HŠK Zrinjski have wrapped up the championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a game to spare after defeating FK Mladost Velika Obarska 2-0.
With last season's winners FK Željezničar only able to draw 1-1 at home to FK Sarajevo, Zrinjski knew victory would sew up their third crown following triumphs in 2004/05 and 2008/09. Stevo Nikolić and Radosav Aleksić grabbed the goals to leave Branko Karačić's side three points clear of second-placed NK Široki Brijeg with a superior head-to-head record.
Zrinjski's win against Mladost Velika Obarska was their eighth consecutive league success, with perhaps their most vital result coming at home against rivals Široki Brijeg last month. The visitors were leading 2-0 and looked set to take over at the summit, only for Zrinjski to rattle in three goals in the final 12 minutes to stay in pole position.
"Our goal was to finish higher than last time [ninth] and if we had a chance of the title to seize it," said Karačić. "We did not lose again after our defeat by FK Željeznicar in the 21st round of games and that was what made us champions. We're happy and we have the quality to get even better results. We fully deserve this title."
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|Last updated: 04/05/2014 22:25 CET|
Handžić 27, 45, 63, 73, Krunić 89
Okic 47, Hajdarevic 51
Wagner 38, Marić 50
|Venue: Siroki Brijeg|
Karic 15, 18
Dudic 23, Karić 45+1, Nuhić 46
Ordagic 23 (P)
Ar. Hodžić 26
Puzigaća 38 (P)
|Zrinjski||2-0||Mladost V. Obarska|
Nikolić 33, Aleksic 41
|2||NK Široki Brijeg||29||58|
|6||FK Borac Banja Luka||29||45|
|7||FK Olimpik Sarajevo||29||40|
|8||NK Čelik Zenica||29||40|
|9||FK Radnik Bijeljina||29||36|
|11||FK Slavija Sarajevo *||29||31|
|13||FK Mladost Velika Obarska||29||30|
|15||FK Rudar Prijedor||29||26|