Greece promoted to UEFA Nations League second division after 3-1 win against Northern Ireland

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Greece claimed its 5th win this morning in the UEFA Nations League, defeating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Georgios Kamaras Stadium in Athens.

Before some 10,000 fans, the Greek national team delivered an impressive win just three days after their 1-0 loss to Cyprus.

Attacking midfielder Dimitris Pelkas opened the score line early, with a 14th-minute header giving Greece a 1-0 lead.

However, the equalizer came from Shayne Lavery just four minutes later, securing Northern Ireland a 1-1 half-time result.

Just 10 minutes into the second half, Giorgos Masouras, assisted by Anastasios Bakasetas, reclaimed Greece’s lead after executing a right-footed strike from the centre of the box.

One minute after Northern Ireland’s Alistair McCann was shown a yellow for a bad foul in the 79th minute, Greece’s Petros Mantalos delivered a stunning long-range shot, bringing the final score to 3-1.

Greece finishes this edition of the Nations League at the top of its League C group, having scored a total of 10 goals and keeping a clean sheet for four of its six games.

With this morning’s victory against Northern Ireland, the national team ends the competition with 15 points and a promotion to the B tier for the next iteration of the competition, where they will face considerably better opponents.

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