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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

10th October 2009 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: R Metejek

Wales U21 Wales U21 vs Bosnia U21 Bosnia U21

Wales U21 2

C Evans (56, 90+3)

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Bosnia U21 0

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Evans: Star of the show

Evans: Star of the show

Wales U21s overcame their Bosnian counterparts 2-0 on Saturday to remain on course for the 2011 European Championships.

Two second half goals from Sheffield United striker Ched Evans saw Brian Flynn's side to victory at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Wales sit proudly at the top of qualification Group Three, taking maximum points from their three home games so far and dropping only two points on their travels.

They are due to meet Bosnia again in Sarajevo next month and travel to Italy and Hungary next year, but they remain in the driving seat to reach the play-offs for a second successive campaign.

Wales were forced to play a patient game in their latest outing as the visitors kept plenty of men behind the ball and defended in depth, a tactic which paid handsome dividends for them in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

Although the home side probed continuously, they were unable to carve out too many clear-cut chances and Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic was barely troubled.

It was the visitors, always looking to play on the break, who posed the first real threat on 27 minutes when Josep Coric broke clear from the halfway line and was just lining up his shot before being dispossessed in a fine challenge by Wrexham's Neil Taylor, playing on his home ground.

Urgency

A lack of urgency from Wales combined with an absence of genuine pace up front meant set-pieces offered the best hopes of a breakthrough, but too often the delivery was poor.

And the home side squandered their only real opportunity of the half two minutes before the break when Christian Ribeiro pulled the ball back for Nathan Craig, who screwed his shot wide from 10 yards.

The Everton youngster went close to making amends in the 46th minute with a fierce first-time effort that Sehic did well to turn away for a corner as Wales continued to dominate both possession and territory.

And their persistence finally paid off in the 56th minute when Craig's free-kick was helped on by Marc Williams for Evans to head past Sehic.

Bosnia - forced to come out of their shell - came close to an equaliser within four minutes, Nebosja Pejic volleying wide as the home defence came under pressure for the first time.

And goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, thus far a virtual spectator, was fortunate not to be punished by Pejic when he made a hash of an attempted clearance but regained control of the ball at the second attempt.

At the other end, Sehic kept his side in the hunt with a fine 78th-minute save from Williams, but Evans rounded it off three minutes into added time with a deflected shot which looped over the goalkeeper.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Sat 10th Oct - Group Three
    • Wales U21
      2 - 0
      Bosnia U21
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    Sat 10th Oct - Group One
    • Russia U21
      2 - 0
      Faroe Islands U21
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    • Moldova U21
      1 - 0
      Andorra U21
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    Sat 10th Oct - Group Ten
    • Scotland U21
      1 - 0
      Belarus U21
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    • Azerbaijan U21
      1 - 2
      Austria U21
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    Sat 10th Oct - Group Six
    • Bulgaria U21
      1 - 1
      Montenegro U21
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 10 28
2 Finland U21 10 16
3 Moldova U21 10 16
4 Wales U21 10 12
5 Lithuania U21 10 8
6 San Marino U21 10 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 10 26
2 Russia U21 10 22
3 Slovenia U21 10 17
4 Bulgaria U21 10 9
5 Estonia U21 10 9
6 Andorra U21 10 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia U21 8 17
2 Holland U21 8 16
3 Georgia U21 8 11
4 Scotland U21 8 11
5 Luxembourg U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 8 19
2 Ukraine U21 8 19
3 Switzerland U21 8 15
4 Latvia U21 8 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 8 20
2 Romania U21 8 12
3 Montenegro U21 8 11
4 Rep of Ireland U21 8 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 8 16
2 Greece U21 8 15
3 Poland U21 8 15
4 Turkey U21 8 13
5 Malta U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 8 24
2 Israel U21 8 15
3 Norway U21 8 9
4 Azerbaijan U21 8 7
5 Macedonia U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 8 18
2 Serbia U21 8 16
3 Belgium U21 8 16
4 Cyprus U21 8 6
5 N Ireland U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 8 22
2 Iceland U21 8 16
3 Kazakhstan U21 8 9
4 Armenia U21 8 9
5 Belarus U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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