Faroe Islands the latest to write Greek tragedy

Faroe Islands celebrates its winning goal in Greece (Getty)

Faroe Islands enjoyed the finest night in its international history while Greek football fell to its knees after Greece suffered a humilating 1-0 loss in European Championship qualifying Group F.

The victory in Athens is comfortably 187th-ranked Faroe Islands' greatest on the world stage and the success 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 more inopportune time.

Coach Claudio Ranieri is not expected to survive such a ghastly result, while deep problems in the domestic league will add to the gloom with the Hellenic Federation suspending all professional football after an alleged off-the-field attack on a referee.

While a Greek inquest will now kick-off, the Faroes can celebrate a truly memorable win.

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

Victories have come against the likes of San Marino and Gibraltar, though, and never against an established, top-level nation.

While Greece may be falling, it was European champion 10 years ago and this win - brought about by former Newcastle United academy player Edmundsson - is a seismic one.

The group's other game saw Hungary defeat Finland 1-0 in Budapest with Zoltan Gera getting the game's only goal.

Poland has a three-point lead over Republic of Ireland, Germany and Scotland, after it maintained its undefeated start to Group D with a convincing 4-0 win over Georgia in Tbilisi.


After hitting the woodwork twice in the opening half, Poland breezed home after the break with goals from Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Sebastian Mila and Arkadiusz Milik.

Denmark leads Group I from Portugal after a come from behind 3-1 win over Serbia in Belgrade - in a game played behind closed doors.

Zoran Tadic put the home side in front after just four minutes before the Danes scored three times in the second half.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner scored twice for 1992 European champion Denmark while defender Simon Kjaer also netted.