Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran: Live Player Ratings

Andrew Gibney@@gibney_aFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina take on Iran in the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador on Wednesday evening, with only the Asian side left fighting for qualification to the round of 16.

Safet Susic’s side were eliminated from the World Cup after the 1-0 defeat to Nigeria left them without a point after two games. Iran need to win to have any chance of escaping Group F.

Argentina have already qualified for the second phase, but they need to avoid defeat to Nigeria to secure the top spot. That should give Iran all the hope they need.

Carlos Queiroz is unlikely to make any changes from the side that played so well against Argentina. Although they lost 1-0, there were terrific performances throughout his Iran team.

For Bosnia-Herzegovina, there is a chance that Susic will bring Vedad Ibisevic back into the lineup.

During qualification, the team impressed with both Ibisevic and Edin Dzeko in attack. However, the coach went for a more defensive 4-2-3-1 in the group stage. Therefore, he may revert to a 4-4-2 diamond in order to try to avoid finishing with zero points from the three games.

Iran will only go through if they win and Nigeria lose with the winning margin in either game being greater than one.

However, a 1-0 win for Iran joined with a 1-0 victory for Argentina would leave them and Nigeria completely level, and mean their fate would be decided by the drawing of lots.

Player ratings will be updated at half-time and full-time.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-TimeFull-Time
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Iran Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-TimeFull-Time
Haji Safi66
Ansari FardN/A5
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Begovic - Commanded his area well, no real saves to make. Nothing he could have done for the goal.

Vrsajevic - The more attacking of the two full-backs. Pushed forward in the second half, great finish for the goal.

Sunjic - Worked hard in defence to stop Iran gaining much space in and around the box.

Spahic - A commanding performance from the Captain.

Kolasinac - Stopped Montzaeri getting forward by pushing on down the left.

Hadzic - Neat and tidy, patrolled the midfield well.

Besic - Steady performance against the experience Iranian duo.

Pjanic - Always available, took his goal well, could have had two.

Susic - Confident performance, active, intelligent, good on the ball.

Ibisevic - Worked hard without doing much in an attacking sense.

Dzeko - Great finish for the goal. Always linking up the play. Good performance.


Vranjes - Came on and solidified with Bosnia already had.

Salihovic - Didn't have enough time to get on the ball and make anything happen.

Visca - Late substitute. Game already over.


Haghighi - Lost three goals, but no real errors.

Montazeri - Very quiet game down the right.

Hosseini - Worked hard but the class upfront made the difference.

Sadeghi - Failed to close Dzeko down for the goal.

Pooladi - Pushed back in defence, but ran his heart out in defence.

Nekounam - Battled hard for the ball in midfield, tried to use his experience.

Teymourian - Could have played a lot better in the middle of the park.

Haji Safi - Lively all over the front-line, made some good off the ball runs. Replaced after 63 minutes.

Dejagah - Iran's best player, trying to get on the ball, set-pieces could be better.

Shojaei - Made some good runs down the right. Replaced at HT.

Ghoocannejad - Struggled in the first-half to get a kick of the ball. Worked hard and got his goal.


Heydari - Worked hard when he came on, but the second goal ended the game.

Jahanbakhsh - Never really had a chance to show what he is capable of.

Ansari Fard - No real touches to speak of.


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