Greece vs. Romania: the mother of all battles begins
Two teams will battle for one spot in the 2014 World Cup as Greece take on Romania in the first match of a two-legged playoff.
Greece narrowly missed a chance to automatically qualify for Brazil during the group stage, but 25 points in 10 matches were not enough as Bosnia-Herzegovina matched them and won on a tiebreaker. Still, a perfect record against everyone else in the group secured a second-place finish.
Meanwhile, Romania had less of a chance at a group win with the Netherlands dominating the table. However, they were able to edge Hungary and Turkey with two wins in a row to grab the second spot.
Now the pair will face each other for the right to represent Europe at the World Cup. According to the latest standings, Greece are ranked 15th in the world, some way ahead of Romania in 29th place.
The climate among Greek and Romanian fans is considered as polemic, as both teams want the victory and there is certain to be a lot of excitement throughout the match. According to Greek sports media, there will be a lot of Romanians to attend the Yorgos Karaiskakis National Stadium, many of them currently living and working in Greece.
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