Besic Features In Seven-Goal Thriller

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Mo Besic came out on the losing side of a seven-goal thriller as Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup qualifying hopes were hit by a 4-3 home defeat to Belgium.

The Blues midfielder played for more than an hour in Sarajevo against the Red Devils, who have already booked their place for Russia after topping group H.

Bosnia went into the clash in second place and looking for a play-off spot but fell behind to Thomas Meunier's fourth-minute goal, only for Haris Medunjanin to grab a quick leveller for the hosts.

Edin Visca put Bosnia ahead before the break, before Michy Batshuayi levelled for Belgium, who had Everton forward Kevin Mirallas as an unused substitute. 

Jan Vertonghen then put the away side 3-2 up, only for 
Dario Dumic to thump in a header from a corner with eight minutes to play to level the scores.

But within two minutes Belgium hit the winner, Yannick Carrasco slotting home at the near post to leave deal a blow to Bosnia's hopes of making next summer's World Cup finals.

Elsewhere, in group A, Davy Klaassen came off the bench to help the Netherlands to a 3-1 success away to Belarus - but the qualifying hopes for Oranje are all but over.

The game was level at 1-1 when Klaassen was introduced as an 83rd-minute substitute, and seconds later Arjen Robben slotted home a penalty after Bas Dost was fouled in the area. Memphis Depay sealed the win with a stoppage-time free-kick but wins for both Sweden and France means the Netherlands need to beat the former by seven goals in their final group match to make it to Russia next summer.

In African qualifying, Idrissa Gana Gueye played the full 90 minutes in Senegal's 2-0 victory at Cape Verde. West Ham's Diafra Sakho opened the scoring on 82 minutes, while Cheikh N'Doye made the points safe in stoppage-time as the Lions of Teranga moved top of group D, four points clear of South Africa.


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