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Liechtenstein Liechtenstein vs Greece Greece

Liechtenstein 0

D Hasler (S/O 66)

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Greece 1

J Holebas (S/O 61)
K Mitroglou (73)

Mitroglou boosts Greece

Mitroglou winner sees Greece go level on points at top of Group G

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:48pm

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Kostas Mitroglou: Notched winner for Greece

Kostas Mitroglou: Notched winner for Greece

Greece joined Bosnia and Herzegovina at the top of World Cup qualifying Group G with a hard-fought win in Vaduz.

Both sides had a man sent off - Jose Holebas for Greece and David Hasler for Liechtenstein - before Kostas Mitroglou finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute.

The match started slowly, though Hasler curled just wide from Liechtenstein's first real chance. They then lost key striker Mario Frick to injury, Andreas Christen taking his place.

Hasler's foul allowed Lazaros Christodoulopoulos to swing in a free-kick which Dimitrios Siovas headed over.

A first half low on incident ended with one that would become important, as Holebas collected his first booking for a foul on Michele Polverino.

Hasler would follow him into the book early in the second period before Greece stepped up their search for a breakthrough.

Mitroglou and Christodoulopoulos sent fierce headers just wide of either post in a five-minute spell, before the game really burst into life on the hour.

Duly dispatched

Christen brought down Holebas, whose reaction saw him booked along with his assailant and duly dispatched to the dressing room.

He was soon followed down the tunnel by Hasler after a foul on Christodoulopoulos, whose ensuing free-kick saw Kostas Katsouranis' header beaten away by goalkeeper Peter Jehle.

Giorgos Karagounis whistled an excellent effort just wide before Greece finally took the lead in the 73rd minute.

Vassilis Torosidis was the provider with a low ball across the penalty area which Mitroglou slotted home from six yards out.

It was almost 2-0 moments later but Jehle, who clearly preferred to punch rather than catch the ball, diverted Sotiris Ninis' excellent shot around the post and also repelled Christodoulopoulos' dangerous effort from the resulting corner.

Greece were happy to play out time from there on in for a win that leaves them level on points with Bosnia, who surprisingly lost their 100 per cent home record to Slovakia.

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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

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