World Cup 2014: Nigeria v Bosnia-Hercegovina

NIG 1 – 0 BIH: I am so disappointed with Bosnia-Hercegovina. After showing great promise in their opening World Cup fixture against Argentina, in which they pushed the South Americans all the way with an astute tactical performance that deserved more than the defeat they eventually suffered, they looked all over the place here against a Nigerian side who fully deserved the three points. Blasé and nonchalant at times the Europeans looked a completely different side that threatened to be a strong force in this group after the defeat to Argentina. Saying that the game changed on a horrendous decision from the linesman who incorrectly ruled a clinical Edin Džeko strike offside after a lovely through ball from Miralem Pjanić had found the Manchester City striker’s excellent run in behind the Nigerian line. Minutes later aggressive attacking play from Emmanuel Emenike saw his cut back from the byline find Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie who steered the ball past his club mate Asmir Begović to put the Africans ahead. Fenerbahçe’s Emenike has impressed me so far in this tournament. Starting his career at a club in Nigeria where he had to walk an hour and a half to and from training, he made his name first in South Africa and then at Spartak Moscow where he scored twenty-one goals in his only season with the Russian side. Being almost convicted for match fixing at Fenerbahçe two years ago, Emenike has shrugged off the controversy surrounding him and his goals were the main reason behind Nigeria’s African Nations Cup win last year. He is proving his worth in this tournament so far and could be the difference in seeing the Super Eagles past Argentina in their final game in the group. Bosnia-Hercegovina know that if they beat Iran in their final game and Argentina thrash Nigeria they can still make the knockout stages. Second spot is up for grabs in Group F…

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