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Greece to face Portugal in friendly on May 31

Portugal will host Greece in a pre-World Cup friendly to take place on May 31, just two weeks before the national team’s first game in the finals in Brazil, the Hellenic Football Federation announced on Tuesday.

“This will be a very important test for our team,” said Greece’s Portuguese coach Fernando Santos, “as against a very strong opponent we will be able to assess the level of our readiness just a few days before we start our games for the World Cup.”

He further told the federation’s website (epo.gr) that the friendly against his own country will introduce the national team to the level of difficulty it will face in Brazil, when it faces Colombia, Japan and the Ivory Coast.

The venue to host the match and the exact time will be determined later.

Greece also intends to play at least two more friendly games ahead of the World Cup finals.