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World Cup qualifier: Martin Skrtel's own goal condemns Slovakia to 1-0 loss to Greece

Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:55pm

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Jose Holebas: In action for Greece

Jose Holebas: In action for Greece

Greece forced the postponement of Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup qualification party as Martin Skrtel's own goal condemned Slovakia to a 1-0 defeat in Group G.

Bosnia's resounding 4-1 victory over Liechtenstein put the Balkan nation on the cusp of a summer appearance in Brazil and only an unfeasible goal swing in the final round of games will deny them automatic qualification.

But a lapse in concentration in Piraeus saw Skrtel beat Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Mucha just before half-time to guarantee Greece three points and at least the play-off place in Group G.

Greece host bottom side Liechtenstein on Tuesday while Bosnia visit Lithuania.

Mucha was tipping a bullet header from Dimitris Salpingidis round his post inside five minutes and the PAOK striker hit the target again just before the hour mark.

Slovakia's goalkeeper dealt well with that effort but a lack of communication with Skrtel in the 44th minute caused embarrassment for the visiting side as the Liverpool man's backpass bobbled into the net.

Greece pushed for a second goal, and one of their own making, following the restart but Mucha blocked Kostas Manolas' header before Skrtel cleared an attempt from Kostas Mitroglou to safety.

Fernando Santos' men would finish the game grateful for Skrtel's early error as they wasted a host of chances to pull clear in the last 20 minutes.

Jose Holebas was guilty of missing from a good position before Alexandros Tziolis steered a firm effort into Mucha's gloves.

Slovakia came to life in the final exchanges but home goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis had managed to stay alert throughout.

Martin Jakubko and Skrtel both headed over the bar before Karnezis snaffled Michal Duris' long-range drive to ride out the late siege.

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    Fri 11th Oct - Group C
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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