Nigeria's first WC win since '98
Cuiaba - Bosnia-Hercegovina's
maiden appearance at a World Cup finals has ended in disappointment as
Peter Odemwingie's goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat by African
champions Nigeria in Cuiaba and ensured they could not qualify for the
second round.Nigeria's win, their first at a World Cup finals since 1998, leaves them as favourites to join Argentina in the second round.
As it happened: Nigeria vs Bosnia
are on six points after beating Iran 1-0 earlier on Saturday to leave
the Iranians on a point while the Nigerians are on four points.
play Argentina in their final group game on Thursday -- the Africans
have lost all three times they have previously played the South American
side in the group stages, losing 1-0 on the last occasion in 2010.
were a completely different team to the one that had barely got out of a
Sunday morning stroll in the 0-0 draw with Iran.
always looked a threat and it was he who created the goal, as he burst
down the right and engaged in a race for the ball with veteran Bosnian
skipper Emir Spahic, who tried vainly to obstruct the Nigerian.
the central defender had completely misjudged the situation as Emineke
went the opposite side and outpaced him to collect the ball before
unselfishly squaring it to Peter Odemwingie, with the Stoke City striker
tucking the ball away.
Bosnia had little to offer, though they
could claim that they had been robbed of a goal as Edin Dzeko put the
ball past Vincent Enyeama, but it was wrongly ruled out for offside.
though, could have stolen a point at the death when he rose to meet a
corner but his downward header was straight at Enyeama, who gratefully
The Manchester City striker went even closer in time
added on as his shot from inside the area beat Enyeama but cannoned
back off the post.
The referee whistled for fulltime shortly after
that with the Bosnians collapsing to the ground in despair and the
Nigerians jumping for joy as they -- after the Ghanaians drew with
Germany earlier on Saturday -- restored pride to the African challenge
at the finals.