2014 FIFA World Cup: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran - As it happened...


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FULL-TIME: Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 - 1 Iran

90+3' - After few exchanges, Sadeghi commit a foul as Iran looked for a goal. Referee whistled for one last time.

89' - Iran earned a corner. From Teymourian's delivery, a Bosnian defender headed the ball to safety. Three minutes ADDED.

87' - Yellow Card for Karim Ansarifard as he tried to fool the ref with a dive.

85' - With that Iran goal, all the teams in Brazil World Cup have scored at least one, first since 1998 France - 32 teams on goal!!!

84' - Final SUB for Bosnia as Edin Dzeko is replaced by Edin Visca.

83' - What a strike from Bosnia!!! After the restart, Vrsajevic has a free run down the right and fired past Haghighi for a3 - 1 lead.

82' - Iran pulled one back as Reza Ghoochannejhad, after wasting an easy chance, got another chance. This time, taking his time to beat the goalie.

80' - Besic continuing his runs. Got the ball forward before rolling back it to the centre.

79' - Bosnia SUB: Tino Susic replaced by Sejad Salihovic.

78' - First Yellow Card of the match. A lenient referee finally found reason to book. Muhamed Besic the culprit.

77' - Bosnia won a corner. Pjanic's delivery failed to find any taker. Iran, good defending!

75' - It's all Bosnia now. Have more than 65% possession with some fifteen minutes to the final whistle.

73' - Spahic and Ibisevic combined well for Bosnia but Iranian defenders are making sure not further goals conceded.

70' - From a Dzeko offside, Iran launched a quick counter attack. But some frantic defending from the Bosnians meant Iran are still without a goal.

69' - Bosnia continued attacking with their little, short passes and Vranjes won a free-kick.

67' - Final SUB for Iran as Ashkan Dejagah made way for Karim Ansarifard.

66' - Bosnia won back-to-back corners, with Miralem Pjanic taking the responsibility of delivering the ball from the flag. But some good defending from the Iranians, especially Haghighi, who blocked the corner.

64' - Iran, in their pursuit to fight back, found too many runs without direction. This time Khosro Heydari caught off-side.

63' - Another Iran SUB: Ehsan Hajsafi replaced by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

62' - Bosnia SUB: Anel Hadzic replaced by Ognjen Vranjes.

61' - It was indeed one good team-work as Pjanic was feeded by Tino Susic.

60' - Miralem Pjanic extended the lead for Bosnia.

56' - From the play, Dejagah found himself off-side.

54' - Iranians are happy to take short corners, probably due to the physical prowess of Bosnian defenders. Heydari took a short corner.

53' - It seemes, Hosseini is finding his form. Won a corner for his team following neat roll inside the Bosnia boss.

52' - Little period of possession for Iran resulted in Bosnia dropping back. But Iran failed to produce that telling pass.

50' - Hosseini got his first open chance to do something for the team. Tried a chip pass, but the pass failed to find any of his team-mates.

In the other match, Musa equalised yet again for a 2-2. But Argentina found the lead through a Rojo finish.

48' - Experienced Ghoochannejhad conceded a free-kick to Bosnia in their own half. From the set-play, Pjanic tried to beat the goalie. But a bad attempt. Goal-kick to Iran.

47' - From the Bosnia start, Saed Kolasinac missed a great chance to increase the lead as his attempt from a close range failed to hit the target.

46' - Iran are off to a flier. But Dejagah's run short-lived after an off-side call.

During the interval, Iran have made one change bringing Heydari on for Shojaei.

In the first-half, Bosnia enjoyed greater possession and got the result thanks to a brilliant Dzeko goal. They have attempted six times, with four hitting the target.

For Iran, from two attempts, one found the target. The Asian giants tried to beat the off-side trap couple of times, but failed to time their releases. And resulted in three off-sides.

HALF-TIME: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 - 0 Iran

45+4' - In the last couple of minutes, players from both the camps started playing a bit rough. This time, Sadeghi got a warning from the referee.

45+1' - A pretty aweful tackle by Anel Hadzic. Iran won a free-kick. From the set-play taken by Dejagah, a Bosnian defender cleared the ball.

44' - From a Sunjic foul, Iran won a free-kick in the Bosnian half. From the set-play, Dejagah sent a teasing delivery which was collected by the goalie. Three minutes ADDED.

42' - Edin Dzeko and Avdija Vrsajevic combined pretty well to create trouble for the Iranians. From the play, Ibisevic got a shot but his attempt flew wide of the post.

40' - Besic almost got a booking. He and Hosseini involved sin a tussle inside the Iran box, with the Iran defender winning the bought.

37' - Safi produced a great inside the Bosnia box. But Bosnian defenders scrambled to stop the Iran player from making a release for this team-mates.

36' - Emir Spahic got medical attention. He's being carried off following a Ghoochannejhad tackle.

34' - Ghoochannejhad committed a foul and was warned by the referee. Free-kick to Bosnia.

33' - Iran won a corner. Taken by Hajsafi, the delivery was a short one, but from the play, they failed to create any chance.

31' - The lines-man caught Sadeghi offside. It could have a decisive run from the Iranian. But the timing of the run was left wanting.

29' - Iran won a free-kick as Bosnian Muhamed Besic hold his opponent.

27' - Iran midfielder Teymourian survived a close call as he tripped a Bosnia player in their own half. Got a rebutal from the ref., though.

25' - Off-side for Ghoochannejhad. The Iranian frontman tried to beat the trap. But was running too early.

24' - Iran almost found the equaliser as Masoud Shojaei's attempt from inside the Bosnia box hit the crossbar.

22' - Edin Dzeko scored for Bosnia. The Man City player completed a solo run with a good strike from some distance.

19' - Great opening from the Iranians as Ghoochannejhad found a good through ball inside the Bosnia box.

18' - Unmarked Vedad Ibisevic got a delivery inside the Iran box. But he couldn't quite finished the job.

17' - After few exchanges in the centre, Susic got himself involved in a tussle with the referee awarding a free-kick to Iran.

14' - Brave run from Sadeghi as Iran tried to break the Bosnian defence. But the score-line still remained 0-0.

In the other match, Nigeria got the equalise.

13' - Iran got their first free-kick as Vedad Ibisevic committed a foul.

11' - From the following play, Mehrdad Pooladi committed a foul and it's free kick to Bosnia.

10' - Second corner for Bosnia, taken by Miralem Pjanic. But again, after much promise, Iranian defenders cleared the ball to safety.

7' - First clear attempt from Edin Dzeko. Alireza Haghighi just did enough the save for Iran.

4' - Soon Bosnia won the first corner of the match. Tino Susic took the corner. But nothing worthwhile happened for the attacking team.

3' - Iran, after chasing for a while, got their first hold on the ball. From the other match, Messi scored.

1' - Bosnia, an all blue, started the proceedings from the centre. Iran, in all white, continue to chase the ball.

The stakes are high for Iran. They need to win and also hope Nigeria lose against Argentina. Bosnia are already out of the match.

Popular Spanish referee, Carlos Velasco Carballo will officiate the match.

Here are the team-sheets:

Bosnia-Herzegovina XI: Begovic; Vrsalevic, Spahic, Sunjic, Kolasinac; Susic, Besic, Pjanic, Hadzic; Dzeko, Ibisevic

SUBS: Fejzic, Avdukic, Bicakcic, Vranjes, Misimovic, Mujdza, Lulic, Ibricic, Medunjanin, Visca, Hajrovic, Salihovic

Iran XI: Haghighi, Montazeri, Sadeghi, Hosseini, Pooladi; Haji Safi, Nekounam, Teymourian; Dejagah, Ghoochanneijhad, Shojaei

SUBS: Ahmadi, Heydari, R Haghighi, Reza Jahanbakhsh, Ansarifard, Haddadifa, Mahini, Alenemeh, Rahmani, Beikzadeh, Beitashour, Davari


Welcome to our coverage of this Group G encounter between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Bosnia are already knocked out of the World Cup, while Iran have a slight glimmer of hope to go through. And what a story would it be if they achieve the impossible.

Iran were denied a well deserved point in the last match due to a genius piece of football from Lionel Messi. On paper, Bosnia have a strong side that should easily get past Iran. But their form has hardly been inspiring. Edin Dzeko will be the biggest threat to Queiroz`s team and the Bosnian`s will want to go home with at least a win.

For Iran, Ashkan Dejagah will be the main man infront of goal and the doer of all things good in attack. He has been in sparking form in this tournament and the Asians will look to him to delivery the goods. Iran have been brilliant defensively and have only conceded one goal. They will look to do the same again against Bosnia and hit them on the break.

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