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The clue was perhaps in the manner of their qualification to the World Cup. Built on a platform of a rock-solid defence—not conceding a single goal at home throughout their campaign to get to Brazil—they needed to beat Romania in a play-off to make the final cut.
They managed to pull off that win, scoring three goals in the first leg. Scoring three goals in 90 minutes is not something which the Ethniki do often.
Their Euro 2004 triumph was, of course, a result of doing just enough, over and over again. In that tournament they qualified second from their group by virtue of having scored more goals than Spain. They proceeded to win each of the rest of their games 1-0.
At Euro 2012, they needed to defeat Russia in the final game to qualify from a group that looked to have slipped away from them. They won 1-0.
They did the same in qualifying from their group this time around. If they can continue their run of doing "just enough," they may have further surprises in store for the watching world.