Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Goals and Highlights from Group F Match

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 21, 2014

Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie, center, celebrates with his teammates Michael Babatunde, left, and Emmanuel Emenike after scoring the opening goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Fernando Llano/Associated Press

Nigeria held off Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 to capture an important three points and put themselves in position to advance out of the group. 

The win eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina from their first-ever World Cup, but it wasn't without controversy. 

Early on, Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly ruled offside when he was clearly onside. 

Well there we have it. RT "@Betfair: Awful decision!"

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 21, 2014

Edin Dzeko has a goal disallowed for #bih despite being very, very onside

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 21, 2014

While Bosnia and Herzegovina were still fuming over Dzeko's disallowed goal, Peter Odemwingie put Nigeria ahead in the 29th minute after an excellent run from Emmanuel Emenike

1-0 Nigeria

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 21, 2014

Peter Odemwingie: Has scored his first goal for Nigeria since August 2010 (vs South Korea) #nga

— (@WhoScored) June 21, 2014

To make matters worse, some could make the argument that there should have been a foul on the Nigerian goal. 

Foul on Nigeria on their goal score ?

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 21, 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina nearly equalised right at the death of the match, but Dzeko's effort was narrowly saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to preserve the three points. 

Nigeria goalkeeper Enyeama incredible save at end of Bosnia-Nigeria game

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 21, 2014