Double digit international goals for Torosidis, Top-15 all-time caps for Sokratis
Vasilis Torosidis scored his 10th goal for Greece on Tuesday while Sokratis Papastathopoulos climbed into the top-15 in all-time caps for the Greek national team.
Vasilis Torosidis found the breakthrough for Greece in Tuesday’s qualifier against Gibraltar, leading the way to a 4-0 victory that secured the Ethniki’s place in the World Cup qualifying playoffs in November. The 32-year old's diving header marked his 10th international goal of his career, becoming the first defender in the team’s history to reach the double digit mark.
The Greek captain has scored three goals in this qualifying campaign, including two against Gibraltar and one away to Estonia. Torosidis’ most memorable goal with the Galanolefki was back during the 2010 World Cup, where the then 25-year old scored the winner against Nigeria to give Greece their first ever victory at the World Cup Finals.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos made his 76th appearance for the Ethniki, climbing into the Top-15 in Greece’s all-time caps list. The Borussia Dortmund man sits tied for 15th along with Yiotis Tsalouchidis and Nikos Lymberopoulos. With two appearances in the November playoffs, Sokratis will jump up to 11th tied with Fanis Gekas and Dimitris Saravakos while leaving behind Stelios Giannakopoulos and Tasos Mitropoulos.
Sokratis made his first appearance for the Men’s national team in a friendly against the Czech Republic in February 2008. The then 20-year old defender was regarded as one of Greece’s rising stars and he has lived up (and exceeded) this expectation in his tremendous club and international career.
The Galanolefki’s vice captain has scored two goals international goals, including a memorable, last minute equalizer in the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 against Costa Rica to send the game to extra time (Greece eventually lost in penalties). His other goal was one to forget in a 2-1 loss to the Faroe Islands in Euro 2016 qualifying.