Thursday, October 16, 2008


ZENICA, Bosnia (October 16,2008) - Zlatan Muslimovic scored twice in the second half yesterday to help Bosnia beat Armenia 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

Bosnia took the lead in the 31st minute after Armenia goalkeeper Roman Berezovski only managed to punch away a corner straight at striker Elvir Spahic, who fired in a volley.

Bosnia controlled play throughout the first half and made it 2-0 in the 38th when Samir Muratovic's pass from the right side reached Edin Dzeko, who headed into the net from close range.

The Bosnians kept attacking after the break, and Muslimovic put the game away in the 56th, taking a pass from Zvjezdan Misimovic and dribbling through the Armenian defense before sending a powerful shot past Berezovski.

Armenia pulled one back in the 85th when Vahagn Minasyan volleyed a shot past Bosnia goalkeeper Goran Brasnic.

But Muslimovic made sure the visitors couldn't rally, heading in his second goal in the 89th after taking a pass from Admir Vladavic.

The Bosnian national football team coach Miroslav Blazevic praised his players for a committed performance.

"All credit to the players who never took their foot of the gas pedal. I am especially pleased we got the fourth goal after Armenia scored a consolation," Blazevic said.

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