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Patience rewarded by second half goals
 Women's Football England International News - 13 Apr 2018
 
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 England 2 (Duggan 56, Taylor pen 90)
Second half goals from Toni Duggan and Jodie Taylor helped England defeat a dogged Bosnia side 2-0 to go to the top of their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group.
 
England were not at their best and once again found it difficult to break down well organised opponents but this time their patience was rewarded with three important points.
 
Phil Neville made five changes from the team which was held to a goalless draw by Wales with Alex Greenwood, Izzy Christiansen, Jade Moore, Melissa Lawley and Ellen White coming into the starting line up.
 
In similar fashion to the Wales match and previous encounters with Bosnia, the home side sat back in front of their own penalty area and were happy to let England have as much possession as they liked without being able to get in behind them.
 
A Lucy Bronze cross was turned over the bar by Christiansen and White went close before Moore drilled a powerful 30-yard strike which was brilliantly saved by Bosnian goalkeeper Envera Hasanbegovic.
 
The frustration for England continued for the remainder of the first half and things got worse two minutes after the restart when Greenwood went down in the area under a challenge from Marija Aleksic. No penalty was awarded and the England full back, who had earlier been booked for dissent, was shown a second yellow card for what was adjudged to have been simulation.
 
Despite having a player advantage, Bosnia still showed no attacking intent, and nine minutes later the breakthrough finally came when Lawley drove in an inviting cross from the right and Toni Duggan poked the ball past Hasanbegovic at full stretch at the far post.
 
Bosnia themselves were reduced to ten shortly afterwards when Amira Spahic also received a booking, this time for a foul on Beth Mead on the edge of the area. Duggan wasted the resulting free kick when she lifted her effort harmlessly over but the Barcelona striker was unlucky not to double England's lead two minutes later with a 25-yard strike which crashed against the angle of post and bar.
 
White forced Hasanbegovic into a smart save when she volleyed a Steph Houghton cross goalwards but it looked as though England were going to have to settle for a repeat of their 1-0 win at the same venue two years ago.
 
However as the game went into injury time, England were finally able to give the scoreline a more realistic look. Mead had once again looked sharp after coming on as a substitute and she drove into the area, where she was unceremoniously brought down for a penalty by Lidija Kulis. Jodie Taylor stepped up to take the kick and, with practically her first touch of the ball after coming on three minutes earlier, confidently found the corner of the net.
 
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Envera Hasanbegovic, Amira Spahic, Melisa Hasanbegovic, Marija Aleksic, Antonela Radeljic, Lidija Kulis, Valentina Sakotic (sub Merjema Medic 90mins), Aida Hadzic, Alisa Spahic (sub Marina Lukic 74mins), Amela Krso (sub Selma Kapetanovic 66mins), Milena Nikolic. Subs not used: Jelena Gvozderac, Zerina Piskic, Dragica Denda, Amna Lihovic.
 
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Jade Moore, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Melissa Lawley (sub Beth Mead 57mins), Jordan Nobbs, Ellen White, Izzy Christiansen (sub Rachel Daly 80mins), Toni Duggan (sub Jodie Taylor 87mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Gabrielle George, Fara Williams, Nikita Parris.

 
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