Wales were the dominant force throughout this FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier but a solitary Kayleigh Green goal in the 61stminute was the only difference on the scoresheet as Jayne Ludlow’s team remain undefeated in this campaign to date.
WALES 1-0 BOSNIA & HERZ.
FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
- Thursday, 7 June 2018
- Liberty Stadium, Swansea
It looked as though it was going to be a frustrating night for Wales though, as Bosnia and Herzegovina defended resolutely and goalkeeper Envera Hasanbegović saved Helen Ward’s 55th minute penalty kick after being brought down in the box.
The team spirit in this Wales squad is incredible and the penalty miss only made them more determined, and together they strengthened and never gave up.
This was the catalyst for the goal as Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to clear their lines effectively, allowing a simple lobbed pass over the defence to find its way to Green completely unmarked in the box.
Green has time but didn’t over think it as she got her head down and drilled home her shot to turn the Liberty Stadium into frenzy.
Wales had been so patient throughout the match and although Bosnia were looking strong in defence Rachel Rowe, Natasha Harding and Rhiannon Roberts did not shy away from taking long range efforts that pressurised Hasanbegović in between the Bosnian posts. Then, of course, came the eventual breakthrough.
The victory takes Wales back to the top of qualifying group 1, at least until England play their game in hand against Russia on Friday (8 June).
The next opponents for Wales is Russia, with the teams meeting on Tuesday (12 June) at Newport Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00pm.
Wales: O’Sullivan, Dykes, Ingle (C), Roberts, Harding, James, Green, Fishlock, Rowe, Ladd, Ward (Lawrence 89’).
Subs: Skinner, Evans, Griffiths, Hughes, Nolan, Miles
Goal: Green 61’
Bosnia & Herzegovina: E. Hasanbegović, Šakotić, Radeljić, M. Hasanbegović, Medić (Lukic 45’), Aida Hadžić, Nikolić (C), Al. Spahić (Piskić 59’), L. Kuliš, Kapetanović (Kamerić 72’), Kršo.
Subs: Gvozderac, Hamzić, Taslidža, Hamzić