Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1: Dzeko ends World Cup on a positive note as Iranians blow chance

Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1: Dzeko ends World Cup on a positive note as Iranians blow chance

Bosnia-Herzegovina recorded their first FIFA World Cup win with a 3-1 triumph over Iran that also saw their opponents exit the tournament.

With their fate already sealed after defeats to Argentina and Nigeria, Bosnia played with freedom and made history as goals from Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic saw them collect their first points at the showpiece.

The result also ended Iran’s stay in Brazil, as they finished last in Group F with just one point from three matches.

Carlos Queiroz’s side needed to beat Bosnia and hope Argentina defeated Nigeria, but saw their slim chances of progression end in Salvador on Wednesday.

Dzeko broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a well-placed low strike from 25 yards, and Pjanic doubled their lead a minute before the hour.

Reza Ghoochannejad gave Iran a lifeline with eight minutes left, tapping in from close range, but Vrsajevic responded within 60 seconds for Bosnia, scoring an excellent angled finish.

The result means Nigeria – who were beaten 3-2 by Argentina – progress to the last 16 with Alejandro Sabella’s side.

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