ZENICA, Bosnia, Oct 11 (Reuters) - European champions Greece sank 10-man Bosnia with a first-half penalty and three late goals on Wednesday to make it three wins out of three in their Euro 2008 Group C qualifying campaign.
Greece went ahead in the ninth minute when forward Angelos
Haristeas converted what looked like a harshly-awarded penalty
after left-back Dalibor Silic used a hand to protect his face
from a fierce Stylianos Giannakopoulos shot.
Substitute defender Christos Patsatzoglou, forward Georgios
Samaras and midfielder Konstantions Katsouranis scored in the
last 10 minutes to polish the win after Bosnia had defender Sasa
Papac sent off five minutes into the second half.
It was a case of mistaken identity by Russian referee Yuri
Baskakov, as Emir Spahic committed the foul on Giannakopoulos on
the edge of the box while Papac was several metres away.
The win lifts the Greeks alongside Turkey on nine points
after their rivals' 5-0 thrashing of Moldova. Norway have six
points while Bosnia remain fourth on four points. Hungary and
Malta have three and Moldova one.
'We played against a good team but we played as we agreed
and achieved what we came for,' Greece's German coach Otto
Rehhagel told reporters.
Bosnia, missing suspended skipper Sergej Barberez, started
strongly and forward Mladen Bartolovic had a 10-metre header
saved by Greece goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis in the fifth
But once the Greeks grabbed the lead they never looked like
Patsatzoglou scored with a fierce 80th minute shot from the
edge of the area on a return pass from Samaras, who scored with
a lob three minutes later.
Katsouranis added the fourth with another lob deep in injury
'There is nothing I can tell my players. They showed they
wanted to fight for a good result but our morale suffered a blow
after the penalty and the red card and the result does not
reflect the situation on the pitch,' Bosnia coach Blaz Sliskovic
Sliskovic, who had resigned after last month's 3-1 home loss
by Hungary but then reversed his decision, said the Bosnian
Football Asocciation's executive board would decide his fate.
'It is too early to talk about it now,' he said.