Euro 2012 Qualifiers Group D Round Up: Edin Dzeko hands Bosnia late win; Albania ease to victory over Belarus

Manchester City striker's late winner gives his country a slight chance of qualifying, while France remain four points clear at the top of Group D
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Bosnia & Herzegovina 2-1 Romania

France’s victory against Luxembourg made it all the more important for these two teams to register a victory in Tirana, and it was the home side who came out all guns blazing – much criticised Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko putting two shots wide, followed by free kicks from Pjanic and Misomivoc that both missed the mark.

Against the run of play, it was Romania who got the lead in the 29th minute through Ciprian Marica. Bosnia failed to get back on level terms in the first half, barely testing Costel Pantilimon in the Romania goal.

However, in the second period, the home side eventually got their equaliser. Zvjezdan Misimovic took a 63rd minute free kick, and Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic put it into the back of the net.

This started a period of dominance for the Bosnians, and in the 83rd minute, after 20 minutes of pressure, Dzeko silenced a few doubters to hand his side their second win of the campaign.

This result allowed Bosnia to stay in with an outside chance of qualification for the tournament, but makes things look bleak for Romania, who only have two points from four games.

Albania 1-0 Belarus

Belarus had been the surprise package of Group D, giving themselves a real chance of qualification for their first major tournament by beating France, and not conceding a single goal in their first four matches.

They didn’t have it easy against their Albanian opponents. Their as yet impregnated defence survived a scare in an Albania-dominated first half as Lorik Cana hit the post in the 42nd minute.

Albania finally got their breakthrough in the 62nd minute when Hamdi Salihi broke the deadlock. The Rapid Wien striker then went on to rattle the frame of the Belarusian goal.

Belarus’ lack of striking options was highlighted again today as they failed to manage a single shot until the 71st  minute. They failed to truly test Albania once they went behind and the hosts finished the game with a deserved win.

Albania’s victory means they go level on points with their opponents of the day – both are now four points off group leaders France, who look almost certain to qualify. Despite the defeat, Belarus remain second in Group D but they've managed just three goals in their five matches.

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