Bosnia Wins Its First-Ever World Cup Match

Bosnia defeats Iran 3-1 in its last group stage match. The World Cup is over for both teams. Argentina and Nigeria will advance from Group F.

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Bosnia wins! It holds on to defeat Iran, 3-1. It’s the first ever World Cup win for Bosnia. After today, both teams are going home. Iran needed a win today to have a chance to advance.

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Bosnia comes right back and scores. 3-1.

Iran scores to cut Bosnia’s lead to 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the first goal for Iran in the World Cup. It’s still unlikely it’ll get the win. But Iran will not leave Brazil without a goal.

Bosnia now very much on the verge of its first ever World Cup win. Still leading Iran 2-0 late in the second half.

Iran’s Andranik Teymourian reacts after Bosnia goes up 2-0 in the second half. AP

Miralem Pjanic puts Bosnia up by two and dashes Iran’s World Cup dreams. Unless Iran can pull off a miracle, it will be eliminated today with the loss.

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Iran’s troubles finding the back of the net continue. They’re going to have to score twice in the second half and get the win or their World Cup is over.

Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad volleys a shot. AP

Update elsewhere: Nigeria evened it early in the second half, then Argentina came right back to score again. 3-2. Here’s the third Argentina goal.

Argentina and Lionel Messi doing their job, up 2-1 on Nigeria. Iran still needs a win to advance from the group over Nigeria, though. Here’s Messi’s second goal on the day.

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Bosnia leads Iran 1-0 at the half. Iran’s World Cup future hangs in the balance as it needs a win today to advance. Here’s the goal off the foot of Edin Dzeko that gave Bosnia the lead.

And a goal by Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko. They go up 1-0 in the 24th minute.

Bosnia’s Vedad Ibisevic wanted a foul in the penalty area, but he doesn’t get the call. Iran and Bosnia still locked at 0-0, 20 minutes in.

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Iran and Bosnia locked at 0-0 in the 15th minute of the first half. Nothing but defense in this game so far.

Iran’s Ashkan Dejagah fights for the ball with Bosnia’s Anel Hadzic AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Nigeria quickly answers two minutes later. 1-1. Iran needs an Argentina win in this match to have a chance to advance.

We’re underway. 0-0 early in the first half. In the other Group F match, Lionel Messi has already put Argentina up 1-0 on Nigeria. That is a very good thing for Iran.

What’s at stake: Iran heads into Wednesday’s match vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina with a chance to advance to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in team history.

To advance, Iran needs to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina and get some help from Argentina. Here are the possible scenarios:

If Nigeria beats Argentina, Iran is out, regardless of if it beats Bosnia-Hergovina.

If Iran beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 and Nigeria loses to Argentina 1-0, the teams tie on points and goal differential and a COIN TOSS will decide who moves on.

Best course of action for Iran today: Score a lot of goals.

Here are the standings in Group F going into today’s final group stage game for Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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