With the 2014 World Cup just a year away, the qualifying matches have taken even greater importance as teams head towards the finish line.
Here we take a look at how the European sides of Group G got on this past week:
Latvia 0-5 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina continue to take big steps towards Brazil 2014, brushing Latvia aside in the second half. Latvia had a nightmare start to the match after Fertovs was sent-off in the first ten minutes of the game. Nevertheless, they weren’t ready to give up just yet and managed to keep their opponents at bay in the first half.
The second half however, was a different story. Senad Lulic was the first to score two minutes after the break. Vedad Ibisevic and Haris Medunjanin put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark before Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko hit in close succession to pull-of an emphatic victory.
Liechtenstein 1-1 Slovakia
Slovakia’s hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 took a massive blow as underdogs Liechtenstein managed to hold them to a draw. The hosts drew first blood, shocking their opponents with an early goal 13 minutes in.
But just as it seemed they might secure their first win of the qualifiers, Jan Durica came through with the equaliser. Both teams wanted the win, but the result stayed the same, hurting the guest’s chances of progressing.
Lithuania 0-1 Greece
Greece stayed within touching distance of Bosnia-Herzegovina with an away win against Lithuania. The winning goal was score after 20 minutes by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, putting Greece in a solid position for direct qualification if they can capitalise on any slip-ups made by group leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bosnia-Herzegovina are in a good position to finish top of the group, with a greatly superior goal-difference compared to closest rivals Greece. On the other hand, Greece have slightly easier matches ahead, with only one away game in their last four fixtures.
Meanwhile, Slovakia have an outside chance of securing second place, seeing as they are yet to play their away game against Greece in addition to being four points behind them.
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