The U.S. and Greece won the election this Sunday, with the same result, 2-1, as their opponents from Northern Ireland and Honduras won the private games for the World 2022, respectively.
Within half an hour the victory of the North American team in Belfast began to build, with 18-year-old Giovanni Raina, son of the legendary Claudio Raina, having a Portuguese passport as his grandfather Maria Silva Portuguese, currently playing for the Germans in Borussia Dortmund.
In the second half, the Americans extended the lead to Chelsea English midfielder Christian Polis on a penalty spot in the 59th minute, just before the end of the Irish, 88th, Aberdeen midfielder Niall McGinn
Northern Ireland, Italy, lost 2-0 in their debut in Parma in Group C of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, with the Italians sharing the lead with Switzerland with two points, followed by the remaining three teams, Lithuania (not yet released), and Bulgaria and Northern Ireland.
In another warm-up match, Greece beat Honduran 2-1, thanks to a ‘biz’ in the 14th and 59th minutes by Willem II’s Dutch striker Vangelis Pavlidis, and in the 41st minute, Diego Rodriguez.
Benfica goalkeeper Odysseus Vlachodimos, who started the draw against Spain, did not leave the ‘bench’ this time, leaving Panathinaikos goalkeeper Satratis Duodis responsible for defending the Hellenic networks.
Greece, who are part of Group B of the 2022 European qualifiers for the World Cup, made a surprise debut by beating Spain 1-1 at Grenada.
Spain led the group with four points (2 games), while Sweden had three (one game), Greece one (one game), Kosovo (zero games) and Georgia without scoring.