The Red Devils made a good impression against a strong opposing team. In the first half, they played offensively, with Hazard taking the spotlight. However, the Bosnians managed to get into the game and Dzeko scored in the 28th minute, leaving the Belgians bewildered. The Red Devils were given a lot of chances, but nothing bypassed Bosnian goalkeeper Begovic.
In the second half, Begovic finally let a Belgian shot through, with Nainggolan scoring the game-tying goal in the 51st minute. While this certainly relieved the Red Devils a bit, the Bosnians took control over the match. Both Kompany and Courtois managed to keep them from victory, the latter impressively blocking what could have been Dzeko’s second goal of the night. Afterwards, both teams seemed to slip away, seemingly content with a draw.
Coach Mark Wilmots was pleased with the result. “We started off very strongly. However, Begovic was incredible. Overall, I’m happy with 4 out of 6 points. If we can win our next match against Wales, I think we’ve started this campaign very well.”