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9-man Greece holds Belgium to 1-1 in European qualifying

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Nine-man Greece celebrated its independence day holiday by holding Belgium to 1-1 in Brussels in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Kostas Mitroglou exploited a brief lapse in concentration from Belgium. The Europe Group H favorite looked defeated until Romelu Lukaku chested down the ball and scored with two minutes remaining, to keep his team on top.

The Belgians missed the speed of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, both out to injury. But they should have led early, when Dries Mertens found a gap at the back but Maroune Fellaini, under little pressure, missed a header at close range.