Bosnia and Herzegovina Vs Nigeria, Group F - Live Score

SUNDAY 22ND JUNE - 3:30AM (LOCAL) | ARENA PANTANAL, CUIABA

Nigeria: The Golden Eagles are in red hot form and come into the tournament at the back of an African Nations cup win last year. Stephen Keshis men will love to put up a strong showing in Brazil to erase the memories of a disastrous world cup showing in South Africa. With players like Jon Obi Mikel and Emmanuel Emenike in good form, a place in the knock out stage looks realistic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only debutant at the 2014 World Cup. Despite a team sprinkled with players from big leagues and spearheaded by Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, there are concerns over the Dragons could suffer from first-time nerves. Many believe they have already achieved a lot by playing in the finals but Bosnian have set their hearts on upsetting the big boys of international football.

Head-to-Head

The two sides are meeting for the first time.

Commentary

(168 Mins)

There will be three minutes of added time.

(165 Mins)

Nigeria are stationed in numbers in front of their goal. Misimovic attempts a shot from the edge of the box, but he gets it all wrong and the ball bounces straight off his standing foot. It just hasnt gone for them this evening.

(162 Mins)

Bosnia are doing everything to get the ball into the oppositions penalty area, but it just isnt falling for them in the final third. Pjanic tries flicking the ball through to Dzeko, but his pass is blocked with ease by the Nigerian defence. Minutes left.

(160 Mins)

John Obi Mikel is the second player to be booked by referee Peter OLeary this evening. He brought down one of the Bosnian defenders as they looked to break up the pitch.

(157 Mins)

Nigeria are ten minutes away from earning their first World Cup win in 16 years. They have improved massively since their first game against Iran earlier in the week.

(154 Mins)

Replays have shown that Ibisevics header in fact came off his shoulder. That explains why he skewed it over the bar.

(152 Mins)

Bosnia know that time is running out, and theyre starting to get more desperate in the final third. They winner a corner on the left, and Vedad Ibisevic comes within inches of bringing his side level. The striker was unmarked at the front post, but could only send his header over the bar. He really should have scored.

(151 Mins)

Babatunde is indeed replaced, with Ejike Uzoenyi coming on instead. There are 15 minutes left.

(149 Mins)

Michael Babatunde is down with what looks like a game-ending injury. The Nigerian pulled out of a challenge and immediately signalled to the bench that he needed to come off.

(147 Mins)

Play is distinctly slower now than it was at the start of the match, and the challenges are getting increasingly clumsy. Its 27 degrees on the field at present.

(144 Mins)

Ibisevic spins brilliantly to lose his marker in the middle of the box, but his shot is blocked before it can trouble Vincent Enyeama. The Nigerian keeper does well to chase down the loose ball and prevents it going out for a corner.

(143 Mins)

The longer the game goes on, the less Bosnia seem to pose a threat up front. The humid conditions are clearly favouring the African side.

(141 Mins)

The fourth official is being kept busier than the referee. Nigeria make their first substitution, exchanging Ahmed Musa for the fresher Shola Ameobi.

(140 Mins)

Last roll of the dice for Bosnia. Tino Susic has 25 minutes to make an impact. He replaces Haris Medunjanin.

(138 Mins)

Big chance for Nigeria! Its that man Emenike again, whose shot from the edge of the six-yard box is turned past the post by Asmir Begovic. Bosnias keeper is keeping his side in it right now.

(136 Mins)

Emir Spahic is having a nightmare up against Emmanuel Emenike. The Bosnian cant cope with the strikers pace or strength, again letting the Nigerian race past him in the box. Its a complete mismatch at the moment.

(135 Mins)

Bosnia make their second substitution in as many minutes. Sejad Salihovic is on for Senad Lulic.

(133 Mins)

Nearly an hour into the game, and we have our first change. Izet Hajrovic is withdrawn and replaced by Vedad Ibisevic. An attacking move by coach Safet Susic.

(131 Mins)

A few statistics for you. Both sides have had ten shots on goal, although Bosnia are seeing much more of the ball. They have registered 58% of the possession so far.

(129 Mins)

Izet Hajrovic brings the ball forward for Bosnia but is forced wide by the Nigerian defence. Apart from Dzeko, the men in white have struggled to get in amongst the oppositions back four.

(127 Mins)

Musa is down clutching the side of his head, but the game continues. Its not clear how the Nigerian picked up the knock, although he gingerly manages to get back on his feet and catch up with play. How odd.

(123 Mins)

Positive start for Bosnia. Edin Dzeko is on the end of another cross, but he gets the timing of his volley wrong and spoons the ball onto the roof of the net. Vincent Enyeama was very careful to make sure that shot was going over.

(122 Mins)

Were back underway. No changes for either side at half-time, although Vedad Ibisevic has spent all of the interval warming up on the pitch.

(120 Mins)

The last time Bosnia lost successive matches was in 2009, when they suffered three defeats on the spin to Spain and then Portugal. They have 45 minutes to stop that run coming to an end.

(116 Mins)

Although Nigerias fans have come out dressed in large swathes of green and white in support of their team tonight, weve also seen a heavy presence of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. In April, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic militant group Boko Haram.

(113 Mins)

Emmanuel Emenike, though, was arguably the best player on the pitch in the first period. Hes had a number of shots saved by Asmir Begovic, and provided the assist as teammate Peter Odeminwige opened the scoring.

(110 Mins)

The first half has turned on the fortunes of two strikers. Edin Dzeko should have put Bosnia in front with a legitimate goal that was wrongly ruled out for offside.

(108 Mins)

The teams head for the dressing rooms. As it stands, Bosnia are heading out of the competition and Nigeria are taking a huge step towards the next round.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia

(107 Mins)

There will be one minute of added time.

(104 Mins)

Chance for Bosnia! Miralem Pjanic bursts forward before cutting the ball back for Edin Dzeko. The striker snaps at the shot with his back to goal, sending the ball over soaring over the bar. Unlucky.

(103 Mins)

Only a few minutes of the half left. Bosnia need to score at least once, as defeat will send them out of the tournament this evening...

(101 Mins)

Emenike is down briefly, although its not clear why. Both sets of players use the break in play to take on some fluids. It does look rather humid on the pitch this evening.

(98 Mins)

Emenike is creating a lot of opportunities down the right-hand channel up front. He powers forward again, only for his cross to be blocked by Toni Sunjic. Thats a corner for Nigeria, but they fail to create anything from it.

(95 Mins)

The momentum has swung again, and the African champions are now in the ascendency. Odemwingies goal was the first of his sides World Cup campaign. They scored fewer goals than any other side that qualified for the tournament in Brazil, netting just 11 times.

(92 Mins)

Bosnia should have taken the lead a few minutes ago, but they now find themselves 1-0 down in Arena Pantanal. No doubt theyll be having words with the officials at half-time.

(90 Mins)

Bosnias dominance in the last few minutes is wiped out, and Nigeria take the lead. Emmanuel Emenike sprints past his marker on the right and cuts the ball back to Peter Odemwingie, who fires a tidy shot through the legs of Asmir Begovic and into the net.

(89 Mins)

Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia (Peter Odemwingie)

(88 Mins)

Bosnia have found their feet, and are beginning to assert themselves on this game. Miralem Pjanic is pulling the strings for the Baltic side, as expected.

(85 Mins)

Another chance for Dzeko! Its an identical move to the one Bosnia nearly went ahead from, with Dzeko sneaking through Nigerias back four. This time though, his shot doesnt get past Vincent Enyema. Great stop.

(81 Mins)

Edin Dzeko is played through on goal, and the Manchester City forward blasts the ball past Vincent Enyeama and into the net. But wait! The linesman has flagged for offside and the goal doesnt stand. Dzeko doesnt complain about the decision, but replays show that he should have done: he was level with the last man when the ball was played to him. Poor decision

(79 Mins)

Bosnia have a corner. Its curled in, and the ball eventually falls to Zvjezdan Misimovic, whose arched shot drifts harmlessly past the post. Could have done much better with that.

(77 Mins)

The tempo has just died down a little as the two sides settle into their rhythm. The Super Eagles have had most of the possession so far, although Bosnia have shown that they are more than capable of breaking quickly.

(74 Mins)

Asmir Begovic has been busy in the first few minutes. Ogenyi Onazi hits a speculative shot from distance, but the Premier League keeper saves well. Nigeria are looking more dangerous than they did in their first game against Iran five days ago.

(73 Mins)

Nigeria are battling for their first win at a World Cup finals since they beat Bulgaria in 1998. Their winless streak of nine games is the longest of any team that made it to Brazil.

(70 Mins)

Its end to end stuff at the moment. Both teams are seeing a lot of the ball in the final third and neither defence looks particularly solid at the moment.

(69 Mins)

Haris Medunjanin is the first person in the book this evening. Emir Spahic plays an incredibly sloppy ball right into the path of Emmanuel Emenike, who Medunjanin then brings down. Perhaps a yellow was preferable to letting the striker through on goal...

(62 Mins)

Its a bright start to the game. Both sides look motivated tonight, and the fans are making plenty of noise in the stands despite a smattering of empty seats in certain parts of the ground.

(60 Mins)

Nigeria are in all green, Bosnia in all white. And were off!

(57 Mins)

Both sides appear to be lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation this evening. That’s especially surprising for the European side, who have left Vedad Ibisevic on the bench and started with Edin Dzeko up front on his own. That might be a big gamble, considering how many goals the pair scored together in qualifying for the tournament.

(57 Mins)

A couple of milestones to mention: as well as this being the first time Nigeria and Bosnia have faced each other, this fixture is also the 800th World Cup finals match. Historic.

(55 Mins)

Bosnia Starting XI: Begovic, Spehic, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Dzeko, Mujdza, Sunjik, Lulic, Meunjanin, Hajrovic.

(55 Mins)

Nigeria Starting XI: Enyema, Yobo, Ambrose, Musa, Odemwingie, Emenike, Mikel, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Babatunde, Omeruo.

(54 Mins)

Bosnia, meanwhile, will be looking to avoid their first consecutive defeats under coach Safet Susic. As the only team making their debut at the World Cup finals, they will have to rely on something other than tournament experience to bounce back from their opening loss to Argentina in the Maracana.

(51 Mins)

Nigeria go into today’s game with a cloud hanging over their nation, after 21 people were killed by a bomb in Damaturo whilst watching Brazil’s game against Mexico. The squad reportedly held a minute’s silence prior to a training session upon hearing about the attack.

(50 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the earlier game in Group F, Lionel Messi scored in stoppage time to prevent a spirited Iranian side from earning a deserved point in Rio De Janeiro. The goal also confirmed Argentina’s place in the last 16. Let’s hope we have as much drama this evening at Arena Pantanal.

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