Greece Beats Bolivia 2-1 in World Cup Prep

Greece - Bolivia

Greece won 2-1 against Bolivia in a friendly World Cup warm-up game at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, June 7.

Greece ‘s nearly four-game goalless path ended on Friday night when the Greek National Team scored two goals against Bolivia, before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.

Panagiotis Kone scored the first goal for Greece on the 21st minute of the game while Katsouranis sealed Greece’s win against Bolivia in the second half.

Greece coach Fernando Santos opted to keep star forward Kostas Mitroglou on the bench and start his backup, Theofanis Gekas, who missed three good scoring chances before he was replaced in the 65th minute.

“Normally, we score,” Greece’s Portuguese coach Fernando Santos said through a translator. “It’s not a relief (to score). I would say we’re satisfied because we capitalized on the opportunities that we made.

“Today we had the opportunities and we scored. In the other games we had some opportunities, but unfortunately we didn’t score.”

But the win will no-doubt boost the 2004 European champions` confidence as they ended a goal drought that had stretched through two matches, against Portugal and Nigeria this the past week.

The 20th FIFA World Cup begins on June 12 and ends on July 13. Participating in the tournament are teams of 31 nations along with Brazil. A total of 64 matches will take place in 12 cities of Brazil. The first game for Greece is against Colombia on June 14.