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Slovakia Slovakia vs Lithuania Lithuania

Slovakia 1

J Durica (40)

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Lithuania 1

D Sernas (19)

Slovakia denied in Zilina

Durica levels Sernas' opener but hosts unable to find winner

Last Updated: 22/03/13 11:11pm

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Jan Durica: Scored for Slovakia

Jan Durica: Scored for Slovakia

Slovakia were denied a share of second place in World Cup qualifying Group G as Lithuania ground out a creditable 1-1 draw in Zilina.

The hosts quickly cancelled out Darvydas Sernas' opener but, despite their dominance all over the pitch, a header from Jan Durica was the sum total of their efforts.

The draw saw third-placed Slovakia move up to eight points, two points behind second-placed Greece, while Lithuania remain in fourth with five points.

The visitors survived two early scares before taking the lead.

First, Juraj Kucka nodded Marek Sapara's free-kick just over the crossbar before Marek Hamsik drilled off target.

Surprise

So it was a surprise when Sernas found space and time in the box to fire the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute.

Slovakia responded strongly and, after Zydrunas Karcemarskas had parried another Hamsik drive, the scores were level within seven minutes.

This time a Sapara free-kick resulted in a goal as Durica rose highest to beat Karcemarskas.

Deividas Matulevicius had Dusan Kuciak sprawling after the break but Slovakia pushed on for the victory, Sapara rattling a post in the 58th minute.

With time ticking away, Hamsik, Kucka and Sapara all blazed shots wide before Sernas' own late bid for a shock winner sailed into the stands.

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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
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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 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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