Fernando Santos has proclaimed his team's qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ as "a victory for the Greek people".

Greece secured their ticket with a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their play-off with Romania on Tuesday, which completed a 4-2 aggregate win.

The 2004 European champions will be appearing at their third World Cup, after 1994 and 2010, and their fifth major tournament in the last decade.

"I know that this qualification is important to me, for the players, but also for the Greek people," said Santos. "It is a message of hope and faith. Belief in our abilities and hope that the wheel will turn and we will find ourselves overcoming the [economic] crisis."

Forward Dimitris Salpingidis, who scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, said: "We are pleased to bring such joy to millions of Greeks."

Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos added that united Greeks can achieve miracles: "When you work hard, things come into place."

Orestis Karnezis, who kept goal in both matches against Romania, said qualifying "is a dream come true for all of us. We are very happy and touched, just like our coach. We deserve to go to Brazil."