FK Slavija Sarajevo have won the Bosnia-Herzegovnian Cup with Mladen Lučić saving Ilija Prodanović's effort to hand them a 4-3 penalty shoot-out success against FK Sloboda Tuzla after the final finished 2-2 on aggregate.
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FK Slavija Sarajevo have won the Bosnia-Herzegovnian Cup with Mladen Lučić saving Ilija Prodanović's effort to hand them a 4-3 penalty shoot-out success against FK Sloboda Tuzla after the two-legged final finished 2-2 on aggregate.
Nikola Michellini and Prodanović had struck to give Sloboda a 2-0 lead in the first leg, but Slavija took advantage in the return leg after the 55th-minute dismissal of Adan Jahić left their visitors with ten men. Ognjen Todorović scored their first of the night on 70 minutes and while the dismissal of Slavija's Sretko Vuksanović two minutes later evened up the numbers, the capital side levelled the scores three minutes from time with defender Michellini's mistake allowing Darko Spalević to head into an empty net.
With the scores level on aggregate at full-time, the match went to penalties with Lučić denying Prodanović to win the tie for his side. Slavija coach Zoran Erbez concluded: "This has been a very successful season. We finished second in the Premijer Liga and only five days later we have won the Bosnia-Herzegovnian Cup. Through perseverence we took the game to penalties and then we had some luck on our side." Both Slavija and Sloboda, who finished third in the league, will compete in next season's UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. Sloboda also lost last season's cup final on penalties, against this season's league champions NK Zrinjski.