Another playoff match for Russia 2018 in the European zone, Croatia vs Greece, first leg on November 9 in Zagreb, at the Makismir Zagreb stadium, will be officiated by Italian Gianluca Rocchi, the return is played on November 12 at the Greek city of Piraeus in the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, the referee will be the Dutch Bjorm Kuipers.
How do teams get to the play off?
Croatia joined Group I along with Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and debutants in qualifiers Kosovo. He finished second below Iceland with 20 points and 11 goals in favor.
Greece was part of group H along with Belgium, Bosnia, Estonia, Cyprus and the debutant Gibraltar. He won 19 points, 9 points below the qualified Belgium that was the first European team to achieve the pass to Russia 2018 through the elimination system.
Now Greece and Crocia will play UEFA’s playoff for a place in the 2018 World Cup. It is confirmed by reports from news agencies that matches will be played without a visitor’s rostrum.
Greece in the history of the world cup
Greece participated for the first time in the 1994 United States World Cup where it was in the last location of the tournament, then qualified for South Africa 2010 where it managed to be ranked 25 out of 32
The Greek participation in Brazil 2014 is so far its best performance being in 13th place in the second round.
Croatia in the the history of the world cup
The first world cup under the name of Croatia was France 1998 which so far its best participation remaining in the 3rd place of the tournament, then qualified Korea and Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014 where it did not exceed the first round.
Image source wikipedia (Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium)
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