Bosnia's national soccer team line up for a team photo before their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Latvia in Riga June 7, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Bosnia and Herzegovina will look to take back first place in Group G when it takes on Slovakia in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has been in a heated race with Greece for the top spot in the group. The nation held the spot heading into Friday's qualifiers but suffered a 1-0 setback against Slovakia in Zenica. That loss allowed Greece to tie them for first place; fortunately Bosnia and Herzegovina has a +19 goal differential compared to Greece's +4.
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This game will provide Bosnia with a major chance at revenge, but it means just as much to Slovakia. If they can manage to win two of two against Bosnia and Herzegovina then they will be back in the race for first or second place in the group. If Greece loses against Latvia and Slovakia wins, then they will be just one point behind first and second place with two games to go. One of the teams that Slovakia would face in the final two matches is Greece; a victory in that game would give them a chance to secure second place in the group.
Slovakia has pulled off three wins, three draws, and one loss in the entire tournament; that one defeat came against Greece on Oct. 16, 2012.
Edin Dzeko leads Bosnia and Herzegovina in scoring with eight goals, while Marek Sapara leads Slovakia with three goals scored throughout the tournament.
Prediction: Bosnia and Herzegovina gets revenge and wins 1-0.
Start Time: 2:15 p.m. EST