Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 Iran: Man City forward helps secure win

Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 - 1 Iran

  • 23" Edin Dzeko
  • 59" Miralem Pjanic
  • 82" Reza Ghoochannejhad
  • 83" Avdija Vrsajevic

Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Attendance: 48,011

Bosnia Fans

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko scored an excellent low drilled finish as Bosnia and Herzegovina end Iran's World Cup hope beating them 3-1.

With Iran still very much in the World Cup all the pressure was on them heading into their final group game. They had to win no matter what, Bosnia and Herzegovina meanwhile were already knocked out of the World Cup they could play without any thoughts elsewhere. They did however have a sense of personal pride to fulfil by trying to win at least one game at the World Cup.

Bosnia and Herzegovina definitely started the brighter of the two putting a lot more pressure on Iran’s defence. In truth not much happened in the first 20 minutes, but then Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko fizzed in a superb low strike into the bottom right of the goal.

Masoud Shojaei went close with a near instant reply clattering the bar for Iran but then both sides seemed to calm down for the rest of the half.

14 minutes after half-time Bosnia and Herzegovina seemed to have secured their victory when A.S Roma’s Miralem Pjanic scored a brilliantly taken goal after latching onto a Dzeko pass.

Iran just didn’t look lively enough, and for most of the second half there was a very contained measure about the play. Although in the 79th minute, Reza Ghoochannejhad tapped in a low drilled cross by Javad Nekounam to make it an interesting finish.

However Iran’s fires were literally extinguished as soon as they were lit as less than a minute later Avdija Vrsajevic ran into the opposing box and smashes his finish in off the far post.

It ended Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1, Iran never looked in it from the start and Bosnia-Herzegovina finish above them in 3rd, but will still be disappointed to have not qualified in this group.

Statistics

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iran

Possession

65.7%
34.3%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Emir Spahic
  • Avdija Vrsajevic
  • Toni Sunjic
  • Sead Kolasinac
  • Miralem Pjanic
  • Anel Hadzic
  • Tino Susic
  • Muhamed Besic
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Vedad Ibisevic

Substitutes

  • Senad Lulic
  • Sejad Salihovic
  • Asmir Avdukic
  • Ognjen Vranjes
  • Jasmin Fejzic
  • Haris Medunjanin
  • Mensur Mujdza
  • Edin Visca
  • Ermin Bicakcic
  • Senijad Ibricic
  • Zvjezdan Misimovic
  • Izet Hajrovic

Iran

  • Alireza Haghighi
  • Mehrdad Pooladi
  • Pejman Montazeri
  • Amir Hossein Sadeqi
  • Jalal Hosseini
  • Ashkan Dejagah
  • Ehsan Hajsafi
  • Andranik Teymourian
  • Masoud Shojaei
  • Javad Nekounam
  • Reza Ghoochannejhad

Substitutes

  • Steven Beitashour
  • Rahman Ahmadi
  • Khosro Heydari
  • Hossein Mahini
  • Kirim Ansarifard
  • Ahmad Alnameh
  • Hashem Beikzadeh
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh
  • Ghasem Haddadifar
  • Bakhtiar Rahmani
  • Daniel Davari
  • Reza Haghighi

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