The Bosnia and Herzegovina national team began its qualifying campaign for EURO 2020 at home against Armenia on Saturday night. The young former Yugoslav republic has yet to qualify for a European championship, but this time may be the best chance to do so, with Italy and Greece being the strongest competitors.
Before the match, all the attention was on the Bosnian captain Edin Džeko who was to earn his 100th cap for his country. Yet the AS Roma striker did not contribute much to the game itself.
Instead Rade Krunić opened the scoring for the Dragons after the half-hour mark. Deni Milošević doubled that lead for Bosnia in the 80th minute. In added time, Armenia’s star player Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored from the penalty spot, giving us the 2-1 final score.
The home team controlled much of the encounter, without really ever doing more than absolutely necessary to win it.
Armenia on the other hand was significantly more active in the second half than they had been in the opening stanza, but the Bosnian victory was hardly ever in any serious doubt.
That said, the Bosnian Dragons know that they must improve soon. Particularly ahead of next Tuesday’s showdown with the Greeks.