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World Cup: Bosnia-Hercegovina 3-1 Iran

Bosnia's Miralem Pjanic celebrates scoring with team-mate Tino Sven Susic

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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

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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

Match ends, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3, Iran 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran).

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

Foul by Kirim Ansarifard (Iran).

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

Corner, Iran. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.

Booking

Kirim Ansarifard (Iran) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).

Foul by Avdija Vrsajevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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

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.

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.

Corner, Iran. Conceded by Edin Dzeko.

Corner, Iran. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Sejad Salihovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pejman Montazeri (Iran).

Substitution

Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sejad Salihovic replaces Tino Susic.

Offside, Iran. Mehrdad Pooladi tries a through ball, but Kirim Ansarifard is caught offside.

Booking

Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Pejman Montazeri (Iran) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tino Susic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic following a corner.

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Mehrdad Pooladi.

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

Foul by Reza Ghoochannejhad (Iran).

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

Hand ball by Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Foul by Ognjen Vranjes (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Iran. Kirim Ansarifard replaces Ashkan Dejagah.

Foul by Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Ashkan Dejagah (Iran) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

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1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

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1Colombia330079
2Greece3111-24
3Ivory Coast3102-13
4Japan3012-41

D

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1Costa Rica321037
2Uruguay320106
3Italy3102-13
4England3012-21

E

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1France321067
2Switzerland320116
3Ecuador311104
4Honduras3003-70

F

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1Argentina330039
2Nigeria311104
3Bos-Herze310203
4Iran3012-31

G

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1Germany211044
2USA211014
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal2011-41

H

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1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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