Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Bosnia beaten in classic by Belgium, big boost to home nations

Stacy Diaz | 07 October, 2017, 22:38

The Red Devils have seven wins, a draw, no losses and have only conceded three goals in the competition so far.

Bosnia came into this clash knowing a win coupled with a Greece defeat against Cyprus later on Saturday would assure them of second place, although that would not yet be enough to guarantee them one of the best runners-up spots.

Italy were ensured a place in the European playoff round of the World Cup qualifiers thanks to Bosnia's 4-3 home defeat against Belgium on Saturday.

That leaves second place up for grabs in Bosnia and Belgium's Group H. Greece are now in third position - 13 points overall but 10 points going forward to the second place table.

The result means that if Greece fail to beat Cyprus away tonight, Ireland will qualify for the play-offs with a win over Wales in Cardiff.

Bosnia-Herzegovina led at the break in Sarajevo, goals from Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca cancelling out Thomas Meunier's fourth-minute opener. Belgium has already secured a ticket to Russian Federation but Bosnia will be looking for the three points from the game for a possible second-place finish.

In Group A, Sweden ensured France can not qualify automatically on Sunday as they smashed Luxembourg 8-0, with Marcus Berg scoring four goals.

Dario Dumic was left unmarked to head in Bosnia's equaliser from Izet Hajrovic's corner on 82 minutes, but within two minutes, Carrasco showed a cool head to secure the result that Ireland fans were hoping for.