Nigeria v Bosnia Ratings: Manchester City man wasteful, Stoke duo impress

Edin Dzeko Bosnia

Edin Dzeko's Bosnia & Herzegovina side were knocked out of the World Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria. Here's how the Premier League stars involved performed...

Nigeria

John Obi Mikel - 7/10

Usually better - or at least better-received - for his country, John Obi Mikel produced another astute midfield display for Nigeria, as his side put themselves on the brink of qualification to the knockout stages. Mikel & co. were, at times, overrun in central areas - but worked to limit the Bosnians as much as they could, especially in the second half, when they calmly ran the clock down whenever they could.

  Interceptions WonTackles WonAccurate PassesTouchesMins
John Obi Mikel 2 2 48 70 90

Peter Odemwingie - 8/10

A striker's main job is always to score goals, meaning Stoke City's Peter Odemwingie can only be judged to have had a good game during Nigeria's 1-0 win. The 32-year-old scored the first-half winner, finishing coolly after being played in by Emmanuel Emenike, and provided a constant threat for his side going forward. Odemwingie could be found wanting defensively but, considering his side got the clean sheet, Nigeria's match-winner cannot take too much flak for that.

  GoalsSuccessful DribblesSuccessful Final-Third PassesAccurate CrossesMins
Peter Odemwingie 1 2 15 1 90

Shola Ameobi - 6/10

A long-time servant at Newcastle United, the well-travelled veteran came on in the second half and fulfilled his duties of holding the ball up and ensuring the clock ticked down with as little Bosnian involvement as possible. The 32-year-old did not produce any moments of magic but did what he has been doing for 14 years at St James' Park - providing a stable, steady presence when needed.

  Aerial Duels WonWas FouledSuccessful Final-Third PassesTouchesMins
Shola Ameobi 1 1 3 16 25

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Asmir Begovic - 8/10

Beaten at his near post for Odemwingie's goal, Asmir Begovic will be disappointed to have finished on the losing side in this Group F clash. Even for the winner, Begovic could not have done too much more, while the experienced Stoke goalkeeper proved increasingly vital for his side as the game wore on. With several saves to his name against the Nigerians, Begovic is unlucky he won't be seeing any more World Cup action beyond the group stage.

  SavesSaves In boxDiving SavesTotal High ClaimsMins
Asmir Begovic 8 2 5 1 90

Edin Dzeko - 5/10

By far and away his side's key man, Manchester City striker Dzeko disappointed for his country on the night they needed him most. An important fact to keep in mind is that the 28-year-old did score for Bosnia - and perfectly within the rules. Dzeko was wrongly ruled out for offside, however, and was left to rue what could have been.

But, instead of refocusing his efforts, Dzeko proved extremely wasteful, missing a number of chances for his side, including the moment he hit the post in the final minute of the game. Arguably, even if his first-half 'goal' had stood, Nigeria's energetic performance would have earned them at least a point, anyway. That point could have been crucial for the Bosnians - but it wasn't to be on a frustrating night for Dzeko & co.

  Shots On TargetShots Off TargetAerial Duels WonAerial Duels LostSuccessful DribblesMins
Edin Dzeko 4 4 2 4 0 90

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