2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Edin Dzeko (13', 49', 62')

Edin Dzeko hat trick boosts Bosnia-Herzegovina at Andorra

Edin Dzeko racked up a hat-trick for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they picked up their first win of Euro 2016 qualifying in a 3-0 victory over Andorra.

Dzeko, who has scored four times for Manchester City in the Premier League this season, made it a record-extending 41 for Bosnia, who comfortably emerged winners in what was the two sides' first meeting at senior international level.

The final result was the perfect way to begin Mehmed Bazdarevic's tenure as Bosnia coach, having replaced Safet Susic, while Andorra did not manage a single attempt -- to Bosnia's 17 -- and thereby extended their run of competitive defeats to 49.

Andorra, who are yet to pick up a point in Group B, started on a positive note as Victor Rodriguez had a header go over the bar in the very first minute, but it went Bosnia's way after that.

While there were a few early fouls, and Marcio Vieira and Ognjen Vranjes found themselves booked for either side, Dzeko was able to assert his authority on the game soon enough.

Senad Lulic came up with the perfect flick-on for Dzeko from a long ball out, and Dzeko was able to finish with his left foot from the edge of the area to give Bosnia the lead on 13 minutes.

It took his international tally to 39 and Andorra were in danger of being overwhelmed at home, as Edin Visca and Vedad Ibisevic were able find spaces, though their efforts were wide of the mark.

Bosnia continued to exert pressure on their hosts, with Ibisevic again going close on 31 minutes and Dzeko then heading wide from close range.

Andorra were thankful to Marc Vales for blocking a volley effort from Ibisevic on the stroke of half-time, but the Dzeko-Lulic partnership was far from done.

Barely four minutes after the restart -- and just two after Emir Spahic's header was blocked away -- Lulic tore down the left flank for Bosnia and laid the ball on a plate for Dzeko to slot home from six yards.

Things went from bad to worse for Andorra after the hour mark, with Dzeko getting his hat-trick with a first-time finish, this time thanks to Lulic's weaving run into the box.

It was damage limitation from then on, as only Vieira managed an attempt of note on 71 minutes, a long-range shot that Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic watched sail over his bar.

Bosnia had more chances to increase their lead but could not make the most of them as Visca and Milan Djuric could only steer their efforts wide.