World Cup qualifier: Edin Dzeko bags a brace as Bosnia thrash Liechenstein 4-1
Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:01pm
Edin Dzeko: Scored twice for Bosnia
Edin Dzeko bagged a brace as Bosnia-Herzegovina moved a step closer to their first major finals appearance with a 4-1 victory over Liechenstein in their penultimate Group G World Cup qualifier.
Dzeko scored either side of goals from Zvjezdan Misimovic and Vedad Ibisevic as Bosnia struck four times in 13 first-half minutes to effectively seal the win.
The result means Safet Susic's men, who top Group G, can book their World Cup place with victory over Lithuania on Tuesday.
Bosnia made clear their intentions with Peter Jehle forced into his first save after just 90 seconds, pushing aside a shot from Haris Medunjanin and then, moments later, Dzeko's effort from the resulting corner.
It took until the 27th minute for the breakthrough to come, with Misimovic crossing from the right for Dzeko to head back across goal.
Dzeko tried to add a second almost immediately, but his powerful effort was turned away for a corner.
However, they did not need to wait long before the second came as Senad Lulic teed up Misimovic who slotted home comfortably in the 33rd minute.
Dzeko blazed over seconds later but it hardly mattered as Bosnia had their third goal by the 38th minute, Ibisevic getting up to head home Avdija Vrsajevic's cross in the 38th minute.
They scored another goal seconds later, with Dzeko bagging a second as he slotted home from Miralem Pjanic's pass.
Liechenstein held out without further damage before half-time and, although they continued to come under heavy pressure in the second half, Jehle denying Ibisevic, Misimovic and Haris Medunjanin in quick succession, it was the hosts who registered next as Nicolas Hasler pulled a goal back with a header from Michele Polverino's corner.
Bosnia had further chances to add to their lead - Dzeko passing up more than one opportunity to bag a hat-trick - but they had already achieved their primary objective of three precious points in the push for Brazil.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 11th Oct - Group B
Armenia2 - 1Bulgaria
Malta1 - 4Czech Rep
Denmark2 - 2Italy
Fri 11th Oct - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Latvia
Bos & Herz4 - 1Liechtenstein
Greece1 - 0Slovakia
Fri 11th Oct - Group A
Croatia1 - 2Belgium
Wales1 - 0Macedonia
Fri 11th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan2 - 0N Ireland
Luxembourg0 - 4Russia
Portugal1 - 1Israel
Fri 11th Oct - Group H
Moldova3 - 0San Marino
Ukraine1 - 0Poland
England4 - 1Montenegro
Fri 11th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden2 - 1Austria
Germany3 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 11th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Switzerland
Slovenia3 - 0Norway
Iceland2 - 0Cyprus
Fri 11th Oct - Group D
Holland8 - 1Hungary
Andorra0 - 4Romania
Estonia0 - 2Turkey
Fri 11th Oct - Group I
Spain2 - 1Belarus
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I