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    Nigeria - Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:0 (1:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    21 June 2014 Cuiaba /Arena Pantanal 18:00 40499
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    PAUL Russell (RSA)
    Did not play in Match
    NGANGUE Appolinaire (CMR)
    Fifth Official
    BORIA Eric (USA)
    Referee
    O LEARY Peter (NZL)
    Assistant Referee 1
    HINTZ Jan Hendrik (NZL)
    Assistant Referee 2
    RULE Mark (NZL)
    Fourth Official
    MORENO Roberto (PAN)

    Total Goals scored

    Peter ODEMWINGIE (NGA) 29'


    Nigeria

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1
    ENYEAMA (GK)
    1
    BEGOVIĆ (GK)
    2
    YOBO (C)
    4
    SPAHIĆ (C)
    5
    AMBROSE
    7
    BEŠIĆ
    7
    MUSA (-65')
    8
    PJANIĆ
    8
    ODEMWINGIE
    10
    MISIMOVIĆ
    9
    EMENIKE
    11
    DŽEKO
    10
    MIKEL
    13
    MUJDŽA
    13
    OSHANIWA
    15
    ŠUNJIĆ
    17
    ONAZI
    16
    LULIĆ (-58')
    18
    BABATUNDE (-75')
    18
    MEDUNJANIN (-64')
    22
    OMERUO
    20
    HAJROVIĆ (-57')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    16
    EJIDE (GK)
    12
    FEJZIĆ (GK)
    21
    AGBIM (GK)
    22
    AVDUKIĆ (GK)
    3
    UZOENYI (+75')
    2
    VRŠAJEVIĆ
    4
    GABRIEL
    3
    BIČAKČIĆ
    6
    EGWUEKWE
    5
    KOLAŠINAC
    11
    MOSES
    6
    VRANJEŠ
    12
    ODUNLAMI
    9
    IBIŠEVIĆ (+57')
    15
    AZEEZ
    14
    SUŠIĆ (+64')
    19
    NWOFOR
    17
    IBRIČIĆ
    20
    UCHEBO
    19
    VIŠĆA
    23
    AMEOBI (+65')
    21
    HADŽIĆ
    14
    OBOABONA
    23
    SALIHOVIĆ (+58')
    Coach Coach
    KESHI Stephen (NGA) SUSIC Safet (BIH)

    Cautions

    Haris MEDUNJANIN (BIH) 6' , John Obi MIKEL (NGA) 81'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Nigeria extinguish Bosnian dreams

    Debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina saw themselves exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ after two games, following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Nigeria. Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal was enough to put the Super Eagles within a point of the Round of 16. With Argentina having already sewn up qualification from Group F, the race was on to try to wrap up the remaining spot. Both sides were set up to play attacking football, and when Haris Mendunjanin was booked for bringing down Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie – who had impressed as a substitute against Iran – fired the free-kick inches wide.

    The Bosnians were looking intent on playing attractive football in pursuit of the result they needed, with their nimble-footed midfield pairing of Miralem Pjanic and Muhamed Besic combining superbly, only for the young Ferencvaros midfielder to fire over. The African champions, for their part, looked keen on making Begovic work, as the shots from distance were raining in from early on. First John Obi Mikel saw his low, zipping shot flash just wide, before the Stoke City goalkeeper had to beat away Ogenyi Onazi's effort. Edin Dzeko thought he had put the Europeans ahead, but after latching on to Zvejzdan Misimovic's slick through-ball and slotting past Vincent Enyeama, he looked up to see a flag had denied him. It was the Nigerian veteran goalkeeper himself who was next to prevent the Manchester City man opening his World Cup account, pushing his near-post shot away for a corner.

    However, after the Super Eagles had spent ten minutes on the back foot they struck against the run of play. Emmanuel Emenike's near-unstoppable momentum saw him bundle past Emir Spahic down the right flank, before he laid the ball on a plate for Odemwingie to slot past his club team-mate Begovic. While striking on the break was proving lethal for Nigeria, it seemed just a matter of time before the World Cup debutants would find joy with feeding Dzeko. He was a constant worry for Joseph Yobo and Juwon Oshaniwa and had a great chance of the stroke of half-time, but after Pjanic's cut back, he blazed over from 12 yards.

    The pattern of play continued after the break, with the eastern Europeans' passing creativity finding gaps in the Nigerians' backline, but they lacked the killer pass or clinical finish to make them count, while the west Africans broke at pace and tested Begovic from range. The goalkeeper had to be on his toes to deny Emenike from much closer in though after the Fenerbahce striker pounced on a ricochet off Odemwingie, only to see Begovic stick out a long Bosnian leg to put it behind at his near post. Safet Susic had said he wanted to save the semi-fit Sejad Salihovic for their final game if he could, but caved to the ticking clock, bringing on the Hoffenheim midfielder and goal-scorer from the opening match Vedad Ibisevic for an influx of experience. The introduction of the latter almost paid off, but he could only flick Misimovic's corner over the bar.

    With 15 minutes remaining and their shirts drenched in sweat, Zmajevi (The Dragons) were getting agitated with their World Cup future looking bleak, but a Pjanic shot from range doingtle to trouble Enyeama. Stephen Keshi's side were still out to make the result safe, and Onazi tested Begovic again with another drilled effort from before Emenike shot just wide. When Misimovic fluffed his lines on the edge of the box with 90 minutes on the clock it looked destined not to be their night. Edin Dzeko headed straight at Enyeama moments later, before seeing his effort from six yards turned on to the post, and that save ultimately sealed their exit from the tournament.

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    Nigeria-Bosnia and Herzegovina: Quotes

    Safet Susic, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach
    The match unfolded exactly the way I imagined. It was an open game, two teams wishing to win, lots of chances at either end. We had a lot of chances and didn’t convert any. They had one and scored that goal. I can only congratulate them. We knew they would be tough but they surprised us with their speed, their movement. They played attacking football, they really wanted to win. Now they are in second place in the group with great chances to progress.

    Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
    Everybody is happy in west Africa; Ghana got their result and we won. It’s good for the continent. The fighting spirit we showed was good. I never thought that we wouldn’t make the Round of 16. I have the players. But look at Iran today, if it was not for Lionel Messi. We need to work hard for the game against Argentina.

    Peter Odemwingie, Nigeria forward and Budweiser Man of the Match
    The goal means a lot to me. But the win was down to 90 minutes of concentration and effort from my team-mates. The most important thing today was the character. We even enjoyed defending together. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this country. Playing for my fatherland is an honour and a pleasure. What better way to come back than playing in a World Cup. Being back with my fiends made me happy. I didn’t expect to come back and score a winner in such an important game, but I’m very happy. But this was a point the team earned. Right now I’m so high on our team’s performance.

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