In the first 45 minutes, the field initiative was held by the BH team, and the best opportunities were missed by Aida Hadžić in the 11th minute, when she sent a ball by head beside the goal, and Dajana Spasojević in the 17th minute, when Malta’s team players blocked her attempt from a favourable position.
Dorianne Theuma tried well from distance for the away team in the 36th minute, but Dijana Haračić threw the ball into the corner.
In the second period of the game too, the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina attacked more.
After a few missed opportunities, the elected players of Samira Hurem came to an advantage in the 72nd minute. Sofija Krajšumović sent the ball into the opponent’s penalty area for Milena Nikolić, who freed of her guards and hit the net from 12 meters.
Merjema Medić sent the ball to Milena Nikolić in the 80th minute, who went alone towards the opponent’s goal and scored the second goal for the BH national team.
At the end of the match, the head coach Samira Hurem stated:
“As we announced, Malta has proven to be a tougher and more quality opponent than Georgia. It is an experienced team that came with a desire to win points. Congratulations to my players who were under pressure. Still, this is a young team, but we showed that we were better and that we had quality. Young Sofia Krajšumović showed her potential. She scored a goal against Georgia, and today she also played a very significant role upon entering the game. Congratulations once again to the players on their well-deserved victory and great opening of qualifications.”
The BH national team continues its qualifications on 4th October with an away match against Denmark.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Malta 2:0 (0:0)
Stadium: Asim Ferhatović-Hase, Sarajevo
Referee: Cansu Tiryaki (Turkey)
Assistant Referees: Betul Nur Yilmaz, Sedef Aktan (Turkey)
4th Official: Neslihan Muratdagi (Turkey)
Goals: 1:0 Nikolić (72nd minute), 2:0 Nikolić (80th minute)
Yellow cards: Spasojević (BH), Sciberras (Malta)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dijana Haračić, Šejla Selimović (70th minute, Valentina Šakotić), Melisa Hasanbegović, Marija Aleksić, Dajana Spasojević, Aida Hadžić (67th minute, Sofija Krajšumović), Milena Nikolić, Merjema Medić, Selma Kapetanović (90th minute, Nikolina Milović), Azra Hamzić, Amela Kršo. Head Coach: Samira Hurem
Malta: Janice Xuereb, Stefania Farrugia, Dorianne Theuma, Ylenia Carabott (59th minute, Emma Xuereb), Rachel Cuschieri (81st minute, Alishia Sultana), Maria Farrugia, Shona Zammit, Jade Flask, Charlene Zammit, Brenda Borg (88th minute, Martina Borg), Nicole Sciberras. Head Coach: Mark Anthony Gatt