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Bosnia beats Greece 3-1 in World Cup qualifying

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ZENICA, Bosnia (AP)

Edin Dzeko scored twice as Bosnia beat Greece 3-1 on Friday to move three points clear at the top of its World Cup qualifying group.

Bosnia tops Group G with 13 points from five matches, while Greece stays on 10 points.

Dzeko led the Bosnian threat, and beat Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis in the 30th minute, expertly heading in a free kick from Zvjezdan Misimovic.

Six minutes later, Karnezis blocked a penalty from Misimovic, but Vedad Ibisevic got the better of a disorganized Greek defense to tap in the loose ball.

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded the penalty after Giorgos Tzavelas had brought down Mensur Mujdza with a clumsy tackle.

Greece brought on striker Fanis Gekas in the second half but went 3-0 down in the 54th when Misimovic set up Dzeko for another header.

Gekas scored Greece's consolation goal in injury time off a cross from Georgios Samaras.

Roared on by 16,000 fans at Bilino Polje stadium, the Bosnians refused to sit back and pushed for more goals through to the end of the game.

Substitute Miroslav Stevanovic threatened to score in injury time after sprinting toward the Greek goal, but Karnezis did well to block his shot.

''We have no excuse. Our opponents were better than us. It's as simple as that,'' Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis said. ''They hit us on our strong points, scoring from dead balls. We lost, we're upset. And we have to bounce back from it.''



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