As the National Team of Cyprus, we may not be able to see any team from above, however, in tonight's game (21:45, RIK) mistakes are forbidden and victory is an imperative!
Against Malta, in the context of the 4th match of the 8th group for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the game will certainly not be easy but the players of our representative team have the first reason for the victory, as long as they prove it on the field. .
Guided by their presence in the games of last March, when Nikos Kostenoglou coached the National team for the first time, our internationals want to achieve victory today and make their points seven, in order to hope for the best possible scoring.
Our National team completed last night its preparation for today's match with a training session that took place at the Ta 'Qali stadium where the game will take place. The Greek coach last saw his players training before today's match and drew his own conclusions. His goal is for our representative team to play an occupation game, to have the initiative of the moves and to show from the beginning who is the boss on the field.
This way of playing will force the opponent into a passive role and with the pressure sooner or later cracks will be created in the opponents' frames. At the same time, Kostenoglou wants his players to have overlaps so that the opponent does not do damage in one of the counterattacks he will show.
Yesterday, for the first time, Pieros Sotiriou, Nikolas Ioannou and Grigoris Kastanos trained with the rest of the team, who went directly to Malta.
The others participating in the mission are the following: Konstantinos Sotiriou, Kostakis Artymatas, Dimitris Christofi, Andreas Avraam, Marios Antoniadis, Michalis Ioannou, Onisiforos Rousias, Neophytos Michael, Andreas Karos, Dimitris Kaotros, Dimitris Chaotros Theodos Dimitriou, Marios Ilias, Thomas Ioannou, Konstantinos Panagi, Loizos Loizou, Fotis Papoulis, Marinos Tzionis, Panagiotis Zachariou, Paris Psaltis, Nikolas Panagiotou and Alexander Gogic.
The record so far records for our team four points with a victory over Slovenia, a draw with Slovakia and a defeat by Croatia.
Malta has so far managed to draw 2-2 away from Slovakia in the tournament. At home they lost 3-1 to Russia and 3-0 away to Croatia.
The program and the score of the 8th Group:
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