Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Bosnian National Team Solidifies Second Place in World Cup Qualifying

Five days after notching a crucial road win against a soccer team with World Cup pedigree, they pulled off a repeat performance in Sarajevo:
Bosnia Wins Home-and-Home Series Vs. Belgium
This result extended their second-place lead in Group 5 of UEFA group stage World Cup qualifying to four points. Third-place Turkey lost their qualifier on the same day.

However, Bosnia's lead is slim. Turkey's loss was to Group 5 leader--and 2008 Euro Cup champions--Spain; their second and final match against the reigning European champions. Bosnia still has to play Spain once more, albeit for the home leg in Sarajevo.

Fortunately, Bosnia has one each of their games versus Estonia and Armenia yet to play; even better, those are their only road games remaining. With their remaining home legs against Spain and, yes, Turkey, their right to play in the final round of World Cup qualifying lies in their own hands. Bosnia are in the odd position of regarding their final two road games as must-wins, while hoping for the best in their final home legs.

Bosnia's next World Cup qualifier is on the road versus Armenia, on August 5. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Edin said...

Go Bosnia! Go!