France-Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:1

Goalless draw in Zenica

The women’s “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina drew 0:0 today in Zenica in a friendly match with the national team of Albania.

Already in the first minute of the match, Sofija Krajšumović went alone towards the opponent’s goal and shot diagonally from the right side, but Viona Rexhepi defended her shot.

The guests threatened for the first time in the 11th minute, when Megi Doci shot from the edge of the penalty area, and Envera Hasanbegović intervened excellently.

Krajšumović sent a great ball to the left side for Minala Gačanica in the 18th minute, but Marija Damjanović was late for her cross and the ball went next to the goal.

A minute later, Dajana Spasojević also tried from a distance, and this time the ball went over the bar.

Damjanović shot strongly from twenty meters in the 25th minute, and the goalkeeper Rexhepi turned the ball into the goalpost with her fingertips and saved her net.

Doci had a good attempt for Albania again in the 37th minute, and Envera Hasanbegović bounced the ball into the crossbar.

The guests had the best chance at the end of the first half, when Lucija Gjini hit the post.

Dragons fought back in the additional time, but Damjanović diagonally sent the ball over the goal from the left side and the first period of the game ended without goals.

Gnjini had a great opportunity in the 57th minute, but Hasanbegović defended well. The BH goalkeeper was up to the task a minute later too, when Vanesa Levenaj shot.

In the continuation, a dynamic game, but without major chances on both sides until the 90th minute, when Maja Jelčić hits the post from ten meters.

After the match, the head coach of the BH national team, Samira Hurem, stated:

“I am sorry that we did not win, but we can be satisfied with what we saw. Albania is a solid and aggressive team, and we played in a rejuvenated squad. We expected more experienced players to respond better, so the younger ones would play better and we might be able to win. Regardless, we created several opportunities in a difficult match, but we did not use them. The guests also had their chances and this was a good test match for us.”

Our national team will play a friendly match with the Hungarian national team in Telki on 13th April, and Hurem also referred to that match:

“We will make some changes in relation to today’s match. Hungary is a much better opponent and they play in a different way. We will not be able to play like today and we already have a plan for that match. I believe we will play well even though we lack a lot of standard players.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Albania 0:0 (0:0)

FF BH Training Centre, Zenica

Referee: Tanja Račić

Assistant Referees: Jovanka Višekruna, Aida Jusufović

4th Official: Merima Čelik

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Envera Hasanbegović, Selma Kapetanović, Sumeja Bektaš, Melisa Hasanbegović, Nikolina Vujadin, Đula Velagić, Marija Ana Milinković, Dajana Spasojević, Marija Damjanović, Sofija Krajšumović, Minela Gačanica. Also fielded: since 46th minute Naida Haračić, since 61st minute Selma Hasić and Maja Jelčić, since 80th minute Elma Husić and Gloria Slišković. Head Coach: Samira Hurem

Albania: Viona Rexhepi, Endrina Elezaj, Arbenita Curraj, Albina Rrahmani, Sara Maliqi, Mesuare Begallo, Vanesa Levenaj, Megi Doci, Lucije Gjini, Armela Tukaj, Esimralda Franji. Also fielded: since 46th minute Vanesa Levenaj, since 60th minute Klea Hamonikaj and Xhulia Xhindole, since 77th minute Antigoni Hyska and Valentina Troka, since 85th minute Ilarja Zarka and Mikaela Metalla. Head Coach: Amir Grimaj

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