- 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
- Group 1 qualifier
- Tuesday 10 April 2018
- Football Centre, Zenica
TONI DUGGAN AND JODIE TAYLOR HIT SECOND-HALF GOALS AS ENGLAND WIN IN BOSNIAFri 08 Jun
Second-half goals by Toni Duggan and Jodie Taylor helped England defeat Bosnia 2-0 in Zenica to go top of their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group.
Duggan steered home Melissa Lawley’s deep cross in the 56th minute to put the Lionesses in front. And Taylor leapt from the bench to convert a penalty in added time to seal the win and give Phil Neville’s side the three points their dominance deserved.
Alex Greenwood was sent off after picking up two yellow cards, while Bosnia had Amira Spahic dismissed for the same reason shortly after.England move to the top of qualifying Group 1 with 13 points from five matches.
There were five changes from the goalless draw with Wales on Friday night.
Greenwood and Isobel Christiansen replaced the Demi Stokes and Fran Kirby respectively after the latter pair withdrew from the squad at the weekend. Meanwhile Jade Moore, Lawley and Ellen White came in for Keira Walsh, Nikita Parris and Taylor.
Having faced Bosnia three times inside the last three years, England knew exactly what they would be up against in Zenica; 11 behind the ball with captain Milena Nikolic the only player interested in getting anywhere near the halfway line.
Neville’s side had faced a similar defensive strategy at St. Mary’s last week. And just like in Southampton, England had a monopoly on possession throughout.
The first chance was fashioned down the right as Lucy Bronze dinked a first-time cross into the box but Christiansen could only direct the ball over the top.
A further chance followed for White before two half-hearted appeals for a penalty were dismissed by referee Andromachi Tsiofliki.
Moore, who has only scored one goal in 44 internationals, almost doubled her tally with a 30-yard piledriver on the half-hour mark, only to watch on as Envera Hasanbegovic produced a wonderful save to keep the ball out of the top corner.
England were dealt a blow early in the second half when Greenwood was sent off after Tsiofliki adjudged the left-back to have dived inside the box and awarded a second yellow card.
But the Lionesses reshaped and regrouped and went ahead less than 10 minutes later when Lawley’s deep cross was steered home at the back post by her former Man City club mate Duggan.
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