Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus 11/10/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group G

Greece - Slovakia
1-0
 

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Greece thankful for Škrtel bonus

Published: Friday 11 October 2013, 23.00CET
Greece thankful for Škrtel bonus
Greece celebrate Martin Škrtel's own goal ©AFP/Getty Images

Greece kept pace with Bosnia and Herzegovina at the top of their FIFA World Cup qualifying pool with a slender success against a stubborn Slovakia – a fifth 1-0 win in nine Group G matches for Fernando Santos's squad.

The Greeks were guaranteed a top-two finish regardless of the outcome and, in the event, a tight and tense encounter was settled by a first-half own goal from Slovakia captain Martin Škrtel. Santos's men go into their final qualifier, at home to Liechtenstein on Tuesday, level with the Bosnians on 22 points, although their rivals hold a considerable advantage on goal difference so Greece must better the result the leaders manage in Lithuania.

The home side came close to scoring themselves only once in the first period at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, visiting goalkeeper Ján Mucha saving Kostas Manolas's header. Greece needed a break and got one a minute before half-time when Mucha allowed Škrtel's back pass to slip under his foot as he attempted to clear downfield.

That proved to be the only goal of the game although Greece pressed for a second after the interval, Tomáš Hubočan booting Kostas Mitroglou's close-range effort off the line and José Holebas sending another attempt just wide. Slovakia's best chance of a draw materialising late on, substitute Martin Jakubko heading past the post. Greece could breath again.

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Last updated: 14/10/2013 09:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Greece
Slovakia

1

Goals scored

0

12

Total attempts

4

3

Attempts on target

0

5

off target

2

3

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

3

1

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

0

22

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

20

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    90+3
    Maniatis (Greece) is shown a yellow card.
  • Substitution
    90
    Fetfatzidis (in) - Mitroglou (out) (Greece)
  • Substitution
    77
    Ďuriš (in) - Nemec (out) (Slovakia)
  • Substitution
    76
    Karagounis (in) - Salpingidis (out) (Greece)

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