It has been a wonderful week to be Bosnian.
Heading into the latest round of qualifying, the small Balkan nation best known for its part in the devastating Yugoslavia war in the 90s faced a do-or-die double against Belgium, knowing that nothing less than two victories would suffice. Amazingly, lead by the brilliant Edin Dzeko up-front, that is exactly what happened, and at full time of the second game Bosnian coach Miroslav Blazevic could not hold back his emotions any longer.
After celebrating with his team in the middle of the pitch, the Croatian born Blazevic ordered his team to follow him, as the manager ran a speedy lap of honour, arms lofted in the air, as he and his team absorbed the rapturous applause which the home crowd showered upon them.
Behind Spain with a perfect 18 points from six games, Bosnia hold second-place in the group with 12 points, four more than Turkey in third, with Belgium seemingly cut adrift on seven points.
Miroslav Blazevic’s pacey victory lap of honour can be seen here.