Wales boss Chris Coleman was pleased with his side’s efforts as they battled to a goalless draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina in their first home Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday evening, reports the Daily
Despite the scoreline, it was a richly entertaining affair, with both teams having chances to claim the three points. Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had to save twice from Miralem Pjanic free-kicks and then deny Vedad Ibisevic from point-blank range, while at the other end Ashley Williams sent an unmarked header over the crossbar before Asmir Begovic superbly kept out Gareth Bale’s instinctive strike late on.
The result means that Wales now top the group, although they have played a game more than Belgium. They take on Cyprus on Monday at Cardiff City Stadium hoping to make it seven points from nine, and Coleman saw plenty of reasons to be encouraged from this latest outing.
After the game, he said: ‘We had chances and it was a good point and a great performance. We had to ride our luck a little bit because they’re a good team. You know against teams like that you have to do that because they have enough quality when they’re on their game to hurt anybody.
‘We had to stand up to the challenge and we matched them. Wayne pulled off some great saves and we had some chances at their end. They kicked us, we kicked them and it was a good old-fashioned international match. We never played our best football but we dug deep. In terms of putting it on the line, I felt our players didn’t have anything more to give.’
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