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LIVE: Netherlands vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

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43′ Pjanic floats in a dangerous cross for Bosnia from a set piece which Hodzic latches on to. The striker shoots first time from the back post, but his effort goes well wide. 

41′ If Bosnia are going to get back into this match, Visca looks like their best bet for a goal. The winger – who plays for Istanbul Basaksehir – has played well so far and has got past Wijndal a few times already down the right wing.

Bosnia-Herzegovina

39′ Todorovic is the first player to be booked tonight as he stands on Depay’s foot. That was a late one and most likely a very sore one for the Lyon winger. 

36′ If the home side fail to win tonight, Netherlands boss Frank De Boer will become the first Oranje coach in history to fail to win any of his first four matches in charge. That looks rather unlikely now though given the score line so far. 

34′ Bosnia again respond with a chance off their own as Gojak shoots first time from the edge of the Dutch penalty area. Krul does well to get down to his left and keep the ball out.

32′ NEARLY! Wijnaldum nearly has a first half hattrick for the Netherlands. Depays backheels the ball to Wijndal who plays a simple pass into the captain’s feet. The midfielder holds off a defender but his shot from 15 yards is straight at Sehic.

30′ Despite being 2-0 down, Bosnia are playing well in midfield and attack. The away side have had a few good chances themselves and, on another day, might have already scored this evening. The problems are at the back as the Dutch look likely to score on every attack they create.

28′ GOAL DISALLOWED! It should be 3-0 to the home side. Berghuis is in again down the right wing and squares the ball for Luuk de Jong who makes no mistake from close range, but the linesman’s flag is up. Replays show that it was a poor decision and that the Sevilla forward was clearly onside. Where’s VAR when you need it?!

25′ Through their four Nations League Group A1 matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina have only made 24 successful tackles. Only England have had fewer in the competition with 19. The away side have really struggled to stop the Dutch attack so far tonight and have already paid the price for that.

23′ Bosnia just need to hold firm here and see out the next ten minutes of play and build from there. It’s been far too easy so far for the Dutch full backs and wingers to get crosses into the away side’s penalty area.

20′ This is in danger of being a cricket score right now. Luuk de Jong is the latest Dutch player to be freed behind the Bosnian defence. The big striker delays his shot however and Hadziahmetovic does well to get back and block the attempt.

18′ The hosts go in search for a third but Wijndal’s cross is blocked and goes for a corner. Berghuis delivers but Bosnia clears the danger with relative ease.

16′ The two goals were far too easy for the home side. The Bosnian defence were stood like statues for both in truth and should have closed the space down a lot better.

Netherlands

13′ Selfless from Berghuis – who like Dumfries for the first goal – lays it on a plate for Wijnaldum.

Netherlands

13′ GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! 2-0 NETHERLANDS. WIJNALDUM AGAIN!!! It’s almost exactly the same goal for the Dutch captain. This time Depay loops a cross to the back post from the left which is met by Berghuis. The Feyenoord winger heads the ball across the six yard box and Wijnaldum sweeps home again from close range.

11′ CHANCE! Depay nearly doubles the Netherlands lead. Wijnaldum finds the Lyon talisman on the edge of the box but his right-footed effort from 20 yards out is weak and is easily collected by Sehic in the Bosnian goal.

9′ Bosnia have responded well to that opening Dutch goal by keeping much of the possession since. They’ll need a big performance from Pjanic in the heart of midfield to turn this match around.

Netherlands

6′ A lovely assist from Dumfries who laid it on a plate for the Liverpool midfielder. Wijnaldum simply couldn’t miss. 

Netherlands

6′ GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! 1-0 NETHERLANDS. WIJNALDUM!!!! What a lovely team goal this is. Depay finds Dumfries rushing down the right wing and finds the PSV defender with a simple pass. The full-back in turn plays a lovely pass across the six-yard box and Wijnaldum is there to sweep home. That’s a fantastic start for the home side.

5′ JUST WIDE! The away side immediately respond and Pjanic sees an effort from the edge of the box just miss the far bottom corner. Krul was rooted in the home goal.

4′ SO CLOSE! The hosts break down the left and Wijndal slices his cross towards de Jong. He doesn’t mean it but it flies over the goalkeeper and rattles the far post. 

3′ Bosnia think they may have an early penalty but the referee ignores Gojak’s appeals and instead gives a free-kick the opposite way for handball. 

1′ Referee Francois Letexier blows his whistle and we’re underway here in Amsterdam!

The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick-off is just moments away.

Recent history suggests that we won’t be seeing many goals in this afternoon’s clash at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Both sides have struggled in front of goal in this competition so far this year – scoring only two goals each in their previous four Nations League fixtures.

This week the Bosnia-Herzegovina squad has been badly disrupted due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests and as a result manager Dusan Bajevic is without many of his star players – including captain and top scorer Edin Dzeko. Despite playing just 77 minutes of action for new side Barcelona, Pjanic starts this evening and captains his country in midfield whilst Arsenal’s Kolasinac takes his regular place at left-back.

Netherlands boss Frank de Boer is forced into changes due to recent injury concerns. Manchester City’s Nathan Ake was injured in his side’s match versus Spain in mid-week and has dropped out of the squad. Spurs midfielder Steven Bergwijn and number one goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen also miss out through injury. Krul comes in between the sticks whilst De Vrij and Blind start at centre back tonight. Dumfries enters at right back but Manchester United’s van de Beek drops to the bench.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA SUBS: Adi Adilovic, Kenan Piric, Advan Kadusic, Darko Todorovic, Benjamin Tatar, Smail Prevljak, Vladan Danilovic, Amar Rahmanovic, Adnan Kovacevic, Irfan Hadzic, Stjepan Loncar, Almedin Ziljkic.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (4-3-3): Ibrahim Sehic; Branimir Cipetic, Amir Hadziahmetovic, Sinisa Sanicanin, Sead Kolasinac; Gojko Cimirot, Miralem Pjanic, Rade Krunic; Edin Visca, Armin Hodzic, Amer Gojak.

NETHERLANDS SUBS: Marco Bizot, Joel Drommel, Hans Hateboer, Joel Veltman, Sven Botman, Patrick van Aanholt, Ryan Babel, Quincy Promes, Ryan Gravenberch, Calvin Stengs, Donyell Malen, Donny van de Beek.

NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind, Owen Wijndal; Davy Klaassen, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong; Steven Berghuis, Luuk De Jong, Memphis Depay.

Both sides come into this crucial Nations League Group A1 clash in similar recent form. Netherlands haven’t won in their last five international matches whilst Bosnia-Herzegovina haven’t seen victory in the last year across all competitions. The two sides last met back in October where both came away relatively happy with a point after a 0-0 draw in the Bosnian city of Zenica.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Nations League fixture between Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina!

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