Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal to give Nigeria a victory that means World Cup debutants Bosnia-Hercegovina will not progress from Group F.

The Stoke forward struck in the first half to give Nigeria their first win at a World Cup finals since 1998.

The goal came just seven minutes after Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.

Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie scores against Bosnia-Hercegovina

Nigeria will reach the knockout stages if they get a point against Argentina, or if Iran fail to beat Bosnia.

Odemwingie's decisive strike came just a month after he returned to the Nigeria squad following a two-year absence caused by a dispute with coach Stephen Keshi.

Knowing they needed a win to stay in their first World Cup finals, Bosnia attacked from the start but were vulnerable in defence, with Odemwingie, John Mikel Obi and Michael Babatunde all squandering early chances for Nigeria.

Bosnia briefly thought they had taken the lead when Dzeko latched onto a pass from Miralem Pjanic, but the Manchester City forward was denied by an offside flag, though replays suggested he had timed his run well.

The Super Eagles made the most of the let-off as Emmanuel Emenike powered past Emir Spahic on the right before finding Odemwingie, who shot through the legs of his Stoke team-mate Asmir Begovic to score.

Analysis

"Dzeko will look at this game and probably think he could have saved his side their place in the World Cup."

Pjanic stood out with a string of perceptive passes, but Dzeko in particular could not capitalise on the Roma midfielder's fine work, spurning more opportunities before half-time.

Nigeria absorbed Bosnian pressure early in the second half, but they counter attacked effectively and came close to going further ahead when Babatunde and Emenike forced saves from Begovic in quick succession.

Bosnia continued to press, but substitute Vedad Ibisevic, who came off the bench to score in the defeat by Argentina, wasted a chance to equalise when he bundled a cross wide despite finding space in the area.

And, with seconds of injury time remaining, Dzeko scuffed a shot which Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama deflected onto the post and away to safety.

Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie: "It's been 16 years with no victory for our fans. We had to work hard for this - they are a quality team.

"We are happy to bounce back after what people thought was a poor performance in the first game. It was very important to win.

"From now on we're looking upwards. Hopefully these three points will get us through to the second round."

Bosnia-Hercegovina coach Safet Susic: "I don't have any recriminations. They are all depressed, disappointed, silent.

"They surprised us with their speed and movement. They wanted to win probably that much more than us.

"I was told there was no offside. But this is not the first or last refereeing mistake, not just at the World Cup or elsewhere."

Nigeria's John Mikel Obi.

The first half contained 19 shots in total, including this free kick from John Mikel Obi.

Victor Enyeama

Nigeria keeper Victor Enyeama diverted a late Edin Dzeko effort onto the post.

Nigeria players Kenneth Omeruo (C) and Juwon Oshaniwa (R)

Nigeria's victory, their first in the World Cup finals in 10 outings, put the Super Eagles on the verge of the last 16.

Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko had eight shots, but failed to score from any of them

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Nigeria

  • 01 Enyeama
  • 05 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 13 Oshaniwa
  • 10 Mikel Booked
  • 02 Yobo
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 08 Odemwingie
  • 17 Onazi
  • 09 Emenike
  • 18 Babatunde (Uzoenyi - 75' )
  • 07 Musa (Ameobi - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Uzoenyi
  • 04 Gabriel
  • 06 Egwuekwe
  • 11 Moses
  • 12 Odunlami
  • 15 Azeez
  • 16 Ejide
  • 19 Nwofor
  • 20 Uchebo
  • 21 Agbim
  • 23 Ameobi

Bosnia-Hercegovina

  • 01 Begovic
  • 13 Mujdza
  • 16 Lulic (Salihovic - 58' )
  • 07 Besic
  • 15 Sunjic
  • 04 Spahic
  • 20 Hajrovic (Ibisevic - 57' )
  • 18 Medunjanin Booked (Susic - 64' )
  • 11 Dzeko
  • 08 Pjanic
  • 10 Misimovic

Substitutes

  • 02 Vrsajevic
  • 03 Bicakcic
  • 05 Kolasinac
  • 06 Vranjes
  • 09 Ibisevic
  • 12 Fejzic
  • 14 Susic
  • 17 Ibricic
  • 19 Visca
  • 21 Hadzic
  • 22 Avdukic
  • 23 Salihovic
Ref: Peter O'Leary
Att: 40,499

Match Stats

Shots

20 20

On target

9 7

Corners

4 4

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nigeria 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nigeria 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

90:00 +2:25

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

90:00 +1:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:05

Delay in match Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) because of an injury.

90:00 +0:23

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

90:00 +0:19

Attempt blocked. Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vedad Ibisevic.

90:00 +0:03

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

89:56

Attempt blocked. Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a headed pass.

89:11

Attempt missed. Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

88:15

Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:15

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Nigeria).

86:17

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

86:17

Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:06

Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:06

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Nigeria).

82:23

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

81:59

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mensur Mujdza.

80:57 Booking

Booking John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:52

Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:52

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

80:41

Attempt saved. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

80:08

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

80:08

Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:18

Attempt missed. Ejike Uzoenyi (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

77:27

Foul by Toni Sunjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

77:27

Shola Ameobi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:19

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

74:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nigeria. Ejike Uzoenyi replaces Michel Babatunde because of an injury.

73:51

Attempt missed. Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Zvjezdan Misimovic with a cross following a corner.

73:33

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

73:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:20

Delay in match Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) because of an injury.

71:01

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sejad Salihovic with a cross.

68:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:13

Delay in match Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) because of an injury.

67:55

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:55

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

67:11

Foul by Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

67:11

Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:29

Attempt blocked. Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Zvjezdan Misimovic.

64:54

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

64:52

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.

64:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nigeria. Shola Ameobi replaces Ahmed Musa.

63:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tino Susic replaces Haris Medunjanin.

62:36

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:40

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

60:38

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

60:24

Attempt saved. Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

58:16

Offside, Nigeria. Ahmed Musa tries a through ball, but Michel Babatunde is caught offside.

57:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sejad Salihovic replaces Senad Lulic.

57:24

Foul by Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

57:24

Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vedad Ibisevic replaces Izet Hajrovic.

55:57

Attempt missed. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

55:51

Attempt blocked. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

55:24

Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:24

Foul by Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria).

54:42

Attempt saved. Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Efe Ambrose.

51:55

Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:55

Foul by Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria).

46:59

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mensur Mujdza with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Nigeria 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nigeria 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

45:00 +0:28

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Senad Lulic.

45:00 +0:02

Offside, Nigeria. Efe Ambrose tries a through ball, but Ahmed Musa is caught offside.

44:15

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

39:21

Attempt missed. Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Izet Hajrovic.

38:05

Attempt saved. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:28

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Toni Sunjic.

37:25

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Efe Ambrose.

36:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:20

Delay in match Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) because of an injury.

32:58

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin with a through ball.

32:04

Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

28:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nigeria 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

27:06

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin.

26:13

Attempt missed. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

23:26

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Vincent Enyeama.

23:23

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin with a through ball.

22:17

Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

21:02

Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:02

Foul by Ahmed Musa (Nigeria).

20:09

Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zvjezdan Misimovic tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

19:25

Attempt saved. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

18:32

Attempt missed. Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

17:59

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

15:20

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

15:20

Michel Babatunde (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:08

Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:08

Foul by Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria).

13:38

Attempt saved. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:50

Offside, Nigeria. John Obi Mikel tries a through ball, but Michel Babatunde is caught offside.

10:30

Attempt missed. John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ogenyi Onazi.

9:23

Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:23

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

7:28

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

6:31

Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

5:33 Booking

Booking Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

5:30

Foul by Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

5:30

Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:44

Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Haris Medunjanin tries a through ball, but Miralem Pjanic is caught offside.

2:46

Attempt missed. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

2:09

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Toni Sunjic.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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