Lithuania vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Final score 0-1, Bosnia are through to Brazil

Jamie McDonald

Lithuania gave the visitors a tough time, but in the end Vedad Ibisevic's goal was enough to put Bosnia through to their first ever World Cup as an independent nation.

The first half must have been incredibly frustrating for the visitors. Lithuania, obviously already out of contention, saw little need to do anything but defend. When they did have their first go at goal, 15 minutes in, Lithuania seemed almost surprised to see Asmir Begovic standing tall between the two sticks.

Bosnia were practically camped in the Lithuania half during the first 45, yet nothing came of it. Giedrius Arlauskis denied Miralem Pjanic in the 9th minute, the Roma man putting in a brilliant ball that dipped and swerved, but the goalkeeper was up to the challenge. Minutes later, Edin Dzeko put the ball directly into the side netting. Then it was another Pjanic free kick, again denied from Arlauskis. Then Dzeko put in a header, again saved. And so on, and so forth ... you get the picture.

The second half started out much the same as the first, with Bosnia having plenty of chances, but Arlauskis more than up for the challenge. The breakthrough finally came in the 68th minute. Vedad Ibisevic, who'd had a sharp strike denied by Arlauskis just a minute before, got on the end of a ball from Dzeko. Despite Lithuania's impressive attention to detail for the first hour, the defense left Ibisevic entirely unmarked, allowing him to simply sidefoot the ball into the net.

Lithuania caused each and every Bosnia fan inside the stadium, and probably across the world, to fidget and squirm when they earned a free kick in extra time. Substitute Gratas Sirgedas put in the kick, but Begovic, whose heart had to be pounding in his ears, managed a clean save and booked his country into Brazil.

A slightly anticlimactic finish for a country that had scored scored 29 goals prior to this match, but Bosnia won't care. They're on their way to their first World Cup as an independent nation. That'll give their fans plenty to smile about -- who cares about dramatic goals anymore?

Lithuania: Arlauskis, Vicius, Zaliukas, Kijanskas, Borovskis, Panka, Kalonas, Vaitkunas, Mikoliunas, Chernykh (Sirgedas 85'), Matulevicius (Razulis 78')

Bosnia: Begovic, Spahic, Bicakcic, Vrsajevic (Zahirovic 71'), Salihovic, Lulic, Pjanic, Medunjanin, Misimovic, Ibisevic, Dzeko

Goals: Ibisevic (68')

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