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Football: World Cup European zone play-off results

Results from World Cup European zone play-off second leg matches on Tuesday (first leg scores in brackets; kick-offs GMT): At Bucharest Romania 1 (Torosidis 55-og) Greece 1(Mitroglou 23) Greece qualify 4-2 on aggregate At Zagreb Croatia 2 (Mandzukic 27, Srna 47) Iceland 0 Croatia qualify 2-0 on aggregate Playing later At Paris (2000 GMT) France v Ukraine (first leg - 0-2) At Solna (1945) Sweden v Portugal (0-1) afp

Greece beat Romania 3-1 with Mitroglou double

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - Kostas Mitroglou narrowly missed a hat-trick as Greece hit their stride and beat Romania 3-1 in the first leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff tie at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens on Friday. The Olympiakos Piraeus striker volleyed Greece in front after 14 minutes but the visitors hit back four minutes later via Bogdan Stancu's header from a clever Gabriel Torje free-kick.

Football: Greece eye Brazil after beating Romania 3-1

Two goals by Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou lifted Greece to a 3-1 win over Romania in a 2014 World Cup play-off on Friday. A packed crowd of 32,000 at Karaiskakis Stadium, which included Greek President Karolos Papoulias, saw coach Fernando Santos's squad create a convincing victory which provided a good cushion for the return match in Romania on Tuesday. Mitroglou scored one goal in each half and PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis added another in the first half for the Greeks.

Football: Greece eye Brazil after beating Romania 3-1

Two goals by Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou lifted Greece to a 3-1 win over Romania in a 2014 World Cup play-off on Friday. A packed crowd of 32,000 at Karaiskakis Stadium, which included Greek President Karolos Papoulias, saw coach Fernando Santos's squad create a convincing victory which provided a good cushion for the return match in Romania on Tuesday. Mitroglou scored one goal in each half and PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis added another in the first half for the Greeks.

Greece beat Romania 3-1 with Mitroglou double

ATHENS (Reuters) - Kostas Mitroglou scored twice as Greece beat Romania 3-1 in the first leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff tie on Friday at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens. The Olympiakos Piraeus striker volleyed Greece in front after 14 minutes but the visitors hit back four minutes later via Bogdan Stancu's header from a clever Gabriel Torje free-kick.

Football: Collated World Cup play-off results

Collated results of the World Cup play-off, first leg fixtures on Friday: At Reykjavik Iceland 0 Croatia 0 At Lisbon Portugal 1 (Ronaldo 82) Sweden 0 At Kiev Ukraine 2 (Zozulia 61, Yarmolenko 82-pen) France 0 At Piraeus, Greece Greece 3 (Mitroglou 14, 66, Salpingidis 20) Romania 1 (Stancu 19) afp

Football: Greece name squad for final qualifiers

Greece coach Fernando Santos on Friday named a 24-man squad for 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Slovakia on October 11 and Liechtenstein four days later. The Greeks and Bosnia-Herzegovina are level at the top of qualifying Group G with 19 points from eight matches. Santos gave a first call-up to 24-year-old midfielder Andreas Samaris, who has earned a starting position with Greek champions Olympiakos.

Football: Nioplias steps down as Cyprus coach

Cyprus coach Nikos Nioplias has resigned following a disappointing run in World Cup qualification where the minnows are bottom of Group E, the Cypriot football association (CFA) said Thursday. The final straw for the ex-Greek international and former Greece under-21 boss was a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Slovenia on Tuesday. Following that loss and another poor showing against Norway in Oslo last week, the national team was heavily criticised for lacking fight and passion.

Football: Greece names squad for World Cup qualifiers

Greece coach Fernando Santos on Friday named a 24-man squad for next month's 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Liechtenstein on September 6 and Latvia four days later. The Greeks currently sit second in qualifying Group G with 13 points from six matches. Bosnia-Herzegovina top the group with 16 points. Santos gave a first call-up in five years to 31-year-old Atromitos striker Dimitris Papadopoulos.

Football: Burns to play for Jets on loan from Korea

One-time Australian international Nathan Burns has signed a loan deal to play with the Newcastle Jets for part of the new A-League season, the club said on Thursday. His loan deal from South Korea's Incheon United will commence on September 1 following the conclusion of the K-League regular season and end on January 11 next year when he is scheduled to return to his Korean club, the Jets said. Burns, 25, played the first two A-League seasons with Adelaide before being signed by Greek giants AEK Athens in 2008. After four seasons at AEK Athens, Burns moved Incheon in 2012.
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