Greece beats Sweden under Rehhagel’s stardust

National team wins 2-1 for its first victory in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

by George Georgakopoulos


Greece scored its first win in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, beating Sweden 2-1 on Wednesday under the gaze of emblematic former manager Otto Rehhagel, who was at the stands of the Olympic Stadium of Athens.


In what was rumored to be its last game with Dutch coach John van’t Schip at the helm, Greece welcomed its fans at the stands after almost two years, and made them happy too.


What the first half lacked in goals it made up for in action and chances missed, including a third-minute shot by Mattias Svanberg that hit the upright.


Then the Greek team thought it had earned a penalty, but the referee revoked his decision as his assistant raised his flag for an offside.


Vangelis Pavlidis also thought he had scored, but his delicate chip was spectacularly stroked away by Swedish goallie Robin Olsen.