Greece ended its failed 2022 World Cup qualification campaign with a home draw against Kosovo on Sunday night.
The 1-1 result at the Olympic Stadium of Athens has taken Greece’s tally to 10 points from eight games, leaving it third at the table behind Spain and Sweden. In the last pair of matches, it had to collect six points to qualify, and it got just one.
Against Kosovo, Greece enjoyed more possession and chances, but it was so wasteful it could have even lost the match in the end.
Greece served an early lesson with an Andreas Bouchalakis shot that hit the crossbar after 10 minutes. After several opportunities missed in the rest of the first half, Dimitris Pelkas crossed the ball from the right to find Giorgos Massouras, and he headed it in one minute before half-time.
The Greeks kept pushing in the second half, missing more chances as they appeared under less pressure. However, Kosovo punished them for their mistakes with Edon Zhegrova crossing into the six-yard box, for Amir Rrahmani to tap the ball home and level with 15 minutes left.