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Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 Wales 1 (Green 58)
Wales continued their fine start to World Cup qualifying with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica.
Kayleigh Green scored the all-important goal 13 minutes into the second half, but Wales had Laura O'Sullivan to thank late on as the goalkeeper saved a penalty with six minutes left to play. The victory means Wales stay top of Group 1 with three wins from four games played.
Jayne Ludlow opted to make one change from the team that beat Kazakhstan in Cardiff just four days previously as Gemma Evans replaced Loren Dykes in defence. The visitors opted to get off to a positive start on a bitterly cold afternoon in Zenica and they had two early chances as Natasha Harding volleyed over inside the first minute before the midfielder almost set up Jessica Fishlock to turn the ball home on 12 minutes.
However, Wales had to be wary of the threat posed by Bosnia-Herzegovina at the other end as Kulis saw her left foot dipping volley superbly tipped over by Laura O'Sullivan.
Wales were posing a huge threat on the counter attack as the likes of Harding, Fishlock and Kayleigh Green all linked up well, while Fishlock was twice denied by Hodzic as the goalkeeper produced a fine stop to keep the scores level shortly before the break.
The visitors made a change at the break as Loren Dykes replaced Gemma Evans, and Ludlow's side looked to continue where they left off in the first period. Angharad James - who moved into midfield after a tactical reshuffle - flashed a shot wide of goal early on, before Wales took a deserved lead.
After an initial counter attack looked to have been snuffed out by Bosnia, the ball was returned from the Wales half through the heart of the home side's defence where a mix-up led to Kayleigh Green latching onto a loose ball before surging clear and coolly slotting past Hodzic.
Ludlow's side had half chances to double their lead, notably when Fishlock's effort flew across the box and evaded everyone, while at the other end the visitors' defence was standing firm as Bosnia looked for an all-important equaliser.
It looked to have paid off with six minutes to play as Alice Griffiths was adjudged to have brought down Kulis in the box, but O'Sullivan stood tall and dived to her left to keep out Nikolic's spot kick.
The danger wasn't over yet as the hosts poured forward, with O'Sullivan again coming to the rescue in stoppage time as she denied Nikolic once more, tipping the striker's header over the crossbar. But Wales held out to claim a crucial victory and maintain their fine start to qualifying.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Almina Hodzic, Antonela Radeljic (sub Andela Seslija 86mins), Amira Spahic, Melisa Hasanbegovic, Marija Aleksic, Aida Hadzic (sub Valentina Sakotic 70mins), Milena Nikolic, Lidija Kulis, Dajana Spasojevic, Alma Kameric (sub Merjema Medic 52mins), Amela Krso. Subs not used: Arnela Sabanovic, Alisa Spahic, Amina Lihovic, Selma Kapetanovic.
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Gemma Evans (sub Loren Dykes 45mins), Rhiannon Roberts, Sophie Ingle, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Alice Griffiths, Rachel Rowe, Jessica Fishlock, Hayley Ladd, Kayleigh Green (sub Nadia Lawrence 78mins). Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Amina Vine, Helen Ward, Grace Horrell, Gwennan Davies.
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