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Last Updated: 16/10/12 11:20pm

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Dimitris Salpingidis: Striker seals vital win for Greece

Dimitris Salpingidis: Striker seals vital win for Greece

Greece climbed above opponents Slovakia into second spot in World Cup qualifying Group G with a narrow win in Bratislava.

Dimitris Salpingidis struck the only goal of a close game in the 63rd minute as Greece moved on to 10 points from four games - the same as pool leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina who beat Lithuania 3-0 today.

Slovakia almost snatched a late equaliser but Michal Breznanik's shot hit the post instead of going in and the home side were consigned to their first defeat of their qualifying campaign.

Close-fought

Bosnia, Slovakia and Greece all started tonight's matches with seven points from their opening three games and it was little surprise to see the clash at the Pasienky Stadium end up being a close-fought encounter.

There were plenty of attempted efforts on goal from both sides in the first half but the majority of them were off-target.

Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was twice called into action before the break to keep out left-footed strikes from Marek Sapara and Marek Hamsik while home keeper Dusan Kuciak's main contribution was to keep out a header from Theofanis Gekas.

It was a similar story at the start of the second half with both sides quick to try their luck when in range of goal but with only a 35-yard effort from Slovakia midfielder Michal Breznanik on target.

Beaten

Karnezis dealt with that shot, but he was finally beaten just after the hour mark when PAOK forward Salpingidis found the roof of the net from close range following a cross from Kostas Katsouranis.

That proved to be the match-winner, although Breznanik twice came close to getting Slovakia on level terms in the closing stages.

In the 81st minute he was denied by Karnezis at the expense of a corner, and then six minutes later the winger saw his left-footed strike hit the woodwork as Slovakia's hopes of a point disappeared.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 16th Oct - Group F
    Tue 16th Oct - Group I
    Tue 16th Oct - Group G
    • Latvia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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      TV
    • Bos & Herz
      3 - 0
      Lithuania
      bet
      TV
    • Slovakia
      0 - 1
      Greece
      bet
      TV
    Tue 16th Oct - Group D
    Tue 16th Oct - Group A
    Tue 16th Oct - Group B
    Tue 16th Oct - Group E
    Tue 16th Oct - Group H
    • Ukraine
      0 - 1
      Montenegro
      bet
      TV
    • San Marino
      0 - 2
      Moldova
      bet
      TV
    Tue 16th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      1 - 4
      Rep Ireland
      bet
      TV
    • Austria
      4 - 0
      Kazakhstan
      bet
      TV
    • Germany
      4 - 4
      Sweden
      bet
      TV

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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