MATCH CENTRE

WED 25 JUNE 2014, 18:00, ARENA FONTE NOVA

3
VS
1

B&H do Nigeria a big favour

by Graeme Jackson

Wed June 25, 19:58

Bosnia and Herzegovina did Nigeria a massive favour by defeating Iran 3-1 in their final 2014 World Cup Group F clash in Salvador on Wednesday.

The result sees the Super Eagles join Argentina in progressing into the last 16 despite a defeat to the South American heavyweights in a simultaneous match in Porto Alegre.

Bosnia, who had lost narrowly to both Argentina and Nigeria in their first two group matches, were determined to end their tournament on a high and goals from Edin Dezko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsaljevic ensured they did just that.

Dzeko opened the scoring midway through the first half with a crisp left-footed finish that had the beating of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi.

And Dzeko turned provider for the European side’s second goal just before the hour mark, playing a perfectly-weighted ball for Pjanic to sweep home with his right foot and make it 2-0.

Iran gave themselves hope of an unlikely comeback when Reza Ghoochannejhad turned home the ball from close range in the 82nd minute after some poor defending by Bosnia, but it was no more than a false dawn as Vrsaljevic restored the two-goal cushion on a counter attack just a minute later.

Bosnia and Herzegovina end third in Group F on three points, while Iran finished bottom with one point.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA FONTE NOVA
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA GOALS IRAN GOALS
11. Edin Dzeko (23') 16. Reza Ghoochannejhad (82')
8. Miralem Pjanic (59')
2. Avdija Vrsaljevic (83')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA STARTING LINEUP IRAN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
12
Defender
4
5
Defender
5
Defender
4
Defender
15
Defender
23
Midfielder
61'
21
Defender
15
Midfielder
83'
2
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
59'
8
Midfielder
63'
3
Midfielder
77'
7
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
79'
14
Forward/Striker
68'
21
Forward/Striker
23'
84'
11
Forward/Striker
46'
7
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
82'
16
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ognjen Vranjes
Defender
61'
6
Khosro Heydari
Forward/Striker
46'
2
Sejad Salihovic
Midfielder
79'
23
Alireza Jahan Bakhsh
Forward/Striker
63'
9
Edin Visca
Forward/Striker
84'
19
Karim Ansari Fard
Forward/Striker
68'
10
CARDS
Muhamed Besic
Midfielder
77'
7
Karim Ansari Fard
Forward/Striker
88'
10
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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