Romania will be Greece’s last hurdle before the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil according to the draw for the two-legged playoffs in the European zone conducted on Monday.
The first match will take place on November 15 at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, with the return scheduled for November 19 in Bucharest.
“Each team has got a 50 percent chance,” commented Greece midfielder Costas Katsouranis, one of the most experienced players in the squad of coach Fernando Santos.
The result of the draw can only be viewed in positive light given that Greece has avoided such opponents as France and Sweden, and has instead landed Romania, which only managed to snatch the second spot of its group from Turkey in the last round of games.
Interestingly, English Premier League club Fulham FC wished Greece luck in the encounters with Romania tweeting the following after the draw: “Giorgos Karagounis and his Greece team will face Romania in the qualifying playoff. Good luck boys!”