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Bosnia toil for opening win

Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 22.47CET
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2-0 Luxembourg
Two second-half goals give home side first taste of victory.

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaLuxembourg

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 22.47CET

Bosnia toil for opening win

Bosnia & Herzegovina 2-0 Luxembourg
Two second-half goals give home side first taste of victory.

Bosnia-Herzegovina recorded their first victory in their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign as goals from Elvir Bolic and Sergej Barbarez secured victory over group minnows Luxembourg.

First win, first goals
The win came after back-to-back defeats for Blaž Sliškovic's side but despite scoring their first two goals of the campaign, they remain in fourth place behind group heavyweights Denmark, Norway and Romania, with Luxembourg pointless and goalless after three matches.

Impressive Besic
The home side dominated at Sarajevo's Olimpijski stadium but were continually denied in the first half by a superb display from Luxembourg goalkeeper Alija Besic. Bosnia's best chance in the opening period fell to Mirsad Bešlija after 14 minutes but his shot struck the post.

Bolic on target
However, the deadlock was finally broken after 53 minutes when Bolic rose highest in the box to head in a fine cross from Elvir Baljic.

Barbarez seals win
The home side had to wait until eleven minutes from time to make sure of the three points when Barbarez capitalised on a mistake from the Luxembourg keeper to fire into the empty net.

Sliškovic praises visitors
Bosnian coach Sliškovic paid tribute to Luxembourg in his post-match assessment. He said: "This was a tough match. We had a lot of chances and the visitors surprised us with the high level of their performance. With these three points we can travel with much more optimism to Copenhagen."

Mistakes punished
Luxembourg coach Allan Simonsen was happy with his side's performance, saying: "I think my players played very well. Our goalkeeper preformed extraordinarily well. In the second half the home side punished two of our mistakes and they deserved the victory."

Last updated: 29/03/03 23.24CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
HasagićKenan Hasagić
1
BešićAlija Bešić
Yellow Card75
2
BiščevićBulend Biščević
Yellow Card45+2
Substitution68
2
PetersRené Peters
3
MusićVedin Musić
3
FederspielBen Federspiel
4
KonjicMuhamed Konjic
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
Yellow Card71
5
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
5
StrasserJeff Strasser
6
AlihodzicHaris Alihodzic
6
RemySébastien Remy
7
BolićElvir Bolić
Goal58
Substitution81
7
SchaulsManou Schauls
8
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
Substitution79
8
MolitorGregory Molitor
9
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
Goal75
9
BraunGordon Braun
Substitution88
10
GrujićVladan Grujić
10
F. LeweckFons Leweck
Substitution77
11
BaljićElvir Baljić
Yellow Card32
11
ChristopheMarcel Christophe
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
ToljaAlmir Tolja
12
GilletStéphane Gillet
13
BerberovićDžamal Berberović
Substitution68
13
Di DomenicoSven Di Domenico
Substitution77
16
TurkovićAlmir Turković
Substitution81
15
HussDaniel Huss
Substitution85
17
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
Substitution79
18
SchneiderSacha Schneider
Substitution88
14
MiskovicNenad Miskovic
14
LassinePatrick Lassine
15
MulinaSiniša Mulina
16
EngeldingerGilles Engeldinger
18
BlatnjakDragan Blatnjak
17
CardoniManuel Cardoni

Coach

Blaz Sliškovic (SRB)

Referee

Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Assistant referees

Markku Tiensuu (FIN), Ville Mantere (FIN)

Fourth official

Tony Asumaa (FIN)

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