Edin Dzeko bagged a brace against an Ivory Coast side missing plenty of key pieces.

Game on: Lineups and talking points as Nigeria takes on Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nigeria comes into today’s Group F match one point ahead of Bosnia and Heregovina, but the Super Eagles are in a worse situation than their cellar-dwelling foes. Coming off a 0-0 draw with Iran, Stephen Keshi’s team wasted its best chance to claim points at this World Cup. While that doesn’t preclude them from pulling an upset going forward, it does means their patch to the knockout round runs uphill.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina, the points column may read “0”, but their plans are still in tact. After a loss against Argentina to open their tournament, the World Cup debutants have their two easiest games in front of them. Win them both, and Safet Sušić’s team makes the final 16.

Here are the teams for today’s 3:00 p.m. Eastern kickoff in Cuiabá.

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Starting lineups

Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Yobo, Omeruo; Mikel, Onazi; Musa, Odemwingie, Babatunde; Enemike

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Begovic; Mujdza, Blcakcic, Spahic, Sunjic; Pjanic, Besic; Medunjanin, Misimovic, Lulic; Dezko

Talking points

1. For Bosnia and Herzegovina, it starts now –  Sušić wouldn’t have come to Brazil without a plan to get out of Group F without points against Argentina. In that sense, the real challenge for Bosnia starts now. After a close game playing as decided underdogs, they’ll play their next 180 minutes as favorites. If they can avoid playing down to their competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina can earn themselves a fourth game. That journey starts now.

2. Different game for the Super Eagles – In their opener against Iran, Nigeria was allowed to control possession. Although they never broke through, the Super Eagles’ defense were given most of the day off. Against Bosnia, however, Nigeria could end up on the wrong end of the possession battle, forcing them to play an entirely different game. Given how game one ended, that may not be a bad thing.

Expectation: There’s always a lot of love for African teams, particularly from a generation of fans who saw Cameroon exit in the quarterfinals of Italy 1990. As a result, some hold out hopes that Nigeria can get past a Bosnia side with almost no World Cup experience. More broadly, however, the Bosnians are expected to get through.

One blogger’s prediction: Bosnia breaks through in the first, adds insurance in the second, and ties a bow on it late. 3-0 to the favorites.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.