Bosnia beats Greece 3-1 in World Cup qualifying
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
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
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
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
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.”