Wales qualify for Euro 2016 despite Bosnia & Herzegovina defeat

Wales qualified for a major international tournament for the first time in 57 years, securing their Euro 2016 place despite a 2-0 to defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cyprus’ 2-1 win over Israel rendered the defeat suffered by Chris Coleman’s side irrelevant, with Bosnia also boosting their chances of qualifying for next summer’s European Championships in France with the victory.

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The visitors looked in control of the contest for much of the first half, although Gareth Bale was kept largely quiet. However, Bosnia showed more attacking intent after the break and found two goals – through Milan Djuric and Vedad Ibisevic – to inflict a first defeat of the qualification campaign on Coleman’s men. Wales last played at an international tournament in the 1958 World Cup, and have never before made it to the European Championships. Now, however, they will prepare to complete against the continent’s best in France next summer.

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