National coach John van ‘t Schip of Greece was very pleased with the 1-1 draw in and against Spain in the World Cup qualification on Thursday. The beautiful result came on the day that the Greeks celebrated two hundred years of independence.
“It is a great result, I am happy for the team and the people in Greece, especially on this special day”, Van ‘t Schip told Ziggo Sport.
On March 25, 1821, after a long struggle, the Greeks gained their independence from the Ottoman Empire, creating what is now Greece. The date is a national holiday in the Southern European country.
“The most important thing in the game against Spain was that, just like two hundred years ago, we fought against a bigger opponent. We showed that we are a team and fought to the end,” the national coach drew a comparison. “Of course Spain dominated the game, but we gave away few chances.”
Greece scores with a single attempt
Spain had no less than 77 percent possession in Granada, but rarely got through the tight Greek defense. The 2010 World Champion produced just five goal attempts.
Greece itself only got one shot on target. Anastasios Bakasetas equalized from a penalty kick in the 57th minute. “I am happy for him that he now scored. With this he makes up for his missed penalty against Kosovo,” said Van ‘t Schip in the Greek newspaper. Journal.
With that, the national coach referred to a Nations League game that ended in 0-0 last year. In the Nations League, Greece disappointed by not being promoted from group C.
A cross from VVV striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is blocked by the Spaniard Sergio Canales.
Van ‘t Schip happy with substitute Giakoumakis
Eredivisie top scorer Giorgos Giakoumakis of VVV-Venlo was allowed to come in from Van ‘t Schip in the final phase and played his third international match. The national coach was very satisfied with all five of his substitutes.
“As the game progressed, we gained more self-confidence. The substitutes contributed a lot to that,” said Van ‘t Schip. “If we learned anything today, it is that Greece is very resilient.”
On Sunday, Greece will play friendly against Honduras and three days later a home game with Georgia in the World Cup qualification is scheduled.
The Van ‘t Schip team is also in the group with Sweden and Kosovo. “Despite the top performance tonight, little changes in our starting position”, said the trainer. “Spain remains the favorite and we have to fight for the points every game.”
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