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Portugal level in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 22.17CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Portugal
Vedad Ibišević missed a great chance late on to give Safet Sušić's men the initiative after a first leg that Portugal had the better of.
by Andy Brassell
from Stadium Bilino Polje

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaPortugal

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts5
 
13
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
9
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
14

Standings

 
Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 22.17CET

Portugal level in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Portugal
Vedad Ibišević missed a great chance late on to give Safet Sušić's men the initiative after a first leg that Portugal had the better of.

Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal could not be separated after a lively 0-0 draw in their UEFA EURO 2012 play-off first leg, played in front of a noisy, passionate crowd at a sold-out Stadium Bilino Polje.

After a first half bossed by Paulo Bento's side, the home side came back strongly in the second period. They will travel to the Lisbon's Estádio do SL Benfica on Tuesday with real hope of qualifying for their maiden major final tournament.

Raul Meireles had the first sight of goal in the ninth minute after being deftly set up by Hélder Postiga, but Asmir Begović dived smartly to smother the midfielder's effort. As Portugal began to control proceedings, Postiga again threatened, firing over from the edge of the area. When Cristiano Ronaldo cut in and shot as the half-hour approached, only a heroic block by Adnan Zahirović maintained parity.

Captain Emir Spahić − the only available member of Safet Sušić's first-choice defence – led a strong rearguard action as the hosts began to launch a series of counterattacks. The crowd again burst into life as their side tested Rui Patrício for the first time in the 32nd minute, Senad Lulić blasting an effort from range at the goalkeeper.

Bosnia and Herzegovina seemed lifted by their raucous fans as the second half began, but they could have easily gone behind in the 51st minute, when Ronaldo raced clear from Nani's cute flick but steered the ball wide. As Sušić's men gained a foothold, Portugal began to create chances, however. Postiga shot wide when well placed after João Moutinho's free-kick fell to him in a crowded penalty area, then Ronaldo tested Begović following a surging run past three players.

Sušić made a double change to force the issue as the match reached its final quarter, bringing on Vedad Ibišević and Darko Maletić. The former had an excellent chance to break the deadlock but was off-balance as he received Zvjezdan Misimović's cross to the far post.

The pair again combined in the final ten minutes, when Misimović produced another superb pass to send the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker clear. With time to compose himself, Ibišević blazed a shot high over the bar and thereby banished any hope of taking a lead into the second leg.

Last updated: 26/09/14 2.27CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Portugal

Portugal

12
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
12
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
4
SpahićEmir Spahić (C)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
6
RahimićElvir Rahimić
3
PepePepe
8
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
Substitution86
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
11
DžekoEdin Džeko
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
15
SalihovićSejad Salihović
Yellow Card18
Substitution68
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
16
LulićSenad Lulić
11
João PereiraJoão Pereira
18
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution67
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution81
19
JahićSanel Jahić
Yellow Card42
17
NaniNani
20
ZahirovićAdnan Zahirović
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Yellow Card42
Substitution65

Substitutes

22
AvdukićAsmir Avdukić (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
2
BešićMuhamed Bešić
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution65
7
ŠtilićSemir Štilić
13
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
9
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
14
RolandoRolando
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution68
15
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution81
17
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
Substitution86
19
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
21
MaletićDarko Maletić
Substitution67
20
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins

Coach

Safet Sušić (BIH) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), David Richardson (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

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