WCQ: Sweden, Bosnia Thrash Belarus, Gibraltar; Switzerland Edge Latvia

WCQ: Sweden, Bosnia Thrash Belarus, Gibraltar; Switzerland Edge Latvia



By James Agberebi:

Sweden defeated visiting Belarus 4-0  in a European 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Group A on Saturday.

Emil Forsberg bagged a brace while Marcus Berg and Isaac Thelin scored the other goals.

Forsberg opened scoring in the 19th minute from the penalty spot.

He made it 2-0 in the 49th minute before Berg got on the score sheet on 57 minutes to make it 3-0.

Thelin completed the rout in the 78th minute.

The win lifted Sweden to the top of Group A temporarily on 10 points ahead of France who also have 10 points but are now second on inferior goals difference.

Switzerland extended their lead in Group B to 15 points following a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Latvia.

Josip Drmic was the hero for the Swiss as he scored in the 66th minute to earn his team the important win.

The Swiss are now six points ahead of second-placed Portugal who have nine points and will host third-placed Hungary on Saturday night.

In Group H, Bosnia Herzegovina playing at home walloped Gibraltar 4-0.

Vedad Ibisevic (brace, fourth and 43rd minutes), Avdija Vrsajevic (52nd minute) Edin Visca (56th minute) and Ermin Bicakcic (90th minute) were the scorers for Bosnia.

In other 2018 European World Cup qualifiers played on Saturday, Andorra were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Faroe Islands in Group B, while Estonia went away to hold Cyprus to a 0-0 in Group H.

European 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers:

Sweden 4-0 Belarus

Bosnia 5-0 Gibraltar

Cyprus 0-0 Estonia

Switzerland 1-0 Latvia

Andorra 0-0 Faroe Islands

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