Bosnia-Herzegovina ended their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign on a high note after recording their first ever World Cup victory as they wrecked Iran’s hopes to advance to the last 16 after they thrashed the side 3-1 at the Arena Fonte Nova on Wednesday. The Princes of Persia join the Bosnians who finished rock bottom of Group F, in being knocked out of the tournament as Argentina and Nigeria progress to the next round. The Iranians started the match defensively, waiting to counter attack their opponents, but the wall showed a crack when Edin Dzeko called Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi into action in the 20th minute.
Dzeko opened the scoring when the Dragons man found a space in the Iran defence on the border of the penalty area before sliding the ball past Haghighi into the net. Iran was heaved out of its defensive shield instantly and Masoud Shojaei booted his attempt against Bosnia’s crossbar from inside the box with no luck to hit the back of the net. The Europeans had to survive early Iranian pressure after half-time but Miralem Pjanic doubled Bosnia’s lead in the 53rd minute making 2-0.
Iran’s single goal came through Reza Ghoochannejhad with a tap-in goal in the 81st minute but, Bosnia’s Avdija Vrsaljevic replied immediately with his low shot from the edge of the area to seal the match with a 3-1 win. Carlos Queiroz’s men needed a win in order to have any chance to advance to the last 16, meanwhile Bosnia-Herzegovina were already out of the competition.