ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Costas Mitroglou scored a late winner as Greece beat Liechtenstein 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier Friday to go level on points with Group G leader Bosnia.
Mitroglou missed a string of chances in Vaduz, but finally defeated in-form goalkeeper Peter Jehle, tapping in a cross from Vassilis Torosidis in the 72nd minute. "It was difficult to keep our concentration when the effort isn't paying off. But we managed it," Mitroglou said. "It was perfect ball in from Torosidis and I got to it. ... We have to leave this game behind us go for qualification straight from the group games."
Both teams ended the match with 10 men, after Greece's Jose Holebas and David Hasler of Liechtenstein were both booked twice in the second half. Bosnia suffered its first defeat in qualifying, losing 1-0 at home to Slovakia.
Slovak midfielder Viktor Pecovsky scored with a powerful shot from outside the area in the 77th minute. Greece and Bosnia both have 16 points from seven matches, with Bosnia ahead on goal difference. In the group's other game, Latvia's Nauris Bulvitis and Arturs Zjuzins scored first-half goals to beat Baltic neighbors Lithuania 2-1, with Deivydas Matulevicius pulling one back before the break.
Greece coach Fernando Santos took little comfort from Bosnia's defeat. "As a coach, I'm ashamed of this performance. I hope the players are too," Santos said. "No pressing, no marking, nothing. ... If the players really want to go to the World Cup, they'll have to do better than this."
In Zenica, Bosnia coach Safet Susic also delivered a blunt assessment. "We failed and disappointed our fans, and Slovakia deserved to win," he said. "Now we have no choice other than to win the next three matches."
The Greeks host Latvia Tuesday, while Bosnia travels to Slovakia.