SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) — Bosnian flags and blue-and-yellow hats colored the streets of Sarajevo on Monday as the young nation readies to celebrate World Cup qualification.
Bosnia leads its group on goal difference and will earn an automatic place at next year's tournament in Brazil with a win in Lithuania on Tuesday, and public enthusiasm could hardly be higher.
But Bosnia has been close before. It has twice been denied a place at a major championship, and on Monday, team officials pleaded for calm.
The Bosnian Football Association says in a statement, "we understand the desires and patriotic feeling felt by all fans, but excessive euphoria is not something we need at the moment."