Greece's players celebrate after scoring against Latvia during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus near Athens September 10, 2013.) (Photo : REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Portugal and Sweden has Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic. Iceland and Croatia has a Cinderella story. France and Ukraine will revisit one another after a matchup in the 2012 Euro Cup. What storyline does Romania and Greece have? Nothing on the level of the aforementioned matchups.
The two nations are likely excited to have drawn against one another. Romania could have gotten Ukraine, Portugal, or Croatia - all of the teams would have been uncontested favorite against Romania. Greece could have gotten a game with France, Sweden, or Iceland - any of those games would have been tougher for the Greeks.
"It could be a very good playoff. Both teams have the same ambitions, Romania are a strong side and have improved in recent years... it will be a tough playoff for both teams but I think Greece can go through," said Greece coach Fernando Santos according to ESPN.
Greece tied with Bosnia and Herzegovina for the top spot in Group G but lost on goal differential. The team managed with eight wins, one loss and one draw; both the tie and loss came against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team's most outstanding stat through 10 games was the four goals against; only Spain conceded less goals while only three other teams matches the feat.
Meanwhile Romania finished second in the group behind the Netherlands thanks to a Dutch win over Turkey on the final day of qualifying. The team managed six wins, one draw, and three losses but conceded 12 goals in 10 games.
Greece is the favorite here due to its terrific defense.