Well it’s been a lively start to Wednesday, as some of the world’s best made the score sheet early. As it stands, Iran will not only pick up their first ever loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina — giving BNH its first World Cup win — but miss the knockout round due a draw between Argentina and Nigeria.
Messi, my goodness.
Argentina 1-1 Nigeria
3′ – Lionel Messi officially makes Group F’s second spot open for competition as he buries a rebound into the upper part of the net. Argentina, 1-0
4′ – Ahmed Musa wastes no time responding, as the 21-year-old CSKA Moscow player walks in from the left of goal to bury one. 1-1.
45+1′ – There’s only one Lionel Messi. A gorgeous, bending free kick past the wall from 25 out restores Argentina’s lead and Iran’s hope.
16′ – If Nigeria get through, someone needs to buy Vincent Enyeama’s meals for the rest of the tournament. The Nigerian keeper is perhaps the only reason outside of Musa’s goal that the nation may still go through.
31′ – Argentina continues to pressure as it’s done all day but Rojo heads wide off a strong cross.
Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Ambrose, Musa, Odemwingie, Emenike, Mikel, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Babatunde, Omeruo
Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Mascherano, Rojo, Fernandez, Aguero
Iran 0-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
23′ – Edin Dzeko gets BNH on the board with a low, cross-body shot from the top of the 18. It’s a gorgeous goal from the Manchester City man, and puts Iran in a bad spot. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0.
2′ – Iran probably deserved a penalty kick for an awkward takedown of Ashkan Dejagah in the box.
24′ – And Iran nearly counters! A Shojaei shot from just beyond the penalty spot rattles off the bottom of the bar, and the picture perfect rebound is butchered.
Iran: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Pooladi, Nekounam, Dejagah
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Begovic, Vrsajevic, Kolasinac, Hadzic, Sunjic, Spahic, Besic, Pjanic, Ibisevic, Dzeko, Susic