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Wales U21 2-0 Bosnia-H U21

Ched Evans (No 10) is congratulated after opening the scoring
Ched Evans (No 10) is congratulated after opening the scoring

Ched Evans' brace made it 13 goals in 12 Under-21 games as unbeaten Wales beat Bosnia-Herzegovina to extend their lead at the top of Group Three.

The Sheffield United striker struck with a looping header on 57 minutes, despite suspicions of offside.

And in injury time, his deflected volley from just inside the box sealed a relatively comfortable win.

Josip Coric came closest for Bosnia soon after Evans' opener, firing over the bar from close range.

Wales have now won four of their opening five group games, only being held away in Luxembourg.

And Brian Flynn's youngsters were keen to end their home round of matches with a win.

They dominated possession in a scrappy first half, but were unable to break down a stubborn Bosnian defence.

Evans, who was called in from the senior squad, had an early half chance but could not find the target under pressure.

Despite their dominance, there were some nervy moments for the Welsh defence as the half progressed.

First Coric broke through, only to be denied by the back-tracking Darcy Blake, and then Nebojsa Pejic fired wide from just outside the Wales box.

But the best chance of the half fell at the other end two minutes before the break.


Bristol City defender Christian Ribeiro raced to the by-line before cutting back to debutant Nathan Craig on the six-yard box, but the Everton striker sent his curling shot inches wide.

Craig had another chance moments after the restart picking up on a loose ball to fire left-footed first-time from 25 yards which goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic turned over the bar.

But it was Evans who finally broke the deadlock just before the hour. Marc Williams headed Craig's long left-sided free-kick across goal and Evans, who appeared to be offside, headed a looping ball into the next from six yards.

Wales were guilty of switching off soon after and Coric wasted a great opportunity to level when he blasted the ball over the bar from close range.

And with 20 minutes to go, Wrexham keeper Chris Maxwell was almost needlessly embarrassed when he hesitated on a clearance under pressure, but made amends.

Wrexham striker Marc Williams could have wrapped up the win late on, but his connection from a looping ball across the box was comfortable for Sehic to save.

But Evans sealed the win in injury time volleying home from the edge of the box with help from a deflection after the Bosnians failed to clear captain Shaun MacDonald's cross.

Wales under-21 coach Brian Flynn:

"I said to them at half-time that we would get chances and I knew that if they fell to Ched he would take them.

"They made it difficult for us, we had a lot of possession but they were hard to break down.

"Once we scored they had to come out and there were more spaces. We had one or two little scares but nothing of any seriousness."

Wales U21: Maxwell, Morris, Neil Taylor, King, Blake, Ribeiro (Wilson, 52), Richards (Chamberlain, 56), Craig (Bodin, 73), Williams, Evans, MacDonald.
Subs Not Used: Cornell, Alfei, Thomas, Jake Taylor.

Goals: Evans 56, 90.

Bosnia-Herzegovina U21: Sehic, Anicic, Kiso, Galesic, Subasic (Bekic, 76), Pejic (Susic, 65), Dzafic (Miljkovic, 58), Savic, Coric, Sunjic, Bunoza.
Subs Not Used: Hamzic, Hasanovic.

Ref: Radek Metejek (Cze).

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