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World Cup: Bosnia-Hercegovina 3-1 Iran

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
Highlights: Bosnia 3-1 Iran

Iran's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16 ended as they lost to already-eliminated Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Carlos Queiroz's Iran side could have progressed to the second round with a win but their hopes were dented when Edin Dzeko gave the Bosnians a deserved lead with a crisp shot from 25 yards.

Roma's Miralem Pjanic slid home a second after the break.

Reza Ghoochannejad pulled one back but Avdija Vrsajevic sealed it to give Bosnia their first World Cup win.

Their first ever victory in a major tournament at least gives the Bosnians something to show for their efforts in Brazil.

Safet Susic's side were knocked out before Wednesday's match after narrow defeats by Argentina and Nigeria in their opening two games, but had created enough chances to have taken something from both games.

Dzeko's well-taken goal against the Iranians was scant consolation for the Manchester City forward after he had an effort ruled out incorrectly against Nigeria when the score was 0-0, and subsequently missed a number of opportunities to get his side back in to that game.

His 23rd-minute strike was little more than the Bosnians deserved after a positive start in which the City man had twice forced saves from Iran's Alireza Haghighi.

With the Iranians needing to win and hope Nigeria lost if they were to progress, they went on the attack immediately and Masoud Shojaei saw his shot come back off the crossbar less than a minute after Bosnia had scored.

It would have been their first goal in a World Cup finals since a 1-1 draw with Angola in 2006, but the half ended with Susic's side looking more likely to be the next team on the scoresheet.

Edin Dzeko scores pinpoint drive for Bosnia

They made it 2-0 with just under an hour gone when Iran conceded possession needlessly 40 yards from goal and Tino Susic moved forward before sliding through to the marginally offside Pjanic, who finished coolly into the corner.

Iran - under the management of former Manchester United coach Queiroz for the final time - pulled themselves back into it when Ghoochannejhad tapped home at the back post after Bosnia failed to clear a corner but any hopes of a comeback were short-lived.

Almost immediately after the restart, Sejad Salihovic played full-back Vrsajevic through on goal and he showed composure to score his first international goal.

It ensured that Iran have now gone out at the group stage in all four of their World Cup campaigns.

Bosnia coach Safet Susic: "The win against Iran is scant consolation, but I congratulate my players for a display of commitment and passion against a team needing a win to keep alive their hopes of progressing.

"We lacked experience and cool heads at crucial moments in the opening two games but I cannot complain about effort. That's just football."

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz: "The best team of the group did not qualify, Bosnia showed they have great players, great team with a lot of experience.

"Today they raised their levels and when that happened they gave us no chance.

"My players went to the limit of our mental capabilities, fitness and I'm very proud, very, very proud."

Edin Dzeko's shot goes beyond the despairing dive of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi was unable to get a hand on Dzeko's low drive
Iran fans
Iran's fans travelled in hope of seeing their side record just their second win in a World Cup finals
Avdija Vrsajevic
Hadjuk Split man Vrsajevic's winning goal was his first for his national side

Line-ups

Bos-Herze

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Vrsajevic
  • 5Kolasinac
  • 21HadzicSubstituted forVranjesat 61'minutes
  • 15Sunjic
  • 4Spahic
  • 7BesicBooked at 77mins
  • 8Pjanic
  • 9Ibisevic
  • 11DzekoSubstituted forViscaat 84'minutes
  • 14SusicSubstituted forSalihovicat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bicakcic
  • 6Vranjes
  • 10Misimovic
  • 12Fejzic
  • 13Mujdza
  • 16Lulic
  • 17Ibricic
  • 18Medunjanin
  • 19Visca
  • 20Hajrovic
  • 22Avdukic
  • 23Salihovic

Iran

  • 12Haghighi
  • 15Montazeri
  • 23Pooladi
  • 6Nekounam
  • 4Hosseini
  • 5Sadeqi
  • 7ShojaeiSubstituted forHeydariat 45'minutes
  • 14Teymourian
  • 16Ghoochannejhad
  • 3HajsafiSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 63'minutes
  • 21DejagahSubstituted forAnsarifardat 68'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ahmadi
  • 2Heydari
  • 8Haghighi
  • 9Jahanbakhsh
  • 10Ansarifard
  • 11Haddadifar
  • 13Mahini
  • 17Alnameh
  • 18Rahmani
  • 19Beikzadeh
  • 20Beitashour
  • 22Davari
Referee:
Carlos Velasco Carballo
Attendance:
48,011

Match Stats

Home TeamBos-HerzeAway TeamIran
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3, Iran 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3, Iran 1.

  3. Post update

    Ognjen Vranjes (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran).

  5. Post update

    Ognjen Vranjes (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kirim Ansarifard (Iran).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Edin Visca (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emir Spahic.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Iran. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.

  9. Booking

    Kirim Ansarifard (Iran) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Avdija Vrsajevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

  13. Post update

    Mehrdad Pooladi (Iran) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Edin Visca replaces Edin Dzeko.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

  16. Post update

    Javad Nekounam (Iran) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Bosnia and Herzegovina 3, Iran 1. Avdija Vrsajevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sejad Salihovic.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Bosnia and Herzegovina 2, Iran 1. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javad Nekounam with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Iran. Conceded by Edin Dzeko.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Iran. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32107257
2Mexico32104137
3Croatia31026603
4Cameroon300319-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands330010379
2Chile32015326
3Spain310247-33
4Australia300339-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33009279
2Greece311124-24
3Ivory Coast310245-13
4Japan301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica32104137
2Uruguay32014406
3Italy310223-13
4England301224-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32108267
2Switzerland32017616
3Ecuador31113304
4Honduras300318-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina33006339
2Nigeria31113304
3Bos-Herze31024403
4Iran301214-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany21106244
2USA21104314
3Ghana201134-11
4Portugal201126-41

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22003126
2Algeria21015413
3Russia201112-11
4South Korea201135-21
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