Euro 2012 Qualifiers: 4 Reasons Why Bosnia Will Beat France on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the Bosnian national team will be in Paris to play France in the decider of Group D in EURO 2012 qualifying.
Both teams are in good form, as Bosnia defeated Luxembourg 5-0 in Zenica with a superb display of attacking football and pressuring the Luxembourg players into losing the ball constantly. The French had a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Albania, which set the stage for this decider.
As many people are suggesting, Bosnia will be the underdog going into France for the decider.
This being said, here are four (might be biased) reasons Bosnia will go into Paris and take top spot in Group D.
1. Edin Dzeko
The man can score—when he has someone to provide him with chances.
Yes, Samir Nasri will be the opponent on Tuesday night, but you must remember, there are a few midfield players in the Bosnian side (who I'll mention later in this article) that can provide those chances.
What about that fourth goal in the video? That was a brilliant effort with his weaker foot. So the guy has some talent.
Edin Dzeko can do damage.
2. The Bosnians Have Nothing to Lose
With the 5-0 victory over Luxembourg on Friday, the Bosnian national team clinched a spot in the playoffs for the remaining spots in EURO 2012. That'll make life much easier in the decider.
Bosnia will go into that game knowing, even if they lose, they have a second chance to reach the tournament in Poland and Ukraine with the playoffs.
That'll help with the play of the squad and they'll put their all in it to take home the points from Paris.
3. Miralem Pjanic and Zvjezdan Misimovic
These two players can come up big in big situations.
The Miralem Pjanic example: he scored the goal in the 2009/2010 Champions League quarterfinals to knock out the mighty Real Madrid out of the competition.
Pjanic now plays for AS Roma and he's been controlling the midfield beautifully, creating chances for Osvaldo and others in the AS Roma attack since his summer arrival. Bosnia will need that control against France to win.
The Zvjezdan Misimovic example: Bosnia—Belarus, September 6th, 2011. Misimovic surprisingly left on the bench for the game. He comes on as a late substitute and scores the winner. If that goal wasn't scored, this upcoming game against France might not be as important as it is now.
These two can be game changers, so watch out for No. 8 and No. 10 on the Bosnian national team come Tuesday.
4. Bosnia Is Hungry for a Major Tournament
Since gaining independence in 1992, the closest thing to a major tournament for Bosnia was a playoff against Portugal in 2009 for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They suffered defeat over two legs by a scoreline of 2-0.
They don't want to feel that heartbreak all over again.
This is the perfect opportunity to show the world we are a great side in international soccer. All the Bosnian fans around the world will be glued to all the technology they have in following the game in Paris on Tuesday, hoping Dzeko, Pjanic, Misimovic and co. can take our country into EURO 2012.
This is it, lads. On to Paris!