Chile and Bosnia traded first-half goals in a balanced Group G match in St. Petersburg today. Bosnia’s all-time leading goalscorer and most-capped player Edin Dzeko opened the scoring midway through the half, with Leverkusen forward Junior Fernandes equalising right before the interval.
Dzeko’s 65th goal for his country came in the 20th minute after good work from Sanjin Prcic allowed him to create space to find Muhamed Subasic on the edge of the area. He rode two challenges and knocked the ball square to the Real Madrid striker who lashed a shot into the top corner from fifteen yards.
Chile’s equaliser came with less than two minutes to go before the break, in the one moment of sloppiness from Bosnia all game. Felipe Gutiérrez tried to a clip a ball into the box for Diego Rubio. Mehmed Muric, later named man-of-the-match for some solid tackles, made a fluff of a clearing header and the ball dropped kindly for Fernandes to drill low past Uscuplic.
Chile face Japan on Sunday, with Bosnia playing Ivory Coast on Monday.
FIFA WORLD CUP: GROUP G CHILE 1-1 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA Jr Fernandes 44 Dzeko 20 Cocalic Subasic