With smiles on their football-loving faces, Greeks will cast ballots Sunday in an election that could decide the crisis-hit country's fate in Europe.

At the European Championship, their fate could be a quarterfinal match against Germany.

The Greeks beat heavily favored Russia 1-0 Saturday, defying the odds - and, some say, the Gods - to cap a football revival in the country that surprisingly won the Euro 2004 title.

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis, who scored the lone goal just before the halftime whistle, says ''when we left Greece, we all said really give it everything. We would have anyway, but the (hardship) made us fight more.''

If Germany wins Group B on Sunday, it will set up a quarterfinal match between the recession-hammered Greeks and their lead bailout creditor.