For the Slovakian national football team, the game against Greece yesterday was a dead rubber. The top two spots in the qualifying group G are already decided - after Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece romped away to the brink of qualification.
But that does not mean they would simply lay down and die against their Greek opponents in Piraeus.
Although, in the end, they did sort of hand them their 1-0 victory.
Greece won the game after a comical error from two players with a Merseyside connection.
On the record books it will forever read that Martin Skrtel scored the own goal that gifted Greece their one goal victory.
But in reality the main portion of blame should fall, quite literally, at the feet of former Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha.
Skrtel, thinking the coast was clear, played a delicate back-pass toward Mucha, now playing for Russian outfit Krylia Sovetov Samara.
The keeper tried to control the ball, but in ‘Enckleman’ fashion allowed it to sneak underneath him and into the back of the net - leaving the partisan Greek crowd in shock and rapture.
So he might just get a chance to gain retribution against Mucha at some point in the near future.
For now however, we doubt that the two former Merseyside rivals will be laughing and joking to each other anytime soon … after this mess.
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