Czech Republic and Belgium close on qualification
• Czech Republic beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to leave Holland in struggling
• Goals from Fellaini, De Bruyne and Hazard see off Bosnia-Herzegovina
Czech Republic maintained their six-point lead over Holland in second place of their qualification group with a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Yuri Logvinenko opened the scoring for the Kazakhs in the 21st minute but two second-half goals from Milan Skoda, including an 86th-minute winner, saw the Czechs keep their qualification on track. Turkey drew 1-1 with Latvia in the other Group A game.
Elsewhere, Belgium defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 to keep the heat on Wales in Group B. Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute before Marouane Fellaini and the new Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne turned things around by half-time in Brussels. Eden Hazard sealed the win from the penalty spot in the 78th minute.
Israel kept alive their hopes of a top-two finish in Group B with a comfortable 4-0 victory over rock-bottom Andorra in Haifa. Eran Zahavi struck the opener after three minutes, with Celtic’s Nir Bitton making it 2-0 with a 22nd-minute header. The Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed added a third from the penalty spot four minutes later before Munas Dabbur completed the scoring.
Meanwhile, Norway remain third in Group H following their 1-0 win over Bulgaria, Vegard Forren scoring the only goal just before the hour mark. Croatia drew 0-0 with Azerbaijan in the other game to slip into second place.