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Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina

Posted: 22 June 2014 Time: 02:24

Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in their second Group F game of the Fifa 2014 World Cup played at the Arena Pantanal.

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The vital goal was scored by Osaze Odemwingie in the first-half.

The game started in frantic fashion from the blast of the referees whistle as both sides tested each other for size.

The first notable chance of the game fell to Nigeria after Emmanuel Emenike won a free-kick which was taken by Ahmed Musa in the 3rd minute. The Bosnian defence cleared Musa's effort, but it fell to Ogenyi Onazi who sent his effort over the bar.

Musa won a free-kick on the edge of the Bosnian box after he was pulled down by Hajrovic in the 7th minute. But the resulting free-kick by Odemwingie went inches wide off the right post.

Nigeria continued to press forward with the likes of Musa, Mikel Obi and Emenike in the thick of things. Onazi tested Begovic with a shot from distance after receiving a pass from Babatunde in the 15th minute.

Musa tried to surprise the Bosnian keeper with a shot from the right wing after receiving the ball from Odemwingie in the 20th minute, but Begovic was up to the task.

Edin Dzeko scored for Bosnia a minute later, but his goal was cancelled for offside.


Dzeko forced Enyeama to make a great save four minutes later after Onazi missed his tackle and allowed the strike break forward.

The Bosnians were gifted a number of chances courtesy of careless play by Nigeria's midfielders, with Onazi and Mikel the biggest culprits.

Odemwingie gave Nigeria the much needed goal in the 29th minute after Emenike broke in powerfully from the right to square the ball for Odemwingie slotted the ball past Begovic.

After the goal, Nigeria sought to slow down the pace of the game, but it didn't stop Dzeko from forcing a close save from Enyeama in the 33rd minute.

Bosnia had a number of half chances, but Nigeria managed to carry their lead into the break.

Dzeko wasted a chance to equalize for Bosnia in the 48th minute, as he ballooned a cross from Hajrovic. On the other end, Babatunde forced a fine save from Begovic with a shot from 20 yards.

Emenike continued to lead Nigeria's onslaught in the game as he muscled his way continually into the vital area of the opponents, but there were no further goals in the game.

There were however scary moments in the dying minutes as Bosnia almost grabbed an equalizer, as Dzeko's effort came off the post in added time. But Nigeria held on to secure their first World Cup win in 16 years.

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Mhlonishwa Jabz1Two3Cebz
posted: 2014-06-22 03:41:49

Sometimes you just need luck to collect all three points and thats what Nigeria got.

posted: 2014-06-22 05:05:38

I concur, luck was very much on their side.

deleted_21347421_deleted_21347421_Soccer Critic
posted: 2014-06-22 05:25:27

Well done the super eagles.

posted: 2014-06-22 05:54:10

Yes it was just luck though

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-06-22 06:11:17

John Obi Mikel.....the most underrated player I know...

Bucs Passion
posted: 2014-06-22 06:52:22

Emenike is a beast he just needed a person to support him othrwise Nigeria would have won 2-0 or more

Bucs Passion
posted: 2014-06-22 06:59:06

Nigeria, Ivory coast and Algeria can qualify for the last 16

posted: 2014-06-22 07:15:21

Dzeko got so many chances and didn't use any... He only needs one at City. He got robbed of the 1 that he converted

posted: 2014-06-22 07:20:10

The referees are poor in this world cup... Cost Bosnia and Herzegovina points. Goodluck Nigeria, seems like you need it

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-06-22 07:56:04

Stop complainin of referees n supot African teams instead of kissing European a$$

Solly Solly
posted: 2014-06-22 08:11:00

Mriyo  Yes Mriyo. Tell this thug.

posted: 2014-06-22 14:33:28

U cnt be underated and play for Chelsea

posted: 2014-06-22 15:38:28

Apart from luck they were far better than what they played against Iran and will get better against Argentina.

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