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Cyprus take on Bosnia in World Cup qualifier

Cyprus takes on Bosnia Herzegovina in its seventh game in the World Cup qualifying rounds at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium on Thursday night.

With six points from seven games, Cyprus takes on Bosnia who with 11 points are third in Group H.

Newly appointed Cyprus manager Ran Ben Simon who took over from Christakis Christoforou on July 5,  expects his team to face a formidable foe that is eager for the point advantage a win will bring them in order to proceed into the next round of the competition.

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The Bosnian national team has been in Cyprus since Sunday in preparation for Thursday’s match which will be the fourth between the two sides and is the second successive year that they face each other in a FIFA or UEFA qualifying round, having been in the same group in the EURO 2016 qualifying round.

In September 2014, Cyprus beat Bosnia Herzegovina 2-1 in Zevitsa only to go down 3-2 in the return game in Nicosia.

In the current competition, Cyprus went down 2-0 Bosnia last October.

The game will be refereed by Briton Andre Marriner and assisted by Lee Betts, Simon Bennet and Craig Pawson (fourth referee) all from the UK.

Gaetano Degabriele from Malta is the referee observer while Crawfort Wilson from Northern Ireland will be the match observer.

Kick-off at Nicosia’s GSP stadium is 9.45pm.

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