Second half goals lift Bosnia over Albania

Second-half goals from Haris Medunjanin and Darko Maletic gave Bosnia a 2-0 win over Albania on Tuesday in a qualifying match for the 2012 European Championship.

Boris Pandza’s header set up Medunjanin, who slotted the ball into the net in the 67th minute. Maletic came on a substitute and secured the victory by scoring the second with a volley in injury time.

Bosnia coach Safet Susic said he was ”glad the boys finally showed what they can do,” referring to his team’s 3-0 loss to Romania last week.

Albania’s Andi Lila was sent off in the 87th minute after fouling Elvir Rahimic.

Bosnia improved to 10 points, three behind leader France and two back from second-place Belarus.

Last month, FIFA lifted its ban on Bosnia competing in international competitions following a leadership dispute fueled by ethnic rivalry.

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s federation was suspended April 1. Some of its members had refused to abide by an order from FIFA and UEFA to replace its three-member leadership with a single president.



Bosnia-Herzegovina: Kenan Hasagic, Boris Pandza, Emir Spahic, Elvir Rahimic, Miralem Pjanic (Muhamed Besic, 77) Zvjezdan Misimovic, Edin Dzeko, Mensur Mujda (Darko Maletic, 73), Vedad Ibievic (Zlatan Muslimovic, 60) Senad Lulic, Haris Medunjanin.

Albania: Samir Ujkani, Kristi Vangjeli, Armend Dallku, Lorik Cana, Debatik Curri, Ansi Agolli (Andi Lila, 60), Ervin Bulku, Ervin Skela, Altin Lala (Gjergj Muzaka, 73) Hamdi Salihi, Erjon Bogdani (Klodian Duro, 46)