Lithuania ground out a creditable 1-1 draw in Zilina to deny Slovakia a share of second place in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying Group G.
Slovakia quickly cancelled out Darvydas Sernas' opener but, despite their dominance all over the pitch, a header from Jan Durica was the sum total of their efforts. The draw brings Slovakia up to eight points, where they sit two points shy of second-placed Greece, while Lithuania remain in fourth place with five points.
The visitors survived two early scares before taking the lead. First, Juraj Kucka nodded Marek Sapara's free-kick just over the crossbar before Marek Hamsik drilled off target. So it was a surprise when Sernas found space and time in the box to fire the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute.
Slovakia responded strongly and, after Zydrunas Karcemarskas had parried another Hamsik drive, the scores were level within seven minutes. This time a Sapara free-kick resulted in a goal as Durica rose highest to beat Karcemarskas.
Deividas Matulevicius had Dusan Kuciak sprawling after the break but Slovakia pushed on for the victory, Sapara rattling a post in the 58th minute. With time ticking away, Hamsik, Kucka and Sapara all blazed shots wide before Sernas' own late bid for a shock winner sailed into the stands.