World Cup—Group F—Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
FULL-TIME: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 0-1 NIGERIA
Scorers: Odemwinge 28'
Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Ambrose, Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel, Babatunde (Uzoenyi), Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa (Ameobi), Emenike.
Substitutes: Uzoenyi, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Ejidge, Nwofor, Uchebo, Agbim, Ameobi, Azeez, Moses, Gabriel
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Begovic, Mujdza, Sunjic, Spahic, Besic, Medunjanin (Susic), Lulic (Salihovic), Hajrovic (Ibisevic), Misimovic, Pjanic, Dzeko.
Substitutes: Vrsajevic, Bicakcic, Kolasinac, Vranjes, Ibisevic, Fejzic, Susic, Ibricic, Visca, Hadziz, Avdukic, Salihovic.
A 1-0 loss to Nigeria on Saturday night knocked Bosnia and Herzegovina out of their first World Cup.
Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal was enough to see the Super Eagles home and into second place ahead of their final group match with Argentina. The Dragons were left to rue a disallowed Edin Dzeko goal prior to that, bafflingly ruled out for a non-existent offside.
It came at a point when Safet Susic's were in the ascendancy after a positive start from Nigeria. Instead, the game swung away from them and the Africans looked more likely to add to their lead for the remainder of the first-half.
Bosnia and Herzegovina would have their chances after the interval. Vedad Ibisevic should have done better with a header after he came off the bench, while Dzeko had a number of opportunities to level.
The most excruciating game in stoppage time when after superbly controlling and turning, his scuffed shot was deflected by Vincent Enyeama onto the post. A near-miss but the striker should have done better.
Dzeko and his team-mates will wonder what might have been. Stephen Keshi and his team's World Cup story is not yet over, with their first win in the tournament since 1998 keeping alive their hopes of progressing.
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