The National Team of Greece made a very good and convincing appearance against Northern Ireland in the first match of the Nations League. It got a big double with 1-0 in Belfast against a key competitor for the top of the group. Tassos Bakasetas was the & # 8220; hero & # 8221 ;, as he scored the winning goal in the 39th minute. Thus, Greece started with a three-pointer in the time of Gustavo Poget in an official game.
Greece had the upper hand in the first 45 minutes of the match and managed in the 39th minute to take the lead of the game. Northern Ireland picked up the pace after the 55th minute, but the National team withstood the pressure of the hosts, without being particularly threatened and got the three-pointer.
Occupation and control in a & # 8217; part
The National started the game in a 4-3-3 formation. Rota was chosen by Gustavo Poget instead of Kotsiras, Bouchalakis, with Siopis and Bouchalakis moving on the axis, with Mandalos, Limnios at the attacking ends and Giakoumakis at the top.
From his first minutes Northern Ireland pushed high on the pitch trying to create problems in the National. Gradually, Gustavo Poget's players took possession of the ball. They were trying to move from behind and determine the pace of the fight.
Greece was not threatened in the first part, but it was difficult to create. The first good moment of the National was recorded in the 22nd minute. Bakasetas made a nice cross from the right, Giakoumakis pressed hard, got up, took the head, but did not give direction to the ball as he would have liked. This is how Picc Farrell blocked it.
Bacacetas gave Greece the lead
Greece continued to have possession and circulate the ball. Therefore, it was logical that she would find the time to score. He did succeed in the 39th minute. Limnios carried the ball nicely from the right, broke it on the axis to Bacaceta, who had space. He shot with his right hand to the edge of the area and sent the ball into the net for 1-0.
The National team confirmed its superiority in the first part and even had another good moment before & # 8217; the end of the first part. Tsimikas stole the ball and went against. He was late, he gave to Bacaceta and he in turn to Rota, who with a shot from the right of the area was missed at 45 + 1 & # 8242 ;.
Greece endured until the final for the double
The National entered the b & # 8217; part, as the first one ended. Control the pace and possession of the ball. In fact, in the 62nd minute, a great opportunity was lost for Greece. After a nice cross by Limni from the right, that for a while Giakoumakis did not find the ball to send it into the net. Gradually and after 55 & # 8242; the hosts held longer. They were trying to put pressure on our representative band and step on the area. On the other hand, Gustavo Poget's players were looking for options in the counter attack.
Greece was showing signs of fatigue. This was seen by mistake in the 67th minute in the heart of the defense, but McGinn's shot on the move did not worry Vlachodimos. Poget tried to refresh the lineup and give a more inhibitory direction. Thus, he replaced Limnios with Hatzigiovanis, Giakoumakis with Pavlidis and Bakasetas with Kourbelis.
Poget's team could not hold the ball, with the game to go at a faster pace, which suited the Northern Irish who wanted to push. The Uruguayan made the National team even more defensive with Tzavellas replacing Siopis. Greece made another change with Baldock's debut being a fact. Until the last whistle, the National endured and celebrated an important double.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Pick-Farrell, Bradley, Evans, Ballard , Lane, McNair, Davis, Saville, McCann, Levry, White
GREECE: Vlachodimos, Tsimikas, Rota, Mavropanos, Hatzidiakos, Siopis, Bakasetas, Bouchalakis, Limnios, Mandalos, Giakoumakis
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