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    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Iran 3:1 (1:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    25 June 2014 Salvador/Arena Fonte Nova 13:00 48011
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    JOHN Windsor (MAS)
    Fifth Official
    ASTROZA Carlos (CHI)
    Referee
    VELASCO CARBALLO Carlos (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 1
    ALONSO FERNANDEZ Roberto (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 2
    YUSTE Juan (ESP)
    Fourth Official
    OSSES Enrique (CHI)

    Total Goals scored

    Edin DZEKO (BIH) 23' , Miralem PJANIC (BIH) 59' , Reza GHOOCHANNEJAD (IRN) 82' , Avdija VRSAJEVIC (BIH) 83'


    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Iran
    1
    BEGOVIĆ (GK)
    12
    A. HAGHIGHI (GK)
    2
    VRŠAJEVIĆ
    3
    HAJI SAFI (-63')
    4
    SPAHIĆ (C)
    4
    J. HOSSEINI
    5
    KOLAŠINAC
    5
    AMIRHOSSEIN
    7
    BEŠIĆ
    6
    J. NEKOUNAM (C)
    8
    PJANIĆ
    7
    MASOUD. SH (-46' HT)
    9
    IBIŠEVIĆ
    14
    ANDRANIK
    11
    DŽEKO (-84')
    15
    MONTAZERI
    14
    SUŠIĆ (-79')
    16
    REZA
    15
    ŠUNJIĆ
    21
    DEJAGAH (-68')
    21
    HADŽIĆ (-61')
    23
    MEHRDAD
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    FEJZIĆ (GK)
    1
    R. AHMADI (GK)
    22
    AVDUKIĆ (GK)
    22
    DAVARI (GK)
    3
    BIČAKČIĆ
    2
    KH. HEYDARI (+46' HT)
    6
    VRANJEŠ (+61')
    8
    R. HAGHIGHI
    10
    MISIMOVIĆ
    9
    ALIREZA (+63')
    13
    MUJDŽA
    10
    KARIM (+68')
    16
    LULIĆ
    11
    GHASEM. H
    17
    IBRIČIĆ
    13
    H. MAHINI
    18
    MEDUNJANIN
    17
    AHMAD
    19
    VIŠĆA (+84')
    18
    BAKHTIAR
    20
    HAJROVIĆ
    19
    BEIKZADEH
    23
    SALIHOVIĆ (+79')
    20
    BEITASHOUR
    Coach Coach
    SUSIC Safet (BIH) QUEIROZ Carlos (POR)

    Cautions

    Muhamed BESIC (BIH) 77' , Karim ANSARI FARD (IRN) 88'

    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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    Bosnians bid farewell by eliminating Iran

    Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded their maiden FIFA World Cup™ campaign with a 3-1 victory over Iran that thwarted their opponents’ hopes of squeezing into the Round of 16 at the expense of Nigeria in Group F. With Argentina taking maximum points from the other fixture in the section, the Iranians could have secured second place and progression with a win of their own, but a trio of timely strikes by the European debutants extinguished such ambitions and provided coach Safet Susic with reason to smile before returning home.

    While qualification for the next stage was beyond his country no matter the result in Salvador, the determination of Edin Dzeko to depart the tournament with a goal was abundantly clear. After the Manchester City forward’s venomous volley from ten yards took a deflection over the crossbar, he stretched his neck to redirect a promising centre but watched the header loop into the hands of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi. On 23 minutes, though, the 28-year-old could celebrate. With seemingly little danger to Carlos Queiroz’s well-drilled Iranians, Dzeko collected a simple pass into space midway inside the opposition half. His execution was simple but clinically effective – stride forward, dribble across the defence into freedom and cannon an unstoppable, low left-footer into the right corner from distance for 1-0.

    The Asians were almost level within seconds; attacking along the right flank, the ball was worked back to the near edge of the penalty area and Masoud Shojaei, whose quickly-plotted attempt to loft up and over Asmir Begovic was aided by a slight nick but cruelly struck the top of the woodwork. The move typified an encouraging response by Iran, suddenly finding a sense of adventure and urgency. Boosted by clinching the opener, Dzeko was at the centre of everything positive for the Bosnians and it was his incisive through pass that dissected the Iranian backline to release Avdija Vrsajevic. The No2 raced onto the delivery but snatched at the opportunity to blast on the diagonal and merely knocked the ball well wide to the left.

    In contrast to the prolific nature of the simultaneous Group F fixture between Argentina and Nigeria, where the goals rained in from kick-off, fluidity and rhythm were at a premium for both sides at the outset of the second half in this one. At the hour mark, however, both characteristics were evident for all to see. Iran defender Jalal Hosseini surrendered possession far too cheaply deep inside his own half and, in the blink of an eye, Bosnia and Herzegovina doubled their advantage. Seizing the chance, Tino Susic threaded a perfectly weighted assist into the adjoining run in the left channel by Miralem Pjanic, who shifted his weight and curled a side-foot hit around the stretch of Haghighi to end the stylish play in sublime fashion.

    As a deluge unfolded above them and each team contemplated the closing stages of their participation at Brazil 2014, Reza Ghoochannejad refused to relent. Having had one effort blocked and sent another wide, he finally opened the tournament account for Queiroz’s men by tapping home after being found completely unmarked at the back post by a drill across the area. Irritated by the concession, Bosnia and Herzegovina promptly sprinted in the opposite direction and, when Vrsajevic took up responsibility as he hurtled down the right wing, the full-back picked his preferred spot of the net and lashed a powerful shot precisely where he hoped to. Iran hopes evaporated and their Group F rivals took up residence at the next stage.

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    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Iran: Quotes

    Safet Susic, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach
    We dominated the game and deserved to win. Although I know that Iran wanted to progress, the victory was important for us. We can now go home with our heads held high. We wanted to leave a good impression, but we’re not satisfied because we think that we could have done more. I’m not being arrogant when I say that, but if we’d played a bit better against Nigeria and had a bit more luck, I think we would have made the Round of 16. I was a little surprised by the way Iran played today, they can attack teams extremely well and I was expecting them to be adventurous, but I thought at times it was almost as if they would have been content to draw.

    Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach
    I have to congratulate Bosnia and Herzegovina, they deserved to win today and, without disrespect to Argentina or Nigeria, I believe that they should have qualified from this group. They have great players who play for great clubs – and I do believe that they are the best team of the group. We pushed ourselves to the limit, mentally and physically and I’m very, very proud of them. We were exhausted after the Argentina game, but we fought for 90 minutes. Despite all our difficulties, we kept pushing and created some good chances, but Bosnia and Herzegovina were better today. They were on another level and we are not at that level due the facilities in Iran. We finish our job here with no regrets, no excuses.

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