Victory for the end of the qualifications

BH female cadets created opportunities, but failed to score points

The women’s U-17 team of Bosnia and Herzegovina was defeated by Croatia 0:1 at the FF BH Training Centre today in the third-round match of Group 1 of the 2020 European Championships qualifications.

The first serious attempt was made by the BH team in the 22nd minute. Emma Kos shot from about 20 meters, but the ball went beside the goal. A minute later, Naida Haračić threw the ball from the corner and the ball bounced to goal-out. By the end of the first half, there were no more opportunities.

In the 47th minute, Marija Ana Milinković came in the opponent’s penalty area from the right, but shot beside the goal.

Almasa Pandžić centred from the right in the 51st minute and hits the goal-post.

In the 55th minute, Haračić made a corner-kick from the left, and Maja Jelčić sent a ball by head over the goal.

Croatia came to advantage in the 71st minute. Nela Andrić sent the ball to the right for Lana Novak who freed of her defence and sent the ball to the net .

After a corner-kick in the 74th minute, Minela Crnac tried with a head-shot from about 7 meters, but the Croatian goalkeeper Danijela Vidović intervened great.

Milinković came out alone in front of the opponent goalkeeper in the 81st minute, but was unable to hit the net from a favourable position.

After the match, the head coach Ilija Lucić stated:

“I congratulate the Croatian team on the result and qualifying for the elite round. Unfortunately, we didn’t take our chances, and we created some really good ones. We were out of luck. Looks like we’ve put some pressure on the players in our wish to qualify for the elite round. We had three options, from second place to this worst one we didn’t want. We were close to pass the first qualifying phase for the third time and we are all sorry that we did not succeed.”

In the second match of the group, England beat Belgium 3:1 and won the first place in the group with a maximum of 9 points. Belgium finished the tournament with 4, Croatia with 3, and Bosnia and Herzegovina with one point.

Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:0 (0:0)

FF BH Training Centre, Zenica

Referee: Iona Allayiotou (Cyprus)

Assistant Referees: Polyxeni Irodotou (Cyprus), Tiziana Trasciatti (Italy).

4th Official: Valentina Finzi (Italy)

Referee Observer: Olga Tanschi (Moldova)

Match Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (Slovenia)

Goal: 1:0 Novak (71st minute)

Yellow card: Crkvenčić (Croatia)

Croatia: Danijela Vidović, Mia Mišković, Laura Ciglević, Lucija Domazet, Nela Andrić (85th minute, Paula Škrlec), Dora Adamović, Ana Jakobašić, Patricija Crkvenčić, Lana Novak, Karla Šabašov (90th+2 minute, Jelena Matanić), Antonela Blažević (54th minute, Paula Vidović). Head Coach: Stella Gotal

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anamarija Prljević, Elma Huremović, Sidney Japić, Elvira Hasanović, Marija Ana Milinković, Emma Kos (88th minute, Radmila Ždero), Irma Kurtagić (46th minute, Jovana Stevanović), Maja Jelčić, Almasa Pandžić, Naida Haračić, Ana Buhač (73rd minute, Minela Crnac). Head Coach: Ilija Lucić

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