World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 2nd Leg
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Romania 1-1 Greece (agg 2-4)

Konstantinos Mitroglou celebrates with the corner flag after putting Greece ahead

Greece booked their place at the 2014 World Cup with a 1-1 draw in Romania to complete a 4-2 aggregate play-off win.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, the Greeks soaked up some early pressure before Konstantinos Mitroglou beat the offside trap to put them ahead.

Romania were gifted a bizarre equaliser after the break when Greece defender Jose Holebas's clearance hit Vasilios Torosidis and span into the net.

But Greece saw out the rest of the game to ensure they will be going to Brazil.

Romania's wait to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998 goes on, but Greece are through to their second successive finals, and their third in total.

Fernando Santos's side will head to South America in confident mood - they have now won 18 of their last 24 games and their progress was never seriously in doubt in Bucharest.

Romania, roared on by 50,000 fans at the National Arena, began brightly enough and Gabriel Torje was a menace down their right flank, but Greece remained dangerous on the break.

Home keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu had already denied Holebas before Olympiakos striker Mitroglou, who scored twice in the first leg on Friday, ran clear to slot home his third goal of the tie.

Romania struggled to turn their superior possession into chances but were given hope after 55 minutes thanks to the mix-up between Holebas and Torosidis on the edge of their own area.

That triggered Romania's best spell of the night, but a finish of their own continued to elude them.

For all their possession, Ovidiu Hoban's low drive was the only time they seriously tested Greece keeper Orestis Karnezis in the closing stages and the visitors appeared comfortable long before the final whistle.

Greece coach Fernando Santos:

"I thank God and I thank the players who were fantastic. We are going to Brazil and that's amazing.

"I think it is a great thing for Greece that we are going to our second consecutive World Cup. And certainly this is a huge moment for me, personally."

Line-ups

Romania

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 2Matel
  • 3RatSubstituted forLatovleviciat 26'minutes
  • 8Hoban
  • 6Chiriches
  • 15Goian
  • 11TorjeSubstituted forNiculaeat 56'minutes
  • 19StancuSubstituted forGrozavat 86'minutes
  • 9Marica
  • 10Tanase
  • 20Maxim

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 4Luchin
  • 5Gardos
  • 7Grozav
  • 13Grigore
  • 14Latovlevici
  • 16Nicolita
  • 17Gaman
  • 18Niculae
  • 21Cocis
  • 22Keseru
  • 23Pantilimon

Greece

  • 1Karnezis
  • 15TorosidisSubstituted forVyntraat 72'minutes
  • 20HolebasBooked at 58mins
  • 6TziolisBooked at 89mins
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 5SiovasSubstituted forManolasat 80'minutes
  • 2Maniatis
  • 10KaragounisSubstituted forSamarisat 74'minutes
  • 9MitroglouBooked at 23mins
  • 14Salpingidis
  • 7Samaras

Substitutes

  • 3Tzavellas
  • 4Manolas
  • 8Kone
  • 11Vyntra
  • 12Kapino
  • 13Sifakis
  • 16Christodoulopoulos
  • 17Gekas
  • 18Ninis
  • 21Samaris
  • 22Fortounis
  • 23Tachtsidis
Referee:
Milorad Mazic

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaniaAway TeamGreece
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Romania 1, Greece 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Romania 1, Greece 1.

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Loukas Vyntra.

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

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Greece).

Foul by Alexandru Maxim (Romania).

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

Dorin Goian (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giannis Maniatis (Greece).

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Gheorghe Grozav.

Booking

Alexandros Tziolis (Greece) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gheorghe Grozav (Romania).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Romania. Gheorghe Grozav replaces Bogdan Stancu.

Offside, Romania. Marius Niculae tries a through ball, but Alexandru Maxim is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Bogdan Stancu (Romania) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ovidiu Hoban.

Foul by Ciprian Marica (Romania).

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

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Andreas Samaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Kostas Manolas replaces Dimitrios Siovas because of an injury.

Foul by Cristian Tanase (Romania).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dimitrios Siovas (Greece) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Marius Niculae (Romania) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ovidiu Hoban.

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Georgios Samaras.

Ovidiu Hoban (Romania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andreas Samaris (Greece).

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Andreas Samaris replaces Giorgos Karagounis.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Loukas Vyntra replaces Vasilis Torosidis.

Hand ball by Konstantinos Mitroglou (Greece).

Offside, Romania. Alexandru Maxim tries a through ball, but Ovidiu Hoban is caught offside.

Foul by Alexandru Maxim (Romania).

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

Attempt missed. Iasmin Latovlevici (Romania) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Sokratis (Greece).

Attempt blocked. Cristian Tanase (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandru Maxim.

Offside, Greece. Dimitrios Salpingidis tries a through ball, but Konstantinos Mitroglou is caught offside.

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Orestis Karnezis.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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