Greece have vowed to batten down the hatches against the Argentina strike force in their final Group B match in Polokwane on Tuesday. Argentina have racked up a 1-0 win over Nigeria and a 4-1 dismantling of Korea Republic to sit atop the group, and Aris Salonika midfielder Sakis Prittas admitted that Greece would have their work cut out.
"Argentina are a very strong team. Of course all teams make mistakes but we'll have to be very good in defence for the full 90 minutes, and hopefully we'll be able to surprise them with a goal," Prittas said. "Their attacking line-up is the strongest part of their team. The defence is not at the same level. That's not to say they don't play well, but it's not the same quality."
The South Americans must avoid a three-goal defeat to ensure they stay above the Greeks, which would guarantee qualification for Argentina. If they lose by one or two goals, only a heavy Korea Republic defeat of Nigeria could prevent them from topping the group.
Greece still have a mathematical chance of qualifying. The UEFA EURO 2004 champions, who lost all three matches in the 1994 finals, went down 2-0 to the Koreans in their opening match before rebounding to beat Nigeria 2-1.
PAOK defender Stelios Malezas said: "It's going to be a very tough match. Argentina are the best team in the group. "Everybody knows what sort of team they are. They're a team full of talented players who can cause problems individually or as a team at any time during a match. But it doesn't matter who plays against us, we'll go for a result."