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Cyprus comeback stuns Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 23.33CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 Cyprus
Dimitris Christofi struck twice as Cyprus ended a long scoreless run and won thanks to Antonis Giorgallides's late penalty save.
by Fedja Krvavac
from Bilino Polje

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Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaCyprus

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)65
 
35
Total attempts27
 
6
on target6
 
4
off target15
 
0
blocked6
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners7
 
4
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
11

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 23.33CET

Cyprus comeback stuns Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 Cyprus
Dimitris Christofi struck twice as Cyprus ended a long scoreless run and won thanks to Antonis Giorgallides's late penalty save.

Cyprus end a long scoreless run to open Group B with a comeback win in Zenica
Vedad Ibišević puts Bosnia and Herzegovina in front on six minutes
Dimitris Christofi scores on 45 and 73 minutes for Cyprus, whose last goal had been in February 2013
Miralem Pjanić has a last-minute penalty saved by Antonis Giorgallides
Next fixtures: Wales v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus v Israel (10 October)

Cyprus ended a long run without a goal to secure a surprise 2-1 victory away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B.

Home coach Safet Sušić deployed an attacking formation, bringing in Senad Lulić, Avdija Vršajević, Tino-Sven Sušić and Ermin Bičakčić, and was swiftly rewarded. Edin Džeko headed just off target in the first minute and Vedad Ibišević soon opened the scoring, nodding in Vršajević's cross.

Antonis Giorgallides was being kept busy in the Cyprus goal, though at the other end Asmir Begović did well to save Stathis Aloneftis's free-kick. It was still against the run of play when Cyprus halted a 926-minute stretch without a goal, Dimitris Christofi brilliantly heading in Aloneftis's centre.

The visitors emerged with renewed confidence and Bosnia and Herzegovina were struggling, so Sušić introduced Haris Medunjanin and Izet Hajrović. That seemed to regain the initiative and Muhamed Bešić shot just over the crossbar as the home team began to look strong on the counterattack.

But then the sucker punch, as Christofi led a break of his own, advanced from midfield and beat Begović. Bosnia and Herzegovina soon responded, Bešić hitting the upright on 82 minutes.

With a minute to go the Dragons were thrown a lifeline when Džeko was fouled in the box by Giorgos Merkis. However, Giorgallides saved Miralem Pjanić's penalty and Cyprus had what seemed an unlikely win.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.34CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013835/postmatch/report/index.html#cyprus+zenica

Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
2
VršajevićAvdija Vršajević
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
3
BičakčićErmin Bičakčić
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
7
BešićMuhamed Bešić
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Substitution46
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Goal6
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
10
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Penalty89
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Goal45
Goal73
11
DžekoEdin Džeko (C)
Yellow Card76
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis (C)
Substitution83
14
SušićTino-Sven Sušić
Substitution62
14
LabanVincent Laban
Yellow Card66
15
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
16
LulićSenad Lulić
17
EfremGeorge Efrem
Yellow Card58
Substitution71
18
PrcićSanjin Prcić
Yellow Card28
Substitution62
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou

Substitutes

12
FejzicJasmin Fejzic (GK)
12
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
22
DujkovićRatko Dujković (GK)
22
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
4
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
6
ZakarićGoran Zakarić
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
Substitution83
8
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution62
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
13
MujdžaMensur Mujdža
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides
Substitution46
17
CimirotGojko Cimirot
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution71
19
VišćaEdin Višća
16
ArestiGeorgios Aresti
20
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
Substitution62
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
21
HadžićAnel Hadžić
19
MertakasLeftheris Mertakas
23
SalihovićSejad Salihović
20
MakrisAntreas Makris
21
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias

Coach

Safet Sušić (BIH) Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)

Fourth official

Semen Shlonchak (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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