Belfast Telegraph

Faroes fire sad Greeks to another tragedy

The Faroe Islands enjoyed the finest moment in their international history while Greek football fell to its knees last night.

A 1-0 win in Athens is comfortably their greatest victory on the world stage, but the success in European Championship Qualifying Group F piles on the misery for the home nation.

Already down and under fire after losing at home to Northern Ireland, Joan Edmundsson’s 61st-minute goal could not have arrived at a worse time.

Coach Claudio Ranieri will do well to survive such a ghastly result and while a Greek inquest will now kick off, the Faroes can celebrate a truly memorable win.

This was just their 20th win since joining the international stage in 1988 and their first competitive one since 2011. Their last competitive away win came in 2001 against Luxembourg.

Elsewhere in Group F, Hungary moved two points behind Northern Ireland as Zoltan Gera scored in the 1-0 home win over Finland.

In Group D Germany thumped Gibraltar 4-0, while Temur Ketsbaia’s reign as Georgia coach looked to have ended after the group leaders, Poland, romped to a 4-0 victory in Tbilisi. Ketsbaia said he would resign no matter what the final outcome at the Dinamo Arena after only one win in their opening matches.

Poland, though, remain very much on course to book a place for the finals in France, having defeated the World Cup winners, Germany, in their last match.

The visitors made the breakthrough at the start of the second half when Kamil Glik headed in from a corner before two goals in two minutes from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Sebastian Mila ended any hopes of a comeback.

In Group I, Christiano Ronaldo became the record goalscorer in European Championship football as Portugal beat Armenia 1-0 in Faro. The Real Madrid forward took his tally in qualifying and tournaments to 23, passing Dane Dahl Tomasson’s total with a close-range finish on 71 minutes.

The victory sees Fernando Santos’s side get their Group I campaign back on track to move a point behind Denmark, who won 3-1 in Serbia, but have played one match more.

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