2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
The victory ended Nigeria's 16-year win-less streak in the World Cups. Their previous win was at the 1998 France World Cup against Bulgaria, by the same margin.
The match witnessed a total of 38 attempts, 20 from Nigeria and 18 from Bosnia, yet a solitary goal settled the issue. Some good saves from both the goal-keepers.
With the defeat, Bosnia are out of the World Cup.
FULL-TIME: Nigeria 1- 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
90+3' - After a couple more attack, the final whistle came, ending Bosnia's World Cup outing.
90+2' - Bosnia got one last chance and Dzeko's left footed shot hit the right post off a Enyeama deflection. What a miss.
90+1' -And Bosnia got a corner. Enyeama was in the perfect spot to stop Dzeko header.
90' - Three minutes ADDED.
89' - Bosnia got a free-kick in the Nigeria half. From the dead-ball, Bosnia tried to breach the defence through aerial delivery. After few attempts on the follow-up, the ball out of play. Goal-kick Nigeria.
87' - The delivery from Mikel did reached the Bosnia box, but a defender cleared the ball.
86' - Odemwingie received a jolt from Besic - a sliding tackle from the front. Referee had not hesitation booking and awarding Nigeria a free-kick.
85' - Spahic and Susic combined to create something out of an press forward. But a packed Nigerian defence is defending like never before.
84' - Nigeria continued to test Begovic, this time Odemwingie taking a sigh on the goal from a distance.
83' - The referee helped Emenike on his feet as the player asked seemingly tried time-wasting tactics.
81' - John Obi Mikel BOOKED for desperately colliding with a raised elbow.
80' - After playing it quite for a moment, Nigeria came into life as Uzoenyi tried a long ranger. It was followed with another shot.
77' - A bad challenge on Ameobi by Sunjic resulted in a free-kick for Nigeria in a dangerous area. From the set-piece, Nigeria failed to test the Bosnian goalie.
75' - Bosnia got yet another chance to equalise but Pjanic's attempt from outside the box failed to create ripples.
74' - Nigeria SUB: Michel Babatunde finally out, replaced by Ejike Uzoenyi.
73' - Bosnia took their corner and got a chance. But it stayed only a chance.
72' - Babatunde once again required medical attention as he pulled up trying to reach a ball. Certainly not happy with the time wasted, Bosnia goalie Begovic arrived in the scene an pulled the lifted the injured player outside the field as the fourth referee looked on.
70' - Nigeria defenders are chocking the Bosnia supply line. And marshalling every move is Onazi. In one such play, he thwarted a Bosnia build-up and went onto provide a delivery inside the Bosnia half.
69' - Babatunde, after receiving medical attention, got up and entered the play with the referee's approval.
66' - Edin Dzeko got at least three defenders onto him as he tried to make a killing of the decent chance following a through ball from the centre. Thanks to the obstruction, or man-marking, the shot ended up in a trickle.
65' - Nigeria SUB: Ahmed Musa replaced by Shola Ameobi. And soon Ameobi hit the target with a crossfrom the right.
64' - Bosnia SUB: Haris Medunjanin replaced by Tino Susic. Bosnia have exhausted all three substitutes with 25 minutes or so in to the final whistle.
62' - After a brief foray into Nigeria half, Bosnia once again lost the possession.
61' - From a extended control in the Bosnia half, both Babatunde and Emenike got a chance each to increase the lead, and earned a corner.
60' - Nigerian players are rolling the ball in an area just outside the Bosnia goalmouth. And they are taking the pride in doing so.
59' - Bosnia SUB: Senad Lulic replaced by Sejad Salihovic.
58' - After a brief play, in which Bosnia got a chance from outside of the Nigeria box, Nigeria controlled the match.
57' - Bosnia SUB: Izet Hajrovic replaced by Vedad Ibisevic.
56' - Emenike, following an excellent run all by himself, waited for team-mates inside the Bosnia box, from where he rolled back the ball to Onazi. But Onazi's attempt was far from satisfactory.
55' - From the counter, Nigeria got an attempt saved by Begovic as Babatunde's shot found the target.
54' - Mujdza had a good run inside the Nigerian box, the follow up play robed him of a great chance.
53' - Nonetheless, Bosnians are pressng hard, using the width of the field, through their wingers.
51' - A slow, pathetic play in the centre as players from both the sides gave away easy balls. In the few moments , the game has been reduced to a padestrian one.
50' - Musa was robed by two Bosnia players on the flanks, and from there the Europeans created a move, but ended with a listless kick from Dzeko.
48' - Pjanic and Dzeko combined again in front of the Nigeria box, then after few passes, the ball was released towards the left side for Hajrovic to make cross inside the box. Nothing worthwhile happened after the move.
47' - Bosnia had another enterprising move with Mujdza delivering a beautiful cross from the right flank. Dzeko, who was waiting for the feed, couldn't control his header.
46' - Bosnia started in the right earnest, with Pjanic releasing a sweet through ball, before it was blocked by a Nigerian defender.
The two teams are separated by that excellent Peter Odemwingie goal at the half-hour mark. Both the teams have created enough goal-scoring chances. Any other day, the scoreline will be different.
One talking point will be that of disallowed Edin Dzeko goal.
HALF-TIME: Nigeria 1 - 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
45+2' - And without much action, break time arrived.
45+1' - One minute ADDED.
44' - Dzeko got an excellent chance to find the equaliser, but he failed to hit the target from the Pjanic minus inside the Nigeria box.
43' - The following play produced a Bosnian throw-in, and thanks to the it, got the ball delivered to Dzeko, who was inside the Nigeria half.
42' - Nigeria won a throw-in as a cross-field pass from right to left, found a Bosnian player heading the ball out of play.
41' - Medunjanin got an opportunity on the break, which was cut short with a header from a Nicgerian player.
40' - Musa continued to lead the Nigerian attack from the front. But his drive was comfortably saved by Begovic.
38' - Babatunde took the corner kick, but an alert defending cleared the ball to safety.
37' - Emenike, up on his feet, involved in yet another creative move in the Bosnia half.
35' - Emmanuel Emenike received medical attention.
33' -Edin Dzeko got an opportunity to head, but his attempt failed to beat Enyeama under the bar.
29' - Nigeria GOAL!! Odemwingie needed to just slot home the ball after a dominating run from Emenike. Bosnia players are not happy, claimed Emenike had fouled one of their players in the run-up to the goal.
27' - Pjanic got an attempt, but the story so far, has been that of the ball failing to hit the target.
25' - From a counter, Onazi and Mikel played few one-twos before the former taking a shot, which went off the radar.
24' - Just when Bosnia players were following up from that Dzeko attempt, Nigeria got a goal-scoring chance. Good, fast game on display here.
23' - Then, Dzeko completed a pacey run with a kick from outside the box, which was saved by Enyeama.
22' - Bosnia, on their part, found Hajrovic taking a well directed attempt from just outside the box. But Enyeama, as usual was in his spot.
21' - From the goal-kick, Nigeria... again through Musa, got another opportunity to open the scoring. Yet..., the score remains nil.
20' - On the break, Dzeko found the back of the net. But the assistant referee had already raised the flag. It was one poaching.
19' - Musa continued with his attempts. This time, it was one soft shot on the target, as Begovic collected without much ado.
17' - Musa was indeed shirt-pulled. From a throw-in. Nigeria briefly toyed with the idea of an attack. But soon, Bosnia got the opportunity for a counter attack, and won a corner. But nothing worthwhile happened from it.
16' - Mussa waited for the referee decision, as he was seemingly pulled down in the pursuit to a high ball, juts outside the Bosnia box.
15' - In these 15 minutes, Nigeria are the better side in both offensive and defending. In yet another essay inside the Bosnia half, Nigeria almost dissected the defence.
14' - Moments later, Onazi got a sight on the ball, which was collected by Begovic, diving onto his left.
13' - Lulic with the throw in for Bosnia. But from a misdirected pass, Nigeria launched an attack from the left flank, with Mikel crossing. But one of the three players up front, was caught off-side.
12' - Nigeria are certainly enjoying an extended possession.
11' - After a good build up involving Musa and Odemwingie, Mikel got the opportunity to strike. But his shot missed the target, inches from the right post.
9' - Musa, on the other side of the field, failed to reach to the ball as an interprising start from Nigeria left ruing.
8' - Besic attempted a drive from the edge of the Nigeria box, but his kick sailed over the bar.
7' - Peter Odemwingie's attempt just missed the target by a whisker. After collecting the ball, a concern-looking Begovic yelled at his team-mates.
5' - Yellow Card for Misimovic as the Bosnia midfielder brought down Musa on the run. Free-kick in a dangerous area.
4' - Pjanic caught off-side from a Dzeko delivery. From the Nigeria goal-kick, Bosnia won the ball back. From after few exchange, the ball went of play from the Bosnia goal-line.
3' - African champions won the first corner of the match following a Mikel delivery, which was kept in play for a while just outside the Bosnia box. From the set-piece play, Nigeria got a clear shot on the goal, but it went over the bar.
2' - Dzeko, after winning the ball in the centre, waited for a release from the right flank. But the ball never arrived in the Nigeria box.
1' - Nigeria started the match with the first kick from the centre. And quickly found a good opening in the Bosbia half.
Nigeria are in an all green and Bosnia in all white uniform for today's match.
Customary national anthems ceremony completed.
Peter O' Leary from New Zealand will officiate the match.
Nigeria XI: 1 - Enyeama; 5 - Ambrose, 13 - Oshaniwa, 2 - Yobo, 22 - Omeruo; 10 - Mikel, 17 - Onazi; 18 - Babatunde, 8 - Odemwingie, 7 - Musa; 9 - Emenike
SUBS: 16 - Ejide, 3 - Uzoenyi, 4 - Gabriel, 6 - Egwuekwe, 11 - Moses, 12 - Odunlami, 15 - Azeez, 19 - Nwofor, 20 - Uchebo, 23 - Ameobi, 21 - Agbim
Bosnia-Herzegovina XI: 1 - Begovic; 13 - Mujdza, 15 - Sunjic, 4 - Spahic, 16 -Lulic: 7 - Besic, 18 - Medunjanin, 8 - Pjanic; 20 - Hajrovic, 11 - Dzeko, 10 - Misimovic
SUBS: 12 - Fejzic, 2 - Vrsajevic, 3 - Bicakcic, 5 - Kolasinac, 6 - Vranjes, 9- Ibisevic, 14 - Susic, 17 - Ibricic, 19 - Visca, 21 - Hadzic, 23 - Salihovic, 22 -Avdukic
Welcome to our coverage of this Group F encounter between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Both teams have played one match each and Nigeria are placed above Bosnia in the table courtesy their draw with Iran. Bosnia had a tough first World Cup game against Argentina and they gave a good account of themselves.
Nigeria have big problems coming into this match due to injury. Godfrey Oboabona has been ruled out due to an ankle injury, while Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and Reuben Gabriel may not win their race against time to be fit for this encounter. Stephen Keshi definitely has a lot on his plate before this very important match.
Safet Susic has no such problems to deal with. Bosnia will come into this match with utmost confidence after a tremendous performance against Argentina. This is a must win match for them, as a defeat will see them crash out of the tournament. Edin Dzeko will be the major threat for Nigeria up front.