An Edin Dzeko brace handed Bosnia a 2-0 home win over Northern Ireland in an action packed UEFA Nations League clash on Monday in Sarajevo.
The victory further consolidated Bosnia’s place on top of the second-tier’s Group 3.
It left the Bosnians on a maximum nine points from three games, ahead of Austria who have three points from two matches and Northern Ireland who have none from three games.
Both sides missed some goal scoring chances in the end-to-end contest, with Dzeko firing the home side ahead in the 27th minute. That was when he steered the ball into the bottom left corner from 10 metres after a defensive blunder by Jamal Lewis. Midfielder George Saville twice came close for Northern Ireland.
Also, Dzeko fired over the bar and had a superb goal controversially disallowed for offside at the other end in the first half.
Substitute Gavin Whyte missed a chance to equalise in the 56th minute before Dzeko struck again in the 73rd.
The Roma player side footed the ball past goalkeeper Bailey Peacock Farrell after a defence splitting pass by Miralem Pjanic.
Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic kept out Saville’s pile driver before Northern Ireland hit the woodwork for the third time in the dying minutes.
The home team’s defender Ervin Zukanovic also deflected a low cross from the right.