The draw gave Greece 10 points from six games to put them out of reach of Iceland and Hungary, who are both seven points adrift with three games to play. Russia need only one more point from their last three fixtures to join the Greeks in the United States next year by ensuring second place in the group - which has been weakened by Yugoslavia's enforced absence.
In Group Four, Belgium need one more point to secure a place in their fourth consecutive finals, after Saturday's 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands in Brussels.
John Sheridan, the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday's Group Three qualifier against Albania in Tirana with a thigh strain. Portsmouth's Alan McLoughlin has been called up.Reuse content