Greece maintained the pressure on European Group G leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina with a 1-0 win at home against Latvia. Dimitris Salpingidis grabbed the second half winner and both sides finished with ten men.
Greek Super League side Panathinaikos have parted company with midfielder Kostas Katsouranis, who is a veteran of 97 caps for his country.
Greece moved up to 12th in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, their highest position since October 2011, thanks to a mixture of passion and positive play.
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Ukraine’s high-scoring draw with Germany proved the pick of Friday’s friendlies across Europe, while fellow UEFA EURO 2012 hosts Poland lost at home to Italy.
Greece's players have been speaking about putting their unbeaten record against Israel, with the afternoon heat in Tel Aviv among their main concerns.