A goalless draw against Kosovo this morning saw Greece drop from the top spot in the League C group.
On Wednesday Greece hosted the match, but were unable to turn prime opportunities into goals, a far cry from the game the hosts played just days earlier against Moldova, winning 2-0.
18 minutes into the match, Greek forward Dimitris Limnios was taken down by Herolind Shala giving the Greece a chance at a penalty.
Captain Tasos Bakasetas stepped up to the plate but unfortunately had his goal denied by Kosovo’s 21-year-old keeper Aro Muric.
Shala was given a yellow card, kicking him out from Kosovo’s next game.
Just as things looked like they were on the up, Greece had a goal rejected after being kicked from an offside position.
Midfielder Dimitris Kourbelis was also yellow carded just before the half time whistle for a foul against Shala and will also be barred from the next game due to suspension.
Despite the hosts seeming to have the upper hand in the first half, the score remained at 0-0.
The second half showed a bit more variety in Kosovo’s gameplay, but they too became stuck in a rut like Greece, missing three attempts at a goal.
Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos saved the day by blocking an attempted goal by Kosovo forward Lirim Kastrati.
Defender Pantelis Chatzidiakos also did a superb job at denying Shala’s chance at a goal not long after.
Although Greece did not give up the fight, their wide shots towards the end of the game may have cost them.
Greece will need to win the remaining games in November against Moldova and Slovenia to qualify for the next round and are currently sitting with 8 points on the board.
Fans will have to wait until 16 November until the next game against Moldova.