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Greece secure World Cup place with 1-1 draw

Greece celebrate qualification. (©GettyImages)
Greece celebrate qualification. (©GettyImages).

Greece booked their ticket to the 2014 Brazil World Cup with a 4-2 aggregate win over Romania.

Fernando Santos' side went into the second-leg in Bucharest with a 3-1 lead and secured qualification with a 1-1 draw.

Greece took the lead half-way through the first half after Konstantinos Mitroglou beat the Romanian offside trap and slotted a cool finish past Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Mitroglou's strike meant Greece had one foot on the plane to Brazil as it gave them the away goal needed to equal Romania's from the home leg.

With that in mind, Greece maintained possession and frustrated the Romanians who were desperate to spark a miraculous comeback.

However, Romania eventually got their equaliser thanks to a huge slice of luck.

The Greece defence was dealing with a Romania attack when a defensive mix-up meant Jose Holebas clattered into team-mate Vasileios Torosidis and the attempted clearance flew past Greece goalkeeper, Orestis Karnezis.

Romania then pressed for a second goal but Greece stood resilient, clearing many corners and keeping the Romanians at bay.

The final whistle saw scenes of jubilation and relief from the Greek supporters and players alike.

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