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World Cup play-off: Romania striker Razvan Cocis confident ahead of Greece date

Last Updated: 15/11/13 7:14pm

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Romania striker Razvan Cocis believes his team-mates have what it takes to crack one of the meanest defences in the business and book their nation's place in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998.

Romania take on Greece in Athens on Friday in the first of their two-legged play-off to determine which team will go to Brazil next summer and Cocis is well aware of the size of the task ahead.

Greece missed out on an automatic place in Brazil after finishing runners-up to Bosnia in Group G but they emerged with their reputation for strong defence intact after conceding just four goals in their 10 group games.

Cocis told reporters: "This is without doubt the most important and challenging tie of our careers. We really want to get to the World Cup and we will play with all our strength to get there.

"We know Greece's style of play - it is a team that plays defensively and tries to wait for its opponents to make a mistake and capitalise. Our goal is to score in the first game, but even if we draw 0-0 it is a good result for us."

Victor Piturca's side have been hit with a series of blows in the build-up to the game with captain Vlad Chiriches ruled out of the first leg with a nose injury while midfielder Mihai Pintilii was injured on Champions League duty last week.

In addition, regular number one goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu is still struggling to shake off a back injury and new Manchester City No.1 Costel Pantilimon has been called in as a potential replacement.

Piturca said: "Greece are an extremely strong and pragmatic team who play in a remarkable way in order to get results. But we will have our chances and we will go for it."

Greece coach Fernando Santos has emphasised his team's defensive capabilities in the build-up to the first leg and believes his experienced players will hold the key to victory.

Santos said: "We have a lot of experienced players who will know how to win the first match without conceding a goal. The Romanians are an excellent team, but I believe we will be the ones to make it through."

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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