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Bilbija secures vital Bosnia victory

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 22.45CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina kept up their play-off hopes as two goals from captain Nemanja Bilbija helped them defeat Belarus in Group 1.
Bilbija secures vital Bosnia victory
Nemanja Bilbija scores Bosnia and Herzegovina's second goal against Belarus ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 22.45CET

Bilbija secures vital Bosnia victory

Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina kept up their play-off hopes as two goals from captain Nemanja Bilbija helped them defeat Belarus in Group 1.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off received a shot in the arm as two second-half goals by Nemanja Bilbija and a last-minute effort by Milan Djurić took them three points clear of their nearest rivals in second place.

The hosts started as they meant to go on, Muhamed Bešić putting a chance wide with barely four minutes on the clock and Edin Višća curling a free-kick over soon after. Miroslav Stevanović and Benjamin Čolić also came close in a frenetic opening as Vlado Jagodić's charges shot out of the blocks.

Though Dmitri Baga looked lively for Belarus, forcing Semir Bukvić into two tidy saves, the home side deservedly took the lead when Bilbija connected with Višća's corner seven minutes after half-time. The Bosnian captain then doubled his tally from the penalty spot on 76 minutes after Kirill Aleksiyan felled Stevanović in the area.

The match was put beyond doubt when Djurić applied the coup de grace in the dying seconds, taking Bosnia and Herzegovina up to second place in Group 1, three points clear of their defeated opponents, and Greece,  the latter having played a game more.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.06CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belarus

Belarus

1
BukvićSemir Bukvić (GK)
1
ScherbakovAndrei Scherbakov (GK)
2
B. ČolićBenjamin Čolić
2
YasinskiIgor Yasinski
Substitution77
3
KvesićJosip Kvesić
Yellow Card21
4
PolitevichSergei Politevich (C)
4
SipovićEnes Sipović
Yellow Card79
5
BagaDmitri Baga
Yellow Card60
5
MarkićToni Markić
6
KuzmenokIgor Kuzmenok
Yellow Card54
6
ZahirovićAdnan Zahirović
7
KuganAleksandr Kugan
7
VišćaEdin Višća
15
SkitovArtem Skitov
Substitution59
8
StevanovićMiroslav Stevanović
17
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
9
BilbijaNemanja Bilbija (C)
Goal52
Goal76
Substitution89
18
AleksievichIlya Aleksievich
Yellow Card71
10
GrahovacSrdjan Grahovac
Yellow Card18
Substitution67
19
AleksiyanKirill Aleksiyan
Substitution89
11
BešićMuhamed Bešić
Substitution79
21
IvanovFilipp Ivanov

Substitutes

12
AbdihodžićAlmin Abdihodžić (GK)
12
IgnatovichSergei Ignatovich (GK)
13
HusićSenad Husić
8
PatotskiOleg Patotski
Substitution59
16
BekićAmer Bekić
9
KorolyukYuri Korolyuk
17
MešanovićJasmin Mešanović
Substitution89
13
KondratievSergei Kondratiev
Substitution89
19
GnjatićOgnjen Gnjatić
Substitution67
14
LebedevAndrei Lebedev
20
KvesićMario Kvesić
20
SavitskiPavel Savitski
Substitution77
23
DjurićMilan Djurić
Substitution79
Goal90
23
BombelArtur Bombel

Coach

Vlado Jagodić (BIH) Yuri Shukanov (BLR)

Referee

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR), Jan Erik Engan (NOR)

Fourth official

Anders Johansen (NOR)

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