Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

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

But goals from Thomas Meunier, Michy Batshuayi, the Tottenham star and an 84th-minute victor from Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco sealed the victory - Belgium's eighth in nine World Cup qualifiers.

The hosts looked to have snatched a lifeline in Sarajevo when Dario Dumic made it 3-3 on 82 minutes, but Belgium had the lead again with in a minute when Yannick Ferreira Carrasco exploited a big mistake from Arsenal's Sead Kolasinc.

"I was anxious I'd get injured", he admitted.

"This mud, it brings back good memories of when I was young, when you play in the garden and the pitch quickly turns into a potato patch".

Belgium had already qualified but Bosnia will now lose second spot in Group H if Greece win away in Cyprus later this evening.

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi drew Belgium level just before the hour mark and when Jan Vertonghen volleyed home from close range in the 68th minute, Belgium led 3-2.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez joined de Bruyne in criticising the field conditions after the match, as defender Marouane Fellaini suffered a knee injury. "It was impossible to play any tactics", Martinez said after the match.

He added: "Our team spirit won the game".

Vertonghen who has making his 96 appearance for his country was responsible for allowing a goal to be scored due to some poor defending, however he did make amends by scoring the winning goal. They face Estonia in their final qualifying fixture.

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