Ferguson mania prompts chance of Irish ‘home’ game in Athens

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Irish team-mates openly speak about the big teenager being more than a prolific goalscorer, emphasising a skill set beyond anything previously seen in a green shirt.

The late kick-off of 9.45pm local time has dissuaded families and local AEK Athens ultras as the folly of Uefa scheduling a Friday night fixture in mid-June – when many locals have flocked to the islands’ cooler beaches – becomes apparent. “It was very important to explain to people from Ireland that there was an incredible connection after the 2004 team won the Euros,” Poyet explained.

Victory here allows one of these countries to challenge the Netherlands for automatic qualification to Germany 2024, presumably behind France. If it plays out that way. Whatever the result, Greek minds must instantly switch to Paris on Monday, the same city Ireland visit in search of points on September 7th.

When matching up the clubs and leagues of the probable starting XIs, on paper Greece look a stronger side. They also offer a settled 4-3-3 approach where Liverpool wing back Kostas Tsimikas is a serious threat down the left.

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