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FIFA World Cup Europe Play-Off Preview: Romania v Greece

17 November 2013 19:31

Romania will look to their fine recent home form as they enter Tuesday's FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg with Greece 3-1 down.

In the past 12 months, Romania have won five out of seven encounters on home soil, beating the likes of Belgium and Australia, who will be at next year's tournament in Brazil.

A double from Konstantinos Mitroglou sandwiched an effort from Dimitris Salpingidis in Athens on Friday, Romania's away goal - which could prove crucial - coming courtesy of Bogdan Stancu.

Romania have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches in Bucharest, and Salpingidis is wary of a tough test on Tuesday.

"Of course - in theory - we have the best chance to qualify, especially after we won the first match with a two-goal difference," said the Greece forward.

"However, the distance between winning and losing is very small, especially in big football games.

"We have to be careful in Bucharest; we have an extremely difficult mission there."

Greece coach Fernando Santos has led his side to seven consecutive victories and they have only suffered defeat once in 15 matches.

Santos will hope Mitroglou continues his rich vein of goalscoring form, which has seen the 25-year-old score seven times in as many appearances for club and country.

The Olympiacos striker was the star performer in the first leg and the Romanian defence was unable to keep him under control.

Victor Piturca is without his captain Vlad Chiriches due to the defender's broken nose.

Both sides have a player suspended for the match, although Romania may not miss midfielder Alexandru Bourceanu as much as the visitors will miss captain Kostas Katsouranis.

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1 - 1

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
19 November 2013
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
Arena Naţională (Bucureşti)
Attendance
49793

Goals

0 - 1
23' K. Mitroglou
 (assist by V. Torosidis)
V. Torosidis (OG) 55'  
1 - 1

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