Olimpic Sarajevo win Bosnian-Herzegovinian Cup

FK Olimpic Sarajevo can celebrate a "historic success" after winning the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cup for the first time despite going a goal and a man down in the final.

Olimpic Sarajevo lift the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cup after beating Široki Brijeg in the final
Olimpic Sarajevo lift the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cup after beating Široki Brijeg in the final ©Fedja Krvavac

FK Olimpic Sarajevo have won the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cup for the first time after edging out NK Široki Brijeg on penalties in the final despite playing over half of the second leg with ten men.

The first nine spot kicks were all converted, before goalkeeper Dino Hamzić denied Davor Landeka to secure a historic first crown for an Olimpic Sarajevo side that dispatched holders HŠK Zrinjski in the semi-finals in similar fashion.

Unlike that last-four tie there were goals in the two-legged final – and plenty of excitement. Following a 1-1 draw last Wednesday, Ivan Peko put visiting Široki Brijeg in control of the return match and when the hosts' Jadranko Bogičević was quickly sent off, the writing looked to be on the wall for Olimpic Sarajevo.

Mirza Varešanović's team refused to give up, however, and levelled the tie before the hour through Veldin Muharemović, then holding on for penalties (there was no extra time). "This is a historic success for this small club," said Varešanović.

The focus in Bosnia and Herzegovina now turns to Saturday's Premier League deciders. Leaders FK Sarajevo are a point clear of FK Željezničar and will clinch the title with a home victory against FK Sloboda Tuzla. Željezničar need to win at NK Čelik Zenica and hope Sarajevo slip up.

Široki Brijeg can still join Olimpic Sarajevo in next season's UEFA Europa League first qualifying round if they beat Zrinjski by three goals or more to overtake their third-placed visitors.

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