Italy's winning streak ends at 11 after draw with Bosnia

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Poland's Daniel Szymanski, right, and Netherlands' Nathan Ake battle for the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between the Netherlands and Poland in the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

ROME – Edin Džeko’s goal helped Bosnia-Herzegovina hold Italy to a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Nations League on Friday, ending the Azzurri’s record winning streak at 11.

Džeko, who plays his club football with Roma and is therefore no stranger to Italy, put Bosnia ahead near the hour mark from close range.

“I’ve played against all of these guys many times,” Džeko said. “We know each other well.”

Stefano Sensi equalized 11 minutes later with a shot that was deflected in off a defender.

“I was right yesterday when I said neither Bosnia nor Italy were 100% fit,” Džeko said. “We could see the lack of sharpness, but it was a balanced enough game, I think both sides ultimately had one or two chances.”

Also in League A, the Netherlands beat visiting Poland as Steven Bergwijn tapped in for his first international goal -- giving the Oranje 30 goals in their last 10 competitive home games.

In Florence, both sides hit the post early in the second half.

First, Bosnia’s Armin Hodžić got past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma before striking the woodwork from the sharpest of angles.