Bosnia and Herzegovina took on Armenia in a crucial match away from home on Sunday.
As things stood in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, only the winners of the match would keep automatic qualification chances in their own hands.
This game also happened to be the battle between two AS Roma stars. Edin Džeko on the Bosnian side and newcomer Henrikh Mkhitaryan on that of the hosts. Even though Džeko would have a decent match, unfortunately for him and his country, Mkhitaryan played fantastically.
In 4-2 home victory, the Armenian captain was directly involved in all of his team’s goals, scoring the first two himself, he brilliantly assisted on the last two.
Mkhitaryan put his side on the board first, giving them the lead, which lasted all of ten minutes, before Džeko equalized. 1-1 turned out to be the halftime score.
Halfway though the second period, the Armenian captain scored his and his team’s second, before Amer Gojak made it 2-2 soon thereafter.
But the host just would not be denied, thanks also in large part to terrible Bosnian defending. Hovhannes Hambartsumyan gave the home team the 3-2 lead, before an own goal by Stipe Lončar put the game out of reach.
To make things even worse for Bosnia, their coach, the legendary former Croatian midfielder Robert Prosinečki resigned after the game. He said that he had joined the team with the aim of qualifying for the EURO, which he admitted was not yet a lost cause, but he felt he needed to take responsibility.
Prosinečki’s successor will have a difficult job to do. He will not be able to ease into the position, given that the next two matches against Finland and Greece respectively will be must-win encounters, if the team is to qualify automatically.
Otherwise, Bosnia will need to go though the playoffs in March, which would be extremely difficult to maneuver.