marica (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bogdan Stancu.

25:55 Booking

Booking Alexandru Bourceanu (Romania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:48

Foul by Alexandru Bourceanu (Romania).

25:48

Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:20

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Jose Holebas.

24:23

Giannis Maniatis (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:23

Foul by Bogdan Stancu (Romania).

22:38

Foul by Alexandru Matel (Romania).

22:38

Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Greece 2, Romania 1. Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vasilis Torosidis.

18:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Greece 1, Romania 1. Bogdan Stancu (Romania) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Torje with a cross following a set piece situation.

17:30

Ciprian Marica (Romania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:30

Foul by Vasilis Torosidis (Greece).

15:39

Foul by Dorin Goian (Romania).

15:39

Dimitrios Salpingidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:01

Foul by Cristian Tanase (Romania).

15:01

Vasilis Torosidis (Greece) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Greece 1, Romania 0. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitrios Salpingidis with a through ball.

12:38

Foul by Gabriel Torje (Romania).

12:38

Georgios Samaras (Greece) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:55

Attempt missed. Gabriel Torje (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ciprian Marica with a headed pass.

0:46

Cristian Tanase (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:46

Foul by Alexandros Tziolis (Greece).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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