It's the scenario teams dream of. A win, you're in; a loss, you go home. That will be the case for Greece and Croatia when they face each other on Friday night. The winner will win Group F and earn automatic entry into the European Football Championship, which will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine in June 2012.
Greece will welcome in Croatia to a rowdy Athens crowd on Friday. Greece has remained undefeated under coach Fernando Santos, who took over for Otto Rehagel in July 2010. In second place in Group F, Greece trails Croatia by only one point.
Over their last five games Greece has two wins and three draws. Wins over Israel and Malta in Euro qualifying and draws with Bosnia-Herzegovnia, against Ecuador in New York and a disappointing draw in Latvia in their last match.
Croatia, the group leader with 20 points, has been unbeaten in its last five fixtures. Wins over Israel, Malta and Georgia allowed them to retake the lead over Greece. Draws against Ireland and France on the road show their overall good form.
Slavan Bilic will try to lead Croatia back to a major tournament after missing the 2010 World Cup. After reaching the quarterfinals in Euro 2008, there is a lot of pressure on Bilic to have this team qualify for next year's Euro automatically.