Bosnia cement top spot
Dzeko plays leading role in comfortable win
Last Updated: 16/10/12 9:37pm
Edin Dzeko: Scored one and made another
Bosnia-Herzegovina moved to consolidate their position at the top of 2014 World Cup qualification Group G with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Lithuania.
The hosts began the night in a three-way tie at the top with a vastly superior goal difference, and with second and third-place Slovakia and Greece playing each other in Bratislava, they took a firmer grasp on a top-two place with ease.
All three goals came in the first half, with Manchester City striker and Bosnia captain Edin Dzeko having a hand in two.
Vedad Ibisevic got the opener just before the half-hour mark, latching on to a pass from Miralem Pjanic and lashing the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Pjanic was again the provider a little over five minutes later, playing in Dzeko to find the bottom corner of the net from short range.
Dzeko then returned the favour to put the game beyond doubt five minutes before the break, passing from the left for Pjanic to fire in.
Lithuania actually had the better of the second half, but the closest they came to scoring was a 63rd minute long-range effort from Mindaugas Panka which Asmir Begovic fumbled before a raised assistant's flag prevented the visitors from following up.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 16th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Azerbaijan
Israel3 - 0Luxembourg
Portugal1 - 1N Ireland
Tue 16th Oct - Group I
Belarus2 - 0Georgia
Spain1 - 1France
Tue 16th Oct - Group G
Latvia2 - 0Liechtenstein
Bosnia3 - 0Lithuania
Slovakia0 - 1Greece
Tue 16th Oct - Group D
Andorra0 - 1Estonia
Romania1 - 4Netherlands
Hungary3 - 1Turkey
Tue 16th Oct - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Wales
Macedonia1 - 0Serbia
Belgium2 - 0Scotland
Tue 16th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep0 - 0Bulgaria
Italy3 - 1Denmark
Tue 16th Oct - Group E
Cyprus1 - 3Norway
Iceland0 - 2Switzerland
Albania1 - 0Slovenia
Tue 16th Oct - Group H
Ukraine0 - 1Montenegro
San Marino0 - 2Moldova
Tue 16th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 4Rep Ireland
Austria4 - 0Kazakhstan
Germany4 - 4Sweden
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