Malta and Bosnia Herzegovina shared the spoils in a goalless draw in an Under-21 international friendly match at the National Stadium on Wednesday. A friendly match which forms part of Silvio Vella’s side ahead of the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers which kick-off in September.
The locals had a fine start, going close to taking the lead on the 8th minute when Jan Busuttil sent Zachary Brincat through but the latter’s effort hit the upright with the goalkeeper beaten.
On the half-hour, the Malta goalkeeper performed a fine save in two attempts on a direct freekick by Zinedin Mustedanagic.
Two minutes in the second half, Bosnia-Herzegovina was also unlucky to hit the foot of the upright when Haris Hajdarevic’s low shot from outside the area was not held by goalkeeper Andreas Vella
The visitors maintained the pressure for the rest of the second half although on the 76th minute, in an isolated counter-attack, Zachary Brincat hit the side netting following a good run on the left flank.
MALTA U-21 Andreas Vella, Jean Borg, Kurt Shaw, Connor Zammit, Michele Sansone, Nicholas Pulis, Zachary Karl Grech, Myles Beerman, Aidan Jake Friggieri (68’ Ayrton Attard), Jan Busuttil (68’ Neil Frendo), Zachary Brincat (89’ Omar Elouni).
BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA U-21 Kenan Topolovic (58’ Adnan Kanuric), Halid Sabanovic, Jasmin Celikovic, Vedran Vrhovac (59’ Rijad Sadiku), Amar Beganovic, Haris Hajdarevic (68’ Vladan Danilovic), Marko Brkic (59’ Mato Stanic), Paetar Bojo (69’ Jovan Motika), Zinedin Mustedanagic, Benjamin Hadzic (80’ Nemanja Nikolic), Nardin Mulahusejnovic (69’ Stipe Juric).
Referee: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele