Thursday, September 11, 2008


ZENICA, Bosnia (September 11,2008) - A barnstorming performance saw Bosnia climb back into contention against a sorry-looking Estonia side.Bosnia is celebrating the biggest win in the history of the Bosnian national football team after a 7-0 drubbing of Estonia in Zenica yesterday,with coach Miroslav Blažević proud to say that "even when we were 5-0 up we kept playing like it was still 0-0".

Bosnia got their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running in breathtaking style as they swept sorry Estonia aside in a one-sided encounter in Zenica.

After being unfortunate to lose 1-0 to European champions Spain in their opening Group 5 qualifier on Saturday, Bosnia vented their frustration on an Estonia side yesterday who have lost both of their opening games, shipping 10 goals in the process.

Zvjezdan Misimovic scored a hat trick yesterday to lead Bosnia to a 7-0 rout over Estonia in a World Cup qualifier.

Misimovic made it 1-0 in the 25th after exchanging passes with Edin Dzeko and shooting the ball into the left corner of the net. He doubled his tally with a penalty just four minutes later after Estonia's Taavi Rahn fouled Samir Muratovic in the area.

Bosnia were unstoppable after the interval.Misimovic made it 3-0 in the 56th with a powerful shot from 30 meters (yards) that was fumbled by Estonia goalkeeper Pavel Londak.

Zlatan Muslimovic added a fourth for Bosnia just two minutes later, before Dzeko added two goals of his own, first on a rebound from a free kick and then with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Senijad Ibricic completed the rout in the 88th, rounding substitute goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu and slotting the ball into an open net.

It was the Bosnian national football team coach Miroslav Blazevic's first win since taking over in July.

Video: Bosnia 7-0 Estonia

Bosnia: Kenan Hasagic, Dzemal Berberovic, Emir Spahic, Samir Muratovic (Senijad Ibricic 74), Elvir Rahimic, Dario Damjanovic, Zlatan Muslimovic (Vedad Ibisevic 72) Zvjezdan Misimovic (Miralem Pjanic 69), Edin Dzeko, Safet Nadarevic, Sejad Salihovic.

Estonia: Pavel Londak (Mihkel Aksalu 72) Taavi Rahn, Alo Barengrub, Aleksandr Dmitrijev (Kaimar Saag 68), Ats Purje, Andres Oper, Joel Lindpere (Dmitri Kruglov 68) Martin Vunk, Konstantin Vassiljev, Ragnar Klavan, Enar Jaager .

1-0 Misimovic 25'
2-0 Misimovic (pen.) 29'
3-0 Misimovic 56'
4-0 Muslimovic 58'
5-0 Dzeko 60'
6-0 Dzeko 72'
7-0 Ibricic 88'

1.Spain 6
2.Turkey 4
3.Belgium 4
4.Bosnia 3
5.Armenia 0
6.Estonia 0

Bosnian national footbal team coach Miroslav Blazevic reacts to his team's victory of 7 goals against Estonia, (by showing 7 fingers) during the World Cup group 5 qualifying soccer match between Bosnia and Estonia in Zenica, Bosnia, Wednesday, Sept. 10,2008.

Bosnian national football team players celebrate scoring against Estonia during the World Cup group 5 qualifying soccer match between Bosnia and Estonia in Zenica September 10, 2008.

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