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Muslimović keeps Bosnians flying

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.30CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 Malta Zlatan Muslimović's early strike capped a superb week for Bosnia-Herzegovina who are now up to second place in Group C.
Muslimović keeps Bosnians flying
Bosnia-Herzegovina's Vedin Musić (centre) takes on Malta's Ivan Woods @Getty Images

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaMalta

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners10
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.30CET

Muslimović keeps Bosnians flying

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 Malta Zlatan Muslimović's early strike capped a superb week for Bosnia-Herzegovina who are now up to second place in Group C.

Bosnia-Herzegovina capped a superb week with a hard-fought win against Malta that takes them second in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group C.

Absent coach
Zlatan Muslimović's sixth-minute goal proved sufficient for the home side four days after their dramatic defeat of Turkey. Bosnia-Herzegovina, led by Ivo Ištuk in the absence of their hospitalised coach Fuad Muzurović, are five points behind leaders Greece but ahead of both Turkey and Norway on head-to-head record. Malta remain sixth.

Early breakthrough
Having triumphed with a last-gasp goal on Saturday, Bosnia-Herzegovina's decisive moment arrived early tonight. Parma FC striker Muslimović was picked out by attacking partner Edin Džeko from the right and he drove his shot high into the net past Mario Muscat. Muslimović almost had a second in the 28th minute when he unleashed a fierce drive from 16 metres which flew centimetres past Muscat's far post. The keeper was tested again on 42 minutes yet was equal to a long-range attempt from defender Vedin Musić. For Malta, frontrunner Ivan Woods posed the biggest threat and he had the visitors' best chance of the opening period with a shot that was punched clear by Adnan Gušo.

Close calls
The second half was a similarly tight affair apart from a five-minute spell when both teams had opportunities to score. First, Malta captain Gilbert Agius let fly a shot from distance which was blocked by Bosnia-Herzegovina defender Boris Pandža on 66 minutes. Muslimović then saw an effort deflected off Brian Said before he was frustrated by a fine stop from Muscat after nodding on a corner from Zvjezdan Misimović. Still, Bosnia-Herzegovina know that wins in Hungary and at home to Moldova in September would leave them within sight of a first major finals.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.34CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Malta

Malta

1
GušoAdnan Gušo (GK)
1
M. MuscatMario Muscat (GK)
7
MusićVedin Musić
Substitution90+1
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
18
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
4
SaidBrian Said
28
PandžaBoris Pandža
5
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution65
16
RadeljicIvan Radeljic
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Yellow Card57
11
MaletićDarko Maletić
Substitution80
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
4
DamjanovićDario Damjanović
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović (C)
Yellow Card54
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
10
WoodsIvan Woods
Substitution70
9
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
Goal6
17
SammutKevin Sammut
23
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution57
18
PaceJamie Pace
Substitution82

Substitutes

22
AlaimMuhamed Alaim (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
8
MuharemovićVeldin Muharemović
Substitution90+1
2
PullicinoPeter Pullicino
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution65
15
ČustovićAdnan Čustović
14
BarbaraEtienne Barbara
Substitution82
19
BartolovićMladen Bartolović
Substitution80
15
WellmenStephen Wellmen
20
ZebaZajko Zeba
Substitution57
16
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
17
BožićMario Božić
11
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Substitution70

Coach

Fuad Muzurovic (BIH) Dušan Fitzel (CZE)

Referee

Ceri Richards (WAL)

Assistant referees

Edward King (WAL), Maldwyn Williams (WAL)

Fourth official

Lee Evans (WAL)

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