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Christofi the hero as Cyprus stun Bosnia

Make mine a double: Demetris Christofi scored twice as Cyprus beat Bosnia 2-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifying opener

Cyprus pulled off a stunning win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday night, beating Bosnia 2-1 away in Zenica.

Bosnia, who appeared at the Brazil World Cup earlier this summer, got off to a great start when Vedad Ibisevic gave them the lead after only six minutes.
But Cyprus fought back when Demetris Christofi equalised on the stroke of half-time.
Christofi then gave Cyprus a vital and unexpected three points in the Group B clash when he scored the winner after 73 minutes.

Elsewhere in the group, Gareth Bale rescued a poor Wales, crashing home a late free-kick to overcome a stubborn Andorra side in their Euro 2016 qualification opener.
Andorra took an early lead on their artificial turf through an Ildefons Lima penalty after a Neil Taylor foul.

Real Madrid’s Bale headed home from Ben Davies’s cross before the break, but his side lacked inspiration with boss Chris Coleman booed by some away fans.
But Bale’s trademark dipping set-piece saved his manager more embarrassment.

In Group H, goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci gave new coach Antonio Conte victory in his first competitive game as Italy beat Norway 2-0

Euro 2016 Group B
Standings P W D L F A Pts
1 Cyprus 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
1 Wales 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Andorra 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
5 Bosnia 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Results from Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday September 9:

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-2 Cyprus
Andorra 1-2 Wales
Kazakhstan 0-0 Latvia
Czech Republic 2-1 Netherlands
Iceland 3-0 Turkey
Azerbaijan 1-2 Bulgaria
Croatia 2-0 Malta
Norway 0-2 Italy

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