The Bosnians lost to Northern Ireland on penalties in Thursday’s playoff semifinals but are offset by a persistent performance against the disappointing Dutch, especially after starting without several key players.
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The result left the Dutch, who finished second in the Nations’ First League, four points from three games while Bosnia has two.
The new Dutch coach Frank de Boer is still waiting for a first win after losing at home to Mexico in a friendly last Wednesday. You play away against Italy on Wednesday.
The Dutch threatened early on that defender Stefan de Vrij would find a place in the penalty area between the Bosnian defense, but got only a brief glimpse of a good header chance in the fifth minute.
Quincy Promes shot a shot well over the top in another half-chance for the Dutch and De Vrij had another header from both sides in the first half.
Bosnia came alive when the 34-year-old skipper Edin Dzeko was put in as a replacement for the last half hour.
He was immediately caught up in several runaways, the best of which led him to prepare Miralem Pjanic for a shot that forced Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to make his first save after 68 minutes.
That led De Boer to make changes and two new players on the right quickly lifted the Dutch out of their lethargy.
Frenkie de Jong scored the visitors’ first shot on goal in the 77th minute, but was dismissed by Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic. From the resulting corner, Luuk de Jong watched in disbelief as his powerful header was also pushed around the post in a breathtaking save.
With five minutes left, Frenkie de Jong should have ended a Steven Berghuis retreat, but defender Darko Todorovic dived to block the tied attempt.
In stoppage time, Ryan Babel should have caught a late winner, but he was blown up at close range to sum up a disappointing night for the Dutch.
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