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Teams battle for World Cup spots

Teams battle for World Cup spots”

Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne slammed the pitch in Sarajevo as "unacceptable" after his side edged Bosnia-Herzegovina in World Cup qualifying.

'I've thanked Eden, but he's our captain, ' the 30-year-old said after the match. "This was unacceptable. I don't understand how we could play on such a pitch". The Netherlands, though, now need a whopping seven-goal win over Sweden to salvage their play-off hopes, while Bosnia and Herzegovina's hopes were severely dented by a heart-stopping home loss to Belgium.

The Balkan nation led 2-1 before Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi equalised on the hour mark and Jan Vertonghen, on his 96th cap, put Belgium ahead.

Martinez also had nothing good to say about the pitch: "The pitch in Sarajevo was below any acceptable level".

France remain in pole position in Group A after an Blaide Matuidi goal secured a hard-fought win over a Bulgaria team who were previously unbeaten at home before tonight.

In the standing table of World Cup Qualifying UEFA, Belgium is in the first place with 22 points and the team Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the second place with 14 points. Fellaini injury changed our play, we lost focus, but after that showed incredible character and never gave up.

Les Bleus top Group A with 20 points, one ahead of Sweden who crushed Luxembourg 8-0, and they will qualify directly for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation if they beat Belarus at home in their final game on Tuesday.

The result now means at least three of the four teams will be guaranteed a play off place at the expense of the Bosnians on Monday night providing Greece also drop points against Cyprus later tonight.



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