The Bosnians have done alright in this tournament. It’s their first ever World Cup so I don’t think we need to be too harsh on them about the fact that they didn’t qualify to the knockout stages. Their qualification and success really revolved around one player, to be honest… Edin Dzeko, star English Premier League player and winner (of the league) with Manchester City. He’s just one man though, and despite a country’s valiant efforts to use him to the best of his abilities,  the Bosnians could not do enough over their three group stage matches to secure themselves a place in the last 16.

Their group was never going to be easy to qualify from with Argentina in it (it was always expected that they would get the first position in the group and everyone else would have to fight it out for the second place spot).

The Nigerians had managed to do better since their goalless draw with Iran, going on to beat Bosnia 1-0 and then scoring two against Argentina who had to score three to beat Nigeria 3-2 but the 4 points they gained from those games would ultimately, be what qualified the Africans ahead of the Bosnians, who despite winning this game against Iran only ended with 3 points from their 3 group stage games.

The Iranians were never expected to qualify from this group. They literally only have one star player… Fulham’s Ashkan Dejagah. But he’s not even as good a goalscorer as Dzeko and his country have been a part of some boring and dull games in this World Cup including the awful goalless draw with Nigeria.

In their entire footballing history, Iran have NEVER gotten past the group stage of the World Cup. It really will take more than one player to get them further in a tournament that boasts some of the best teams and players in the World competing against one another.

Edin Dzeko would open the scoring in this game with an accurately placed shot to the far right corner of the goal. The goalkeeper never stood a chance. 1-0 to the Bosnians with 23 minutes played, but there would be no more goals in the first half and it would be after half time when we saw the next goal of the game.

Vrsajevic scores his first ever goal for his country

Vrsajevic scores his first ever goal for his country

Roma’s Miralem Pjanic would slide home a second almost at the hour mark (60 minutes) and then in the 82nd minute Reza Ghoochannejad pulled one back for the Iranians (making it 2-1) but Avdija Vrsajevic would spoil any hopes they had of a comeback for a possible 2-2 draw when only one minute later when in the 83rd minute, he scored the final goal of the game.  

KEY PLAYERS: Reza Ghoochannejad would perform well enough to be the one who’d score Iran’s only goal of the game.

Edin Dzeko would start the victory for his country as he scored the first goal of the game but unfortunately his country only have 3 points from this tournament and will not qualify for the last 16.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

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