Greece took a huge step towards qualifying for Brazil’s World Cup next year in the first leg of the World Cup European Playoffs.
The Greek side was considered the favorites, however, not by a huge margin. Although they were able to come out on top against Romania by a 3-1 score, the most impressive thing about the game was the confident display showed by the hosts.
One player that stood above all was Olympiakos’ striker Konstantinos Mitroglou. The forward scored two of the three goals in the win on Friday, but most importantly, he was the most dangerous player on a team that showed they were ready to compete from the start of the game. Mitroglou started the season scoring goals for fun, and has yet to stop, as he’s quickly becoming one of the most prolific strikers in the continent.
Through 16 matches so far this season in all competitions, Mitroglou has already found the back of the net 21 times. The record is even better with the National Team, where he has netted four goals since the start of the campaign. Much of Greece’s qualifying hopes rely on their offensive power, and there’s a heavy load on Mitroglou’s shoulders; so far, he has been exceeding the expectations.
The second leg of the playoff tie against Romania still needs to be played. Even if Greece has a two-goal advantage, the Romanian side will play on their own turf, so they could turn things around thanks to the support of their fans. If Greece wants to have a chance, Mitroglou will need to be very sharp to score on a game where he should have few chances to create something.
He has been able to live up to the hype, and there’s nothing that suggests he won’t continue being one of the most deadly strikers in the world this season.