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M Hamsik (42)

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I Hajrovic (78)

World Cup qualifier: Bosnia in pole position after sixth victory

Last Updated: 10/09/13 11:02pm

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Izet Hajrovic grabbed the winner as Bosnia retained their place at the summit of Group G in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign

Izet Hajrovic grabbed the winner as Bosnia retained their place at the summit of Group G in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign

Goals from unlikely sources steered Bosnia to a comeback 2-1 win over Slovakia in their World Cup Group G qualifier on Tuesday and kept them on course to reach their first major tournament as an independent nation.

The result left the Bosnians top of their section with 19 points from eight games, three more than Greece who were hosting Latvia later in the day while Slovakia remain third with 12 points.

Defender Ermin Bicakcic and second-half substitute Izet Hajrovic delighted several thousand visiting Bosnian fans in a packed Zilina stadium after Marek Hamsik had given the hosts a 42nd-minute lead.

Both sides missed plenty of good chances, with Slovakia keeper Jan Mucha producing a string of superb saves before midfielder Hamsik got on the end of an Adam Nemec pass and beat Asmir Begovic with a crisp left-footed shot from 10 metres.

Bosnia, who dominated from start to finish, piled on the pressure after the break and drew level in the 69th minute after Emir Spahic headed a corner into Bicakcic's path and the left back buried the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

With Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko enduring a quiet evening thanks to some rugged Slovakia defending, Hajrovic grabbed a spectacular winner in the 78th minute when he left Mucha clutching at air with a thunderbolt from 25 metres.

Victory means Bosnia are guaranteed a play-off place, and will automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup with wins in Lithuania and at home to Liechtenstein.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 10th Sep - Group F
    Tue 10th Sep - Group G
    • Lithuania
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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      TV
    • Slovakia
      1 - 2
      Bos & Herz
      bet
      TV
    • Greece
      1 - 0
      Latvia
      bet
      TV
    Tue 10th Sep - Group B
    Tue 10th Sep - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 1
      Sweden
      bet
      TV
    • Austria
      1 - 0
      Rep Ireland
      bet
      TV
    • Faroe Islands
      0 - 3
      Germany
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      TV
    Tue 10th Sep - Group E
    Tue 10th Sep - Group I
    Tue 10th Sep - Group D
    Tue 10th Sep - Group A
    Tue 10th Sep - Group H

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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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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