Greece and Nigeria will continue their World Cup preparations with a friendly in Chester, Pennsylvania on Tuesday in a rematch of their meeting in South Africa four years ago.
Both teams drew their previous opponents and appear to be ready for the final tournament in Brazil, and a fixture against a fellow World Cup-bound team will be a good test for either side.
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 7 p.m. ET/Midnight BST
Venue: PPL Park, Pennsylvania
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on beIN Sports 1 (for US viewers), with mobile coverage available via the beINplay app.
Greece reminded everyone why they qualified for the World Cup when they held Portugal to a goalless draw on Saturday, courtesy of a strong defensive foundation and a squad that can play focused football for the full 90 minutes.
The team lacked intensity moving forward, however, and for all of their defensive heroics, they seemed to lack the flair of the side that won the European title in 2004.
As shared by PhysioRoom.com News, Sokratis Papastathopoulos left the match with an injury, and his availability for this next friendly is in doubt:
Giorgos Samaras and Kostas Mitroglou are the Greeks' main attacking outlets, and without strong support from their midfielders, they too often remain isolated against physical defenders.
Veteran Giorgios Karagounis provided a spark off the bench against Portugal, but the 37-year-old no longer has the long-capacity to pull the strings in midfield an entire tournament.
The Greeks will face Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in Brazil, three athletic teams who will look to push the pace against a strong but static side.
Nigeria entertained the fans at Craven Cottage during their 2-2 draw against Scotland, but for all the wrong reasons. The Scots were given far too much space out on the wings, and Nigeria's defence looked very leaky, a bad omen when you consider they will face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the World Cup.
Via OutsideoftheBoot.com, the match wasn't without controversy either:
With players like Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike and Peter Odemwingie, the Nigerian team has plenty of firepower in the attacking third, but lapses in concentration have cost the team in the past.
The team's match on the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations was impressive, but since then, the results haven't always gone Nigeria's way.
Argentina are strong favourites in Group F, but Nigeria are expected to compete with Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second ticket to the knockout stages. Both teams are talented but rely more on their organisation and work ethic on the pitch than they do on pure talent, similar to Greece.
In other words, this friendly will be the perfect test for both sides. Greece will get a glimpse of what their creative players can do against a strong, athletic team, while Nigeria will face a disciplined squad that will use a similar strategy as their future opponents in the World Cup.
Nigeria should have a slight edge in talent, but Greece have momentum on their side following their impressive result against Portugal.
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