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World Cup qualifiers: Greece keep pace with Bosnia after narrow victory

Last Updated: 10/09/13 10:36pm

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Dimitris Salpingidis scored the lone goal as Greece secured victory over Latvia

Dimitris Salpingidis scored the lone goal as Greece secured victory over Latvia

Greece kept pace with Bosnia at the top of Group G as Dimitris Salpingidis' goal gave them a vital win over Latvia in Piraeus as both sides ended the game with 10 men.

Salpingidis netted after 58 minutes to reward a Greek performance which was dominant in terms of attacking possession, even if clear-cut chances were at a premium.

The win, which had shades of their previous laborious victory over Liechtenstein, meant Greece stayed level with Bosnia-Herzegovina - who beat Slovakia 2-1 - at the top of the World Cup qualification group, while also assuring them of second place at the very least.

The game took an unsavoury twist at the end, as Latvia defender Ritvars Rugins was sent off for violent conduct in the 86th minute before Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis was also shown a red card in the 90th minute for his second bookable offence.

Greece made a lively start and could have been 2-0 up inside 10 minutes. First Kostas Mitroglou sent a header in on goal in the fifth minute but Latvia goalkeeper Aleksandrs Kolinko held on.

Then four minutes later Salpingidis had a chance from close range but he could not find the target with his left-foot effort. Mitroglou had another chance just after the half-hour mark but this time his header was wide.

Again it was Greece doing most of the running at the start of the second half and they were rewarded with a goal just before the hour mark.

Georgios Samaras played in Salpingidis, who sent a left-foot strike low past Aleksandrs Kolinko from close range.

Chances were few and far between from there on with Greece content to protect their lead.

They came away with the win they needed, though their inferior goal difference means they remain second favourites to win the group.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 10th Sep - Group F
    Tue 10th Sep - Group G
    Tue 10th Sep - Group B
    Tue 10th Sep - Group C
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    • Austria
      1 - 0
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    • Faroe Islands
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    Tue 10th Sep - Group E
    Tue 10th Sep - Group I
    Tue 10th Sep - Group D
    Tue 10th Sep - Group A
    Tue 10th Sep - Group H

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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