Bosnia beat Belgium to raise finals hopes

ZENICA, Bosnia - Edin Dzedko struck twice early in the first half for Bosnia who secured a 2-1 victory over Belgium on Wednesday to further raise hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals. Dzeko also scored in the stunning 4-2 win over the same opponents in Genk on Saturday and Wednesday's victory kept Bosnia in second place in Group Five, six points behind leaders Spain. Wolfsburg forward Dzeko scored the first goal in the 12th minute following a corner and struck again three minutes later after a pass from Senijad Ibricic. Belgium were reduced to 10 men just after the hour when Alex Witsel was sent off for violent conduct but grabbed a consolation goal two minutes from time through Gill Swerts. "We demostrated a heroic and tactical defence," said Bosnia coach Miroslav Blazevic. Bosnians celebrated in the streets of the capital Sarajevo and other big towns, honking car horns and setting off fireworks. Bosnia are bidding to reach their first major tournament as an independent nation.