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

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.”