WC Qual - UEFA
September 7, 2012
1 - 8
13:00 EDT, September 7, 2012
Referee: Marco Borg
Watch Live on: ESPN3.com
Liechtenstein 1-8 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scored a hat-trick apiece as Bosnia-Herzegovina thrashed Liechtenstein in their opening 2014 World Cup qualification match.
Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic scored twice in five minutes before Ibisevic netted two goals as the visitors took a comfortable four goal lead at half-time.
Their domination continued after the break when Manchester City forward Dzeko fired a hat-trick before strike partner Ibisevic sealed his own three-goal effort from the six-yard box with seven minutes left on the clock.
Substitute striker Mathias Christen at least ensured Liechtenstein got on the scoresheet in the 61st minute, scoring at the second attempt after Bosnia-Herzegovina and Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic failed to block his initial shot.
It was a much-improved performance by Bosnia against the European minnows after they failed to qualify for this year's European Championship in a play-off against Portugal.
Misimovic broke the deadlock in the 26th minute after a quiet opening period but then the floodgates opened, with Liechtenstein unable to stem the tide in a dominant performance by Safet Susic's side.
|1 Peter Jehle||1 Asmir Begovic|
|6 Martin Stocklasa||4 Emir Spahic|
|3 Yves Oehri||19 Ognjen Vranjes|
|4 Daniel Kaufmann||6 Toni Sunjic|
|5 Ivan Quintans||10 Zvjezdan Misimovic|
|11 Franz Burgmeier||15 Sejad Salihovic|
|23 Michele Polverino||8 Miralem Pjanic|
|16 Philippe Erne||14 Adnan Zahirovic|
|18 Nicolas Hasler||7 Avdija Vrsajevic|
|15 Vinzenz Flatz||9 Vedad Ibisevic|
|7 David Hasler||11 Edin Dzeko|
|12 Cengiz Bicer||Ibrahim Sehic 12|
|2 Fabian Eberle||Asmir Avdukic 22|
|9 Thomas Beck||Mensur Mujdza 13|
|19 Mathias Christen||Haris Medunjanin 18|
|Damir Vrancic 2|
|Muamer Svraka 3|
|Senijad Ibricic 17|
|Mathias Christen for Vinzenz Flatz (46)||Senijad Ibricic for Adnan Zahirovic (78)|
|Thomas Beck for Philippe Erne (71)||Muamer Svraka for Zvjezdan Misimovic (78)|
|Fabian Eberle for Nicolas Hasler (89)||Damir Vrancic for Miralem Pjanic (79)|
|Mathias Christen (73)|
|Thomas Beck (76)|
|· Rosters: Liechtenstein | Bosnia-Herzegovina|