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

Match statistics

WalesBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts12
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
16

Matches

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.

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Last updated: 10/10/09 16.24CET

Related information

Lineup

Wales

Wales

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1Christopher Maxwell (GK)1Ibrahim Šehić (GK)
2Aaron Morris3Marin Aničić
Yellow Card82'
3Neil Taylor4Nenad Kiso
4Andy King5Goran Galešić
5Darcy Blake6Muhamed Subašić
Substitution76'
6Christian Ribeiro
Substitution52'
7Boris Savić
Yellow Card20'
7Ashley Richards
Substitution56'
9Nebojša Pejić
Substitution65'
8Nathan Craig
Substitution73'
10Adin Dzafic (C)
Substitution58'
9Marc Williams11Josip Ćorić
10Chedwyn Evans
Goal56'
Goal90+2'
15Toni Šunjić
11Shaun MacDonald (C)17Gordan Bunoza

Substitutes

12David Cornell (GK)12Dino Hamzić (GK)
13Daniel Alfei2Mateo Sušić
Substitution65'
14Casey Thomas8Almir Bekić
Substitution76'
15James Wilson
Substitution52'
13Eldar Hasanović
16Billy Bodin
Substitution73'
14Emil Miljković
Substitution58'
17Jake Taylor
18Elliott Chamberlain
Substitution56'

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Branimir Tulić (BIH)

Referee

Radek Matejek (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ivo Chytil (CZE), Ondrej Pelikan (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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