'Hapless and disastrous' – Bosnian media reaction to Euro 2016 play-off defeat
Published 17/11/2015 | 08:38
While Irish supporters are already making plans for Euro 2016, their Bosnian counterparts are waking up to play-off disappointment after last night's 2-0 defeat at the Aviva Stadium.
Two goals from Jon Walters did the damage on the night as fans enjoyed a long night of celebrations.
In Bosnia, the general consensus was that he better side over two legs advanced, though there was no hiding the disappointment in the daily newspaper Dnevi Avaz.
They describe their national side as 'hapless' in the front page headline, claiming the failure to reach the European Championships as 'disastrous'.
The paper is magnanimous enough to concede however that Bosnia "deservedly lost" to Martin O'Neill's side in Dublin following the 1-1 draw in Zenica.
'Dragons Wings cut off' is the headline in klix.ba.
They reference "unsecure" goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has had a mixed campaign for Bosnia and say that the game was over as a contest after Walters bagged his second of the night with 20 minutes remaining.
"Then it became clear who is traveling to the European Championship in France."
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The same media outlet also condemns their fans who interrupted the pre-match minute's silence to honour the victims of the recent Paris attacks.
"Unfortunately, protocol and a minute of silence was interrupted by several Bosnian fans," they write . "Fans who were at the moment when the whole stadium stood , head bowed, began chanting 'Palestine'".
Bosnian defender Ervin Zukanovic conceded the first-half penalty that set Ireland on their way, but the Sampdoria man argued post-match it was a harsh decision by match referee Bjorn Kuipers.
In article entitled 'Zukanović claims that penalty did not exist', the defender protests his innocence, but is adamant that the superior team over two legs is going to France.
"I think they deserved to win, because in the two games have shown the desire , the will and aggressiveness , which we missed," he is quoted as saying in Oslobodenje.
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