World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 1st Leg
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Greece 3-1 Romania: Konstantinos Mitroglou scores twice in win

Greece beat Romania

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 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."

Line-ups

Greece

  • 1Karnezis
  • 15Torosidis
  • 20Holebas
  • 6Tziolis
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 5SiovasBooked at 40mins
  • 2ManiatisSubstituted forKaragounisat 77'minutes
  • 21KatsouranisBooked at 62minsSubstituted forSamarisat 86'minutes
  • 9MitroglouSubstituted forGekasat 80'minutes
  • 14Salpingidis
  • 7Samaras

Substitutes

  • 3Tzavellas
  • 4Manolas
  • 8Samaris
  • 10Karagounis
  • 11Vyntra
  • 12Kapino
  • 13Sifakis
  • 16Christodoulopoulos
  • 17Gekas
  • 18Ninis
  • 22Fortounis
  • 23Tachtsidis

Romania

  • 1Lobont
  • 2Matel
  • 3RatBooked at 90mins
  • 5BourceanuBooked at 26minsSubstituted forLazarat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Gardos
  • 15GoianBooked at 43mins
  • 11TorjeSubstituted forGrozavat 75'minutes
  • 21CocisBooked at 35mins
  • 9Marica
  • 19Stancu
  • 10TanaseSubstituted forMaximat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Luchin
  • 7Grozav
  • 8Lazar
  • 12Pantilimon
  • 13Grigore
  • 14Latovlevici
  • 16Nicolita
  • 17Gaman
  • 18Niculae
  • 20Maxim
  • 22Hoban
  • 23Keseru
Referee:
Pedro Proença

Match Stats

Home TeamGreeceAway TeamRomania
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Greece 3, Romania 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Greece 3, Romania 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Greece. Conceded by Bogdan Lobont.

  5. Booking

    Razvan Rat (Romania) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Razvan Rat (Romania).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Dismissal

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Costin Lazar (Romania).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Greece).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alexandru Maxim (Romania).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Costin Lazar (Romania).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Romania. Alexandru Maxim replaces Cristian Tanase.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Greece. Andreas Samaris replaces Konstantinos Katsouranis.

As It Stood

A

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

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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