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Evans excels as Wales sprint clear

Published: Saturday 10 October 2009, 2.45CET
Wales 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Ched Evans scored twice as Wales strengthened their command of Group 3 despite some dogged defending from Bosnia-Herzegovina.
by Trevor Haylett
Evans excels as Wales sprint clear
Ched Evans was the Wales match-winner ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 10 October 2009, 2.45CET

Evans excels as Wales sprint clear

Wales 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Ched Evans scored twice as Wales strengthened their command of Group 3 despite some dogged defending from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ched Evans scored twice as Wales strengthened their command of 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 3 on an afternoon when they were forced to show patience against Bosnia-Herzegovina's dogged resistance.

Clear lead
For nearly an hour there had been little but frustration for the home team as the visitors closed ranks around their two towering central defenders and made it difficult for Wales to find any space in attacking areas as they strove for a fourth win in five games. But that all changed in the last 34 minutes and unbeaten Wales, seven points clear of second-placed Hungary who have two games in hand, know they will travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina on 18 November top of the group even if Italy win their three fixtures in the meantime.

Evans strike
Evans broke the deadlock on 56 minutes when he showed the form that had seen him register two goals in his previous visit to Wrexham, the 4-1 victory against Hungary on 12 August. His first followed the launch of a high free-kick from Nathan Craig which Marc Williams nodded on for the Sheffield United FC striker to claim the crucial header at the far post.

Clincher
The second came in added time after Wales had endured a couple of scares at the other end. This time Evans produced a blistering volley to beat Ibrahim Šehić from just inside the area and Bosnia-Herzegovina remain without a point from two games as they prepare for Tuesday's visit to Italy.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.08CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
MaxwellChris Maxwell (GK)
1
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
2
MorrisAaron Morris
3
M. AničićMarin Aničić
Yellow Card82
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
4
KisoNenad Kiso
4
KingAndy King
5
GalešićGoran Galešić
5
BlakeDarcy Blake
6
SubašićMuhamed Subašić
Substitution76
6
RibeiroChristian Ribeiro
Substitution52
7
SavićBoris Savić
Yellow Card20
7
RichardsAshley Richards
Substitution56
9
PejićNebojša Pejić
Substitution65
8
CraigNathan Craig
Substitution73
10
DzaficAdin Dzafic (C)
Substitution58
9
WilliamsMarc Williams
11
ĆorićJosip Ćorić
10
EvansChed Evans
Goal56
Goal90+2
15
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
11
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald (C)
17
BunozaGordan Bunoza

Substitutes

12
CornellDavid Cornell (GK)
12
HamzićDino Hamzić (GK)
13
AlfeiDaniel Alfei
2
M. SušićMateo Sušić
Substitution65
14
ThomasCasey Thomas
8
BekićAlmir Bekić
Substitution76
15
WilsonJames Wilson
Substitution52
13
HasanovićEldar Hasanović
16
BodinBilly Bodin
Substitution73
14
MiljkovićEmil Miljković
Substitution58
17
J. TaylorJake Taylor
18
ChamberlainElliott Chamberlain
Substitution56

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Branimir Tulić (BIH)

Referee

Radek Matějek (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ivo Chytil (CZE), Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)

Fourth official

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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