Luxembourg hold Belarus to 1:1 draw in 2018 WC qualifier


Luxembourg hold Belarus to 1:1 draw in 2018 WC qualifier

The football team of Belarus drew their match against Luxembourg in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier.

Belarusians took possession and had playing advantage throughout the game, but the visitors successfully repelled all attacks of Alexander Khatskevich's team for a long time. However, the hosts' perseverance brought fruit not long before the final whistle.

After 80 minutes, Pavel Savitsky, a substitute, opened the scoring after being set up by Timofei Kalachev and Denis Polyakov. However, Belarusian fans, who had definitely added three points to their team's tally, were shocked to see Luxembourg equalize. After a free kick by Aurelien Joachim the ball struck Mikhail Gordeychuk's back and wrong-footed Belarus' goalie Gorbunov flying into the empty corner of the net - 1:1.

After the game, manager Alexander Khatskevich said that his team did their best, but speaking about the ricochet he noted that luck had turned its back on Belarus.

In other Group A matches the Netherlands lost to France 0:1 in Amsterdam, while Sweden dealt confidently with Bulgaria in Stockholm 3:0.

Previously, Belarus held France to a 0:0 draw at home and lost to the Netherlands 1:4 away.

Standings after three rounds: France - 7 points (goal difference - 5-1), Sweden - 7 (7-1), Netherlands - 4 (5-3), Bulgaria - 3 (5-10), Belarus - 2 (2-5), Luxembourg - 1 (4-6).

In the next round on November 11, Belarus travel to Bulgaria, France take on Sweden and the Netherlands go for three points to Luxembourg.