ZENICA, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Reuters) – Bosnia and Herzegovina place the disappointment of European Championship playoff elimination within the encourage of them to support the Netherlands to a goalless design in their Nations League A Crew 1 match on Sunday.
The Bosnians had lost on penalties to Northern Ireland on Thursday within the playoff semi-closing however could well be lifted by a dogged performance against the disappointing Dutch, critically after starting with out quite a lot of key avid gamers.
The end result left the Dutch, who had been runners-up within the inaugural Nations League, with four parts from three games whereas Bosnia possess two.
Current Netherlands coach Frank de Boer is gentle making an try forward to a first discover after a home loss to Mexico in a nice final Wednesday. They play Italy away on Wednesday.
The Dutch threatened early with defender Stefan de Vrij discovering condo in between the Bosnian defence in their penalty position however purchased handiest a glancing touch to a merely heading opportunity within the fifth minute.
Quincy Promes booted a shot effectively over the tip in one other half chance for the Dutch and De Vrij had one other glancing header in a limp first half from either aspect.
Bosnia came alive when 34-year-former skipper Edin Dzeko turn into once despatched on as an different for the final half hour.
He turn into once at once mad by quite a lot of breakaways, the supreme of which saw him location up Miralem Pjanic up for a shot that forced Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen into his first put of the game, after 68 minutes.
That stirred De Boer into making adjustments and two recent avid gamers the factual hand aspect snappy lifted the Dutch out of their lethargy.
Frenkie de Jong purchased the guests’ first shot no longer astray within the 77th minute, turned away by Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic, and from the resultant corner Luuk de Jong watched in disbelief as his highly efficient header turn into once also pushed across the publish in a huge ranging put.
With five minutes left, Frenkie de Jong must possess finished off a pull encourage from Steven Berghuis however defender Darko Todorovic dived to dam the goal-trail effort.
In stoppage time, Ryan Babel must possess snatch a slack winner however blasted huge from level-clean differ to sum up a disappointing night for the Dutch.
Writing by Designate Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ed Osmond