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Bosnia and Herzegovina bid to seal top-two berth

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina can guarantee a top-two finish in Group D by beating the bottom side, Luxembourg, whose qualifying campaign will come to an end in Zenica.
Bosnia and Herzegovina bid to seal top-two berth
Safet Sušić's side can guarantee a top-two finish with victory against Luxembourg ©Fedja Krvavac

Tournament statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaLuxembourg

Goals scored19
 
3
Total attempts143
 
60
Attempts on target57
 
27
Attempts off target63
 
29
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners69
 
12
Offsides51
 
11
Yellow cards29
 
15
Red Cards1
 
2
Fouls committed166
 
131
Fouls suffered177
 
122
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Bosnia and Herzegovina bid to seal top-two berth

Bosnia and Herzegovina can guarantee a top-two finish in Group D by beating the bottom side, Luxembourg, whose qualifying campaign will come to an end in Zenica.

The stakes are high in Zenica where Bosnia and Herzegovina play host to the bottom side in Group D, Luxembourg, in their final UEFA EURO 2012 home qualifier.

• Second in the section, a point adrift of a France side whom they will visit in their final Group D fixture on 11 October, Bosnia and Herzegovina can guarantee a top-two finish with a victory over Luxembourg, who have lost all four of their Group D away games, scoring just once in the process.

• Bosnia and Herzegovina won 3-0 in Luxembourg in their Group D opener on 3 September last year, thanks to first-half strikes from Senijad Ibričić, Miralem Pjanić and Edin Džeko.

• Bosnia and Herzegovina's record in four matches against Luxembourg reads W4 D0 L0 (W1 D0 L0 at home).

• The two rivals' first competitive encounters came in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004. Blaž Slišković's men won 2-0 in Zenica in their first meeting on 29 March 2003, when goals from Elvir Bolić and Sergej Barbarez sealed maximum points.

• Bosnia and Herzegovina then prevailed 1-0 in the return leg on 10 September the same year, Barbarez scoring the only goal.

• The sides' most recent meeting prior to this campaign was a 31 March 2004 friendly at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, which the visitors won 2-1.

  • Luxembourg and Bosnia and Herzegovina also met in qualifying for last summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Luxembourg won 1-0 in Sarajevo with a team including Stefano Bensi, Lars Gerson, Tom Laterza and Clayton Moreira. The Bosnian side included Ermin Zec and Ognjen Vranješ, who earned a red card.

• Vranješ featured alongside Ibrahim Šehić and Muhamed Subašić as Bosnia and Herzegovina avenged that loss with a 1-0 away win on 2 March 2010. Moreira appeared again for Luxembourg's U21s together with Michel Kettenmeyer and Kevin Malget, who was sent off.

Last updated: 26/09/11 18.37CET

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