Greece’s winning celebrations have been cut short by Sweden, after being beaten 2-0 on Tuesday.
While Sweden has moved to the top of World Cup qualifying Group B with 15 points, Greece will be training to desperately trying to make up some ground in November.
Greece seemed to have a good start to the match, but the assistant referee ruled out an early goal by Giorgos Masouras for offside. Masouras also lost another opportunity at a goal when he hit a post while Vangelis Pavlidis headed off the crossbar right before half time.
With a nil all draw, both teams were determined to make some better headway and Sweden came out as a the better team.
Alexander Isak was felled in the box by Konstantinos Mavropanos, giving the Swedes a chance at a penalty. Emil Forsberg took the shot, converting it into Sweden’s 1-0 lead at 59 minutes.
Ten minutes later, Isak came back to add another goal to the Swedish score, taking advantage of a hesitant Greek defence before rounding the keeper to take the ball home.
Greece has a good month to train before they meet Spain in Athens on 12 November at 6:45am (AEDT).
CYPRUS DRAWS 2-2 WITH MALTA
Cyprus was able to somewhat soothe the pain from Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Croatia, after taking on Malta on Tuesday and ending on a 2-2 draw.
Although Cyprus has no solid chance of making it past these qualifiers, their spirits still beat strong.
Fotios Papoulis kicked off the first goal of the match just six minutes in, giving Cyprus a 1-0 lead until half time. the second half saw Malta claw back, with Zach Muscat equalising the score at 53 minutes.
Cypriot striker Pieros Sotiriou snatched back the lead for him team, placing the ball between the posts at the 80th minute. Although the game appeared to be in the bag for Greece’s neighbours, Jurgen Degabriele turned the tables for Malta once again, sealing the equaliser eight minutes into over time.
Cyprus will be heading over to Russia on 11 November to play against their hosts.