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Bosnia suffer Slovakia setback

Leaders come unstuck on home soil

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:45pm

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Bosnia's Edin Dzeko gets in a tangle

Bosnia's Edin Dzeko gets in a tangle

Bosnia's World Cup hopes suffered a setback as the Group G leaders slipped up 1-0 at home to Slovakia in Friday's qualifier in Zenica.

Viktor Pecovsk's long-range effort settled the contest in the 77th minute as Slovakia breathed new life into their own hopes of reaching the finals in Brazil next year.

Bosnia led the way by three points at the start of the night but saw their advantage wiped out by Greece - 1-0 winners over Liechtenstein - and now sit top on goal difference alone.

The defeat was Bosnia's first in seven qualifiers so far, while the win sees third-placed Slovakia close to within four points of the leaders.

Both sides created plenty of chances in an open contest, with Bosnia bossing their early exchanges with Zvjezdan Misimovic and Miralem Pjanic both going close inside the opening 18 minutes.

Avdija Vrsajevic forced a save from Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha after 24 minutes, but slowly the match came to the visitors and Asmir Begovic had to be on his toes to turn away a Juraj Kucka drive from the edge of the area just after the half-hour.

With 63 minutes on the clock Begovic again had to be alert to tip away a Pecovsky effort, but the Stoke goalkeeper had no response 13 minutes from time as Slovakia took the lead.

Vladimir Weiss' cross from the left was only half cleared by the home defence, and when the ball came to Pecovsky over 25 yards from goal he took aim with a low drive that just evaded Begovic's dive.

Bosnia rallied to preserve their unbeaten record in what time remained, but when they did break through Edin Visca's shot was kept at bay by Mucha.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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