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Zalgiris Stadium (ATT 8,500) 7th June 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: O Benquerenca

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Greece still in the hunt

Last Updated: 07/06/13 11:10pm

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Lazaros Christodoulopoulos: On target for Greece

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos: On target for Greece

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos headed the only goal as Greece stayed in the hunt for first place in Group G and a place in next year's World Cup.

The leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina were busy blazing five goals past Latvia and with four rounds of matches remaining they remain three points clear of Greece, with a far superior goal difference should that become a factor.

But Greece do appear to have the easier fixtures ahead, including home and away games against Liechtenstein, so head coach Fernando Santos can still look up the table rather than consolidating second place and aiming for the play-off route to Brazil 2014.

Lithuania had just one win from their opening five games, inevitably coming against group minnows Liechtenstein, but they had the first half-chance with Mindaugas Panka drilling a left-footed shot off target from 35 yards.

The goal came in the 20th minute, with Jose Holebas crossing from the left and Christodoulopoulos, the 26-year-old Bologna forward, charging in at the far post to power his header beyond the unshielded goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas.

Zubas had to make a strong parry in the 33rd minute to prevent a second Greek goal after Vassilis Torosidis crossed and Theofanis Gekas produced a thumping header.

It was Gekas again with the terrific header early in the second half, following a cross by Giorgos Karagounis, but Zubas matched it with a punch to safety.

Lithuania's Kestutis Ivaskevicius twice threatened in the second half with ambitious long-range efforts, the first being gathered by Orestis Karnezis and the second sailing off to the right of goal.

Gekas and Georgios Samaras spurned openings for Greece, who went closest to doubling their lead in the 89th minute when substitute Dimitris Salpingidis curled a right-footed shot against the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

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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 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