Greece faced a tough tie against Romania in the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off round.
Although Romania were the desired opponents from the Greeks' perspective, it would be a difficult nevertheless.
Romania are a disciplined and well-organised team and the opportunity to play in a World Cup is not something they were keen to throw away easily.
Kostas Mitroglou netted twice to inspire Greece to a 3-1 win, leaving his side with one foot in Brazil.
Dimitris Salpingidis scored the second goal, giving the lead back to Greece after the quick equaliser of Bogdan Stancu for Romania.
Mitroglou, who according to the Olympiacos' technical director Pierre Issa will stay with the Greek side until the end of this season, completed the job for Greece - scoring his second and his team's third overall goal to increase the winning margin to two goals, thus making the second leg even easier for Greece.
Of course nothing is yet decided but admittedly Greece are one step closer to the World Cup than Romania - and with a typicaly solid performance of Greece next Tuesday in Bucharest, Fernando Santos and his players will have to start planning the details for their trip to Brazil next summer.
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