June 25, 2014 4:03 pm
Updated: June 25, 2014 5:22 pm

WORLD CUP: Iran’s hopes of advancing dashed with loss to Bosnia


ABOVE: Iranian fans watching at home remained generally cheerful with the overall performance of the national side even after their elimination from the World Cup

SALVADOR, Brazil – Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages at the World Cup with a 3-1 victory in Group F on Wednesday.

Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a low shot from 20 yards (meters), deflecting in off the post.

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Miralem Pjanic made it 2-0 in the 53rd with an angled shot from inside the box.

Reza Ghoochannejhad gave some hope to the Iranians with a tap-in goal in the 81st, but Avdija Vrsaljevic replied immediately with his low shot from the edge of the area to restore the two-goal buffer.

Iran needed a win to have any chance of advancing. The Bosnians were already out of contention at their first World Cup following consecutive losses to Argentina and Nigeria.


Group F final standings, 2014 World Cup

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