Bosnia and Herzegovina Fans Set Field on Fire After Not Qualifying for World Cup

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2017

Firemen run on the pitch to take care of flares thrown by Bosnia fans during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Estonia and Bosnia in Tallinn, Estonia on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RAIGO PAJULA        (Photo credit should read RAIGO PAJULA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Supporters of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team didn't respond well to the side's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Estonia 2-1 on Tuesday night but still finished third in Group H, one spot outside of advancing to the second-round playoff.

According to Reuters, play in Tuesday's match had to be suspended in the 14th minute after Bosnia and Herzegovina fans threw flares onto the pitch. Squawka News shared photos of the scene in Tallinn, Estonia:

Bosnian journalist Sasa Ibrulj shared a video of the flares burning on the playing surface:

After play resumed, Izet Hajrovic scored twice in the second half to power Bosnia and Herzegovina to victory. Because of Greece's 4-0 win over Gibraltar, beating Estonia wasn't enough for Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for their second straight World Cup.

They finished third in Group F at the 2014 World Cup, which was the first time they had qualified for the event since gaining independence from Yugoslavia and becoming recognized by FIFA.

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