(Melbourne, Australia) – The Greek National Team defeated the Socceroos 2-1 in a friendly matchup in Melbourne, Australia in Etihad Stadium last night. This marks the team’s first loss at home in the past nine games. This was the second of a two game friendly matchup between the two teams. Last Saturday, the Greek team and the Socceroos played their friendly game in Sydney, where the Socceroos beat Greece 1-0.
There are a few things that sports analysts say led to the Greek win. Sports announcers described the Socceroos performance as “sloppy”. The Greek team also scored two goals in a 21 minute time-period, one of which was scored by Iaonnis Maniatis, the Greek striker, from 60 meters away. The general feeling in the crowd at Etihad Stadium was one of shock. Trent Sainsbury briefly gave the Socceroos hope in the 58th minute that they would score. However, the score remained 2-1 in favor of the Greeks.
Despite this match being called a “friendly”, the players were intense and tempers flared somewhat on a few occasions. Despite that, both teams walked away describing the matchup as a learning experience and one that will help both teams become more successful in the future. This was Maniatis first international goal and many people believe that it was on par with goals that players like David Beckham were capable of doing. This goal came shortly after Robbie Kruse gave up possession of the ball. Maniatis noticed that the goalkeeper Adam Frederici was off his line and took advantage of the opportunity, even though it was a long shot. His attempt resulted in a goal that ended up securing Greece the victory. This happened within the first 21 minutes of the game.