Round-Up: Bosnia beaten in classic by Belgium, big boost to home nations
Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered a big setback in World Cup qualifying when losing 4-3 at home to Belgium – in a result which is superb news for Wales and Scotland, amongst others.
Bosnia’s defeat means that if Wales win the huge showdown in Cardiff on October 9 against Ireland, they will be guaranteed of a play-off place. Ireland would also stand an excellent chance with three points.
Scotland, meanwhile, will also be assured of a play-off place if they win their final qualifier against Slovenia - and Northern Ireland need only a point against Norway. Bosnia's defeat also means Italy are in the play-offs.
There are nine groups in European qualification and the second-placed team with the worst record against the teams placed first, third, fourth and fifth in their group will not go into the play-offs.
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.
Belgium had already qualified but Bosnia have lost second spot in Group H after Greece beat Cyprus 2-1.
Elsewhere in Group H in an early kick-off, Estonia routed Gibraltar 6-0 away from home, with Joonas Tamm bagging a hat-trick.
Sweden's Marcus Berg celebrates with teammate Ola ToivonenReuters
Netherlands trail Sweden by three points after their 3-1 win over Belarus and must now hammer them by seven goals in Amsterdam on Tuesday to snatch the runner-up spot.
Faroe Islands also drew 0-0 with Latvia to move onto nine points in Group B.
EUROPEAN QUALIFYING RESULTS
Sweden 8-0 Luxembourg
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 Belgium
Faroe Islands 0-0 Latvia
Gibraltar 0-6 Estonia
Belarus 1-3 Netherlands
Bulgaria 0-1 France:
Andorra 0-2 Portugal
Switzerland 5-2 Hungary
Cyprus 1-2 Greece