Greece vs Armenia, Tuesday’s game for the qualifying round, Group J, for the EURO 2020 Qualifiers, in the Olympic Stadium of Athens.
After two away matches in the first double round of qualifying for Euro 2020, the Greeks have the opportunity to play again at home. Their debut as a home-team in the tournament, however, was disastrous. On Saturday, June 8, they were run over by the Italians. They lost 3 to 0.
The visiting team needed just over half an hour of ball rolling to set the showdown. Barella (23 minutes), Insigne (30) and Bonucci (33) scored goals for the Azurra, who had 63% possession of the ball throughout the match, created 16 opportunities to finish and sent ten balls to the target.
Greece’s national team practically watched the action of the rivals without reacting. It had only four attempts at goal, two of them in the direction of the target. It was the second defeat in a row, the team also played a friendly match against Turkey before the double matchday for the Euro 2020 qualifiers and was beaten 2-1 by home rivals.
After missing out on the first round of qualifying matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina (2-1, away) and Finland (2-0, home), Armenia took advantage of the group’s “opponents” bonus to score the first points.
In front of the fragile team of Liechtenstein, they asserted the field command and won 3-0 on Saturday, June 8. Within two minutes of the initial stage Ghazaryan put an end to any possibility of complications. Karapetian extended to the 18 minutes of the first half and Barseghyan completed in the 46 minutes of the second half.
It was shortly before the offensive massacre promoted by the Armenians, who with 64% possession of the ball created 31 opportunities to finish and sent 14 balls on target. Defensively they did not have big problems. The rivals gave only one kick in the right direction.
It was disastrous the performance of the Greeks against Italy. It will hardly be repeated. Thus, the prognosis in Greece’s victory against Armenia ends up being the best guessing option for the confrontation of this Tuesday for the fourth round of the qualifiers for Euro 2020.