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World Cup ...

18.10.2017 01:47 - Leader

Greek national learned on Tuesday (17/10) that its opponent in the barrier of the European zone for qualification in the finals of the World Cup 2018 will be Croatia. The draw took place in Zurich and, apart from the match of Greece with Croatia, the couples Denmark - Ireland, Sweden - Italy and Northern Ireland - Switzerland were also formed. It is reminded that Greece has played in the past twice in a barrage and has scored as many as against Ukraine (2009) and against Romania (2013).

The draw is considered difficult because they said they did not want Italy and Croatia at all, and that Denmark was the most desirable rival. Eventually the conflict with the mighty Italians was avoided, but Greece fell with the second most difficult potential opponent. Croatia has world-class players like Rogac (Barcelona), Montreux (Real), Mantucki (Juventus), Pericic (Inter), Loveren (Liverpool), Vrsaklko (Atletico) and Kramaric ).

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He is currently ranked 18th in the FIFA rankings, 29 places over Greece, 47th. In total, Greece has faced six times in the past in Croatia. From these games the four were official. For the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Greece had a 1-1 draw in Croatia in November 1996 with scorer Demis Nikolaidis and lost 1-0 home in April 1997 with the goal of Davor Sukker.

In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Greece had won a "white" tie in Zagreb's Maximimir in September 2010 and won 2-0 at Karaiskaki in October 2011 with Goce and Samara goals. That result even gave the qualification to the "blue-white". In the two friendly games between the two countries, Greece counts a 3-2 victory in 1999 in the OAKA and a 2-2 draw in 2001 in Varazdin.

In detail, our national score against Croatia: 2 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat. In the qualifiers, Croatia participated in the ninth group and finished second behind Iceland paying the unexpected home draw (1-1) with Finland. However, she secured her participation in the bar, winning the last 2-0 match Ukraine in Kiev.
On the basis of the draw, which first brought Croatia, the first match will be held in Zagreb on 09/11 and the rematch in Athens on 12/11.

Four couples: Northern Ireland-Switzerland, Croatia-Greece, Denmark-Ireland, Sweden-Italy.

The countries that have already qualified in the World Cup are:

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay (South America), Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama (Central, North America and the Caribbean) Egypt, Nigeria (Africa), Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea (Asia).

There are the last matches of the qualifiers in the African area, of which three more finalists and the intercontinental barrage Honduras - Australia, New Zealand - Peru.

The draw of the final phase groups will take place on December 1 in the Kremlin.