Italy in World Cup play-offs after Belgium win thriller

For now, however, Group H holds the potential key to a guaranteed play-off.

Italy have secured a World Cup playoff qualification round spot after Bosnia lost to Belgium today (by a 4-3 score line).

One of the nine group runners-up will miss out on the play-offs - with Bosnia now occupying that spot ahead of Greece's away trip to Cyprus.

Thomas Meunier opened the scoring for Belgium, but the hosts scored two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead at the break.

While Martinez knows his Belgium side can afford to rest easy knowing their World Cup place is assured, the visitors aren't liable to be pushovers as they seek to send a statement ahead of the tournament.

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Medunjanin equalised on the half-hour with a close-range finish after he was set up Edin Dzeko and Visca rifled in a fierce shot from 14 metres nine minutes later after a calamitous error by Belgium defender Jan Verthongen.

"But we wanted to win, too".

Belgian players said they had difficulty playing on the pitch at Grbavica Stadium, where stewards shoveled sand onto the field before kickoff. Greece could still finish level with Ireland on 13 points if they defeat Cyprus and Gibraltar (whose losses don't contribute to the above table).

The Cypriots shocked the Greeks at the start, as a great through-ball by Grigoris Kastanos split open the Greek defense and found Pieros Sotiriou who beat Orestis Karnezis with his second effort on the 18th minute.

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