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Wales qualify despite Bosnia and Herzegovina loss

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 22.38CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Wales
With Israel losing, Wales reached their first EURO despite this first Group B defeat, which also means the home side are up to third in the section.
by Fedja Krvavac
from Stadion Bilino polje

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Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaWales

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts7
 
14
on target2
 
4
off target4
 
7
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
2
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
12

Standings

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Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 22.38CET

Wales qualify despite Bosnia and Herzegovina loss

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Wales
With Israel losing, Wales reached their first EURO despite this first Group B defeat, which also means the home side are up to third in the section.

  • Wales qualify for first EURO despite first Group B defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Substitute Milan Djurić heads home side in front (71)
  • Vedad Ibišević seals win from close range late on (90)
  • Chris Coleman's team progress as Israel lose; Bosnia and Herzegovina go third
  • Final games: Cyprus v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales v Andorra (Tuesday)

Wales reached the UEFA European Championship for the first time despite defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milan Djurić and Vedad Ibišević scoring in the last 20 minutes to secure a win that lifts the hosts into third in Group B.

Wales survived an early scare when a Ben Davies slip let in Miralem Pjanić, who rolled a pass through to Edin Višća; his shot flew centimetres wide of the far post. Needing a victory to keep the pressure on third-placed Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina did most of the pressing throughout the first period – but Wales looked increasingly dangerous on the counterattack.

The visitors' approach so nearly paid off in added time as Hal Robson-Kanu played in Aaron Ramsey. The Wales midfielder tricked his way through but was denied by a combination of Asmir Begović and Ervin Zukanovic, Mensur Mujdža preventing Robson-Kanu forcing in the loose ball.

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Milan Djurić opened the scoring

Gareth Bale lashed an effort wide early in the second period and Wales continued to threaten. With news filtering through that Israel were losing at home to Cyprus, Chris Coleman's team suddenly knew even a defeat would do while the home side realised a win would take them above Israel and into the section's play-off spot.

With the greater incentive to get forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina made the breakthrough with 19 minutes left. Again Pjanić was the architect, delivering a long free-kick into the area, where substitute Djurić acted decisively, sending a looping header over Wayne Hennessey to the noisy delight of the home crowd.

Ramsey volleyed too high as Wales sought a response, while Bale blasted a cross-shot wide of the far post. Instead it was the Bosnians who wrapped up the points, Pjanić's right-wing corner finding Djurić at the far post; the substitute fired across goal and Ibišević turned in from close range.

Wales were downhearted – but as confirmation came through of Israel's reverse, both teams were celebrating at the final whistle.



Last updated: 12/10/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014043/postmatch/report/index.html#wales+through+despite+defeat

Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wales

Wales

1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK) (C)
Yellow Card85
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
4
SpahićEmir Spahić
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
2
GunterChris Gunter
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Goal90
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
Yellow Card84
10
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
4
RichardsJazz Richards
13
MujdžaMensur Mujdža
5
DaviesBen Davies
15
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
Yellow Card85
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
16
LulićSenad Lulić
7
AllenJoe Allen
Substitution85
17
ZukanovicErvin Zukanovic
9
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
Substitution84
19
VišćaEdin Višća
Substitution61
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey
21
HadžićAnel Hadžić
Substitution89
11
BaleGareth Bale
23
SalihovićSejad Salihović
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
21
WardDanny Ward (GK)
22
BurićJasmin Burić (GK)
12
O. Fôn WilliamsOwain Fôn Williams (GK)
2
GrahovacSrdjan Grahovac
8
KingAndy King
3
BičakčićErmin Bičakčić
Substitution89
13
J. WilliamsJonathan Williams
5
CocalićEdin Cocalić
Substitution46
14
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution84
6
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
15
VokesSam Vokes
Substitution75
7
VranjesStojan Vranjes
17
EdwardsDavid Edwards
Substitution85
8
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
18
ChesterJames Chester
11
DžekoEdin Džeko
19
CollinsJames Collins
14
DjurićMilan Djurić
Substitution61
Goal71
20
VaughanDavid Vaughan
18
Ar. HodžićArmin Hodžić
22
LawrenceTom Lawrence
20
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
23
HenleyAdam Henley

Coach

Mehmed Baždarević (BIH) Chris Coleman (WAL)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto del Palomar (ESP), Raúl Cabanero (ESP)

Fourth official

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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