Bosnia and Herzegovina coach Dusan Bajevic’s pride dominates after his team’s draw against the Dutch national team in the Nations League. The Balkan country kept the Orange 0-0 in Zenica.
‘Had to forget what happened in Grbavica’
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the players for their great fighting spirit and the game they have played,” said Bajevic. “The supporters may not appreciate it, but we had to play this way against such an opponent.”
Bosnia made it difficult for the Netherlands by lurking at the counter and during the first half increasingly succeeded in creating danger. Milan Djuric, for example, got the chance to score and substitute Sead Kolasinac and Miralem Pjanic were close to scoring after the break.
“In the end we had two or three more big chances,” said Bajevic. “Although they could have scored in the final phase. This point could be worth a lot.”
Sead Kolasinac, among others, sometimes made it difficult for the defense of Orange. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Captain Pjanic also looked back with satisfaction on the game against the Orange, taking into account the events of last Thursday. Then Bosnia lost in a play-off after penalties to Northern Ireland, which means that the team can no longer qualify for the European Championship.
“During the warm-up, I told the boys to forget what happened in Grbavica”, Pjanic referred to the game against Northern Ireland. “Today we played an important game against a good opponent.”
“We had good chances and they didn’t play bad either”, the FC Barcelona midfielder continued. “In the final stages they got dangerous when they started to play the long ball, but we held our ground. It’s an important point.”
Bosnia is at the bottom of the league with two points in group 1 of division A. The Bajevic formation will visit Poland next Wednesday.
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