Football; Bosnia finally put on the map
World Cup round-up
Monday 11 November 1996
Elvir Bolic, the Fenerbahce striker whose goal sank Manchester United in the Champions' League, put the Bosnians ahead after only five minutes in Ljubljana. Meho Kodro made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute before the Slovenians hit back through Zlatko Zahovic's penalty four minutes before half-time.
Bosnia's first two World Cup matches had ended in defeats: 3-0 at Greece and 4-1 at home to Croatia. Now, though, the troubled former Yugoslav republic are very much on the footballing map.
In England's group, Poland collected their first points of the campaign last night - but they had to work hard for a 2-1 home win over Moldova in Katowice. A Henryk Baluszynski free-kick gave the home side an early lead but it was not until the closing stages that they managed to score again, through a Krzysztof Warzycha spot-kick - and Sergei Clescenco promptly pulled one back, also from the penalty spot.
The weekend's best scoring feat came from Turkey's Oktay Derelioglu, who struck four times in the 7-0 thrashing of San Marino. Liechtenstein's Franz Schadler scored his country's first competitive home goal, against Macedonia at Eschen - but sadly for him and his team-mates the visitors scored 11. It was was the joint-fourth highest victory in the 66-year history of the tournament, bettered only by New Zealand's 13-0 victory over Fiji in 1982, West Germany's 12-0 triumph against Cyprus in 1970 and Mexico's 11-0 rout of St Vincent in 1992.
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