by Farid Abbas
Yesterday, Nigeria defeated Bosnia making it the country’s first World Cup win since 1998. The match scores which ended as 1-0, left the Europeans bottom of Group F still without a point from their first World Cup adventure and no longer able to progress to the last 16.
The match played at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba saw Peter Odemwingie scoring the only goal in the 29th minute, giving Nigeria a victory which lifted them to second place in the group with four points, behind already-qualified Argentina who have six.
Odemwingie, the Stoke City forward, shot the ball into the net after a good work by Emmanuel Emenike, who had been a constant threat to the Bosnian defence all through the game.
The goal came 7 minutes after Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.
Nigeria face Argentina in their final group game on Wednesday, needing a point to guarantee advancing. Third-placed Iran, with one point, take on the Bosnians needing nothing less than a win to stand any chance of displacing Nigeria and making it to the last 16.
Argentina is currently topping the Group F table with 6 points, while Nigeria is second with 4 points. Iran is third with 1 point, while Bosnia-Herzegovina are at the bottom of the table with no point.