Bosnia held by Portugal

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 Portugal 0

Possession was dominated by the visitors but Helder Postiga missed the best of what chances they created, while Cristiano Ronaldo again struggled to produce his club form.

Nonetheless, Paulo Bento’s side will be happier with the goalless draw and they will be firm favourites to progress in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Portugal were first to show after nine minutes when Raul Meireles fired in a shot from the edge of the box, bringing a smart save out of Asmir Begovic at his near post.

Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure as Portugal dominated the half without creating much, and the Real Madrid man was reduced to snap-shots which did not trouble Begovic.

Ronaldo threw a lump of the uneven turf to the ground in irritation after sending an effort wide six minutes into the second period.

In the 58th minute, a Joao Moutinho free-kick broke in the box to Postiga, but he sliced his shot wide.

Ronaldo weaved his way through after 64 minutes but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Begovic.

Edin Dzeko had a rare chance for Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 72nd minute, but shot just wide. Substitute Vedad Ibisevic had a glorious chance moments later when Adnan Zahirovic’s cross reached him at the back post, but his control was dreadful and he got in a tangle as he tried to shoot.

Begovic scrambled to save from Meireles, before Ibisevic missed another great opportunity at the other end, blazing his shot wildly over the bar when through on goal. In the last act of the game, Dzeko saw a close-range shot saved by Rui Patricio but the whistle signalled he was offside.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: Begovic, Spahic, Jahic, Rahimic, Zahirovic, Pjanic, Misimovic (Ibricic 86), Salihovic (Ibsevic 68), Lulic, Medunjanin (Maletic 67), Dzeko.

PORTUGAL: Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Pereira, Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles (Micael 81), Nani, Ronaldo, Postiga (Almeda 65).

Referee: Howard Webb (England).

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox