Dzeko fires Bosnia to victory
- Tue 16 Oct 2012, 9:41PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Bosnia stretched their legs at the top of Group G thanks to an Edin Dzeko-inspired triumph over Lithuania.
Dzeko scored his 26th goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina in their 3-0 win in Zenica, meaning they end 2012 on top of their group and firm favourites to qualify for Brazil 2014.
It was the 35th minute when Dzeko put his country 2-0 up, adding to Ibisevic’s 29th minute strike with a neat finish from a Miralem Pjanic assist.
Pjanic was instrumental in the match and got a deserved goal after 41 minutes courtesy of a glorious assist from Dzeko. Bosnia’s record scorer took down the ball on his chest, created space and crossed for Pjanic to finish and put his nation out of sight.
Bosnia were relatively untroubled for the second period and recorded their third win in the group, meaning they have 10 points from four matches.
Vincent Kompany also got in the goalscoring act against Scotland in Brussels. Belgium’s captain unleashed an unstoppable rocket into the roof of the Scottish net after 71 minutes to double his nation’s advantage.
Scotland’s defending was as stubborn as one might expect in the first period and goalkeeper Allan McGregor was on top form, meaning it took the Belgians until the 69th minute to break through.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke got the goal after powering home a header from an Eden Hazard cross. Kompany’s goal two minutes later ended the Scottish resistance once and for all, enabling Belgium to stay top of Group A.
Another City man captaining his country in Group A was Aleksandar Kolarov against Macedonia in their qualifier away in Skopje and he almost gave his nation the lead in the 32nd minute with a trademark free-kick. However, his strike just curled away at the last moment and hit the side netting.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men were looking to get back to winning ways after going down 3-0 to Kompany’s Belgium on Friday night but it was an uphill task after Nened Tomovic was sent off and Macedonia went 1-0 up from the resulting spot kick.
Matija Nastasic also played in the match but Serbia never recovered and will need to overturn a six point deficit on Croatia and Belgium in the new year.