Dzeko scores twice on a good night for international Blues
- 11 October 2013 22:32
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Edin Dzeko grabbed a brace as Bosnia-Herzegovina edged closer to Brazil 2014.
The City striker opened the scoring for Bosnia in their 4-1 victory over Liechtenstein with a header, and added his second and his country’s third five minutes before half time with a fantastic first-time strike.
Bosnia currently top their group on goal difference, so three points against Lithuania on Tuesday will see a first ever qualification for a World Cup.
Elsewhere, Samir Nasri played 90 minutes for France in their 6-0 win over Australia in a friendly.
Samir set up the third goal for Olivier Giroud and gave an excellent performance for Les Bleus as part of the preparation for their final World Cup qualifier against Finland on Tuesday night.
His City teammate, Gael Clichy, came off the bench for the last 35 minutes.
Vincent Kompany missed out for Belgium with a thigh strain, but the Red Devils ensured qualification to Brazil with a 2-1 win over Croatia.
Let's not overdo it guys, let's keep both feats on the ground..... Errmm, we're going to Braziiiiilll! Haha! pic.twitter.com/W9h9D4ZgvB— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 11, 2013
It will be Belgium’s first appearance at a World Cup since 2002.
Matija Nastasic completed 90 minutes and was part of a back line which recorded a clean sheet in Serbia’s 2-0 home friendly victory over Japan. The hosts did come under some pressure in the second half, and City’s centre back made some typically calm interceptions to preserve his team’s lead.
The fixture was halted in the tenth minute for both teams to give a mid-game guard of honour to Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic, who was retiring after collecting 103 caps for his country.
Aleks Kolarov was an unused substitute on this occasion.
Serbia can no longer entertain hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup, but have one qualifying fixture against Macedonia left to fulfill on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta both played the full 90 minutes in Argentina's 3-1 win over Peru. The South American giants have already qualified for the World Cup, so may be tempted to rest some stars in a second dead rubber against Uruguay on Wednesday.