Soccer

Bosnia-Herzegovina edges Denmark on penalties in Kirin Cup

Kyodo

Ten-man Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Denmark 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes in a Kirin Cup match on Friday.

Captain Haris Medunjanin converted the winning penalty for Bosnia, which was driven by a Milan Duric double and will play the Japan-Bulgaria winner on Tuesday in Osaka for the Kirin Cup crown.

Captain Simon Kjaer and Viktor Fischer scored for Denmark.

Denmark drew first blood in the 22nd minute, when Kjaer swept home a deflection from a shot by Christian Eriksen.

The Danes doubled their lead four minutes to the intermission through Fischer, who pounced on a loose ball spilt in the area after a cross by left back Risa Durmisi.

Bosnia got right back in the game after halftime, when in the 52nd minute, Duric tucked in a header by the right post, past Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The Bosnians suffered a setback after 70 minutes as defender Ognjen Vranjes was sent off for a second yellow for taking down Eriksen on the fast break.

But Mehmed Bazdarevic’s side did not go away, Duric again beating Schmeichel in the 84th minute from point-blank range to send the game to penalties.

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