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.