African Cup holders Nigeria won 1-0 dark horses Bosnia & Herzegovina, sending the World Cup debutants out of the finals in Brazil.

Even though the narrow victory, the game could have gone in a different way if Edin Dzeko's goal was not incorrectly ruled out for offside shortly before Peter Odemwingie struck the only goal in the game.

The game started quickly with both teams playing attacking football, looking for open spaces and there wasn't a dominant side in the first 15 minutes. Yet in the 22nd minute Bosnia made a great attack and after a good build-up Zvjezdan Misimovic played a slick through ball to Edin Dzeko, who put into the net past Vincent Enyeama.

The Bosnians were celebrating when they saw the flag was up for offside and the goal was ruled out. The controversy involving the referees popped up again when replays showed Dzeko was clearly onside.

Just a few minutes later Nigeria started an attack with striker Emmanuel Emenike going down the right wing past Senad Lulic, cutting the ball back to Peter Odemwingie, who opened the scoring in the match.

The Dragons were furiously protesting, claiming Emenike held back Lulic, but nothing was said by the referees and the goal stood, giving Nigeria the lead.

Dzeko missed a fine chance to level the sides just before half-time and this was all for the first-half at the Arena Pantanal.

In the second-half, Nigeria dropped deeper, clearly protecting their fragile lead, while Bosnia went out with two strikers, looking for the comeback.

Firstly, Vedad Ibisevic missed a great opportunity from a corner, despite given acres of space, sending the ball over.

Then Bosnia continued to dominate and created a lot of chances and could have overturned the game in injury-time if Dzeko scored at least one.

The Manchester City striker shot straight at Enyeama after a corner and a few moments later managed to chest down a high ball, turned and unleashed a deadly shot, destined for goal, but again Enyeama saved his team with.

Bosnia deserved at least a point from the game, but Nigeria came out winners, putting themselves with a great chances for going into the last 16 and sending a lot of sad Bosnians back to Europe.

As things stand in Group F, favorites Argentina lead with six points, with Nigeria behind them with four, Iran third with a single point and Bosnia & Herzegovina last, and eliminated with no points to show from two matches.

With Argentina playing Nigeria and Iran facing Bosnia, Iran will need a victory and a favour from Messi and co. to slightly surprisingly book their place in the last 16.

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