Greece wins at Slovakia 1-0 in World cup qualifier


BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -Dimitrios Salpingidis struck in the second half to lead Greece to a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Salpingidis capitalized on a defensive blunder by the hosts to score the winner from close range in the 63rd minute at a time when Slovakia was putting the visitors under pressure.

Greece has 10 points from four matches and leads Group G together with Bosnia-Herzegovina, which beat Lithuania 3-0 in another qualifier on Tuesday. Slovakia is three points behind.

Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik came close several times but wasted his chances and Michal Braznanik hit the post of Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis' goal two minutes from time when the hosts were desperately seeking an equalizer.

Greece travels next to Bosnia-Herzegovina while Slovakia hosts Lithuania on March 22.

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