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Bosnia defeats Iran at World Cup

Cape Times

Edin Dzeko weighed in with a first-half goal as Bosnia-Hercegovina knocked Iran out of the World Cup with a 3-1 win in Salvador yesterday.

Iran had needed to beat Bosnia and hope Nigeria lost to Argentina to keep alive faint hopes of reaching the last 16, but Carlos Queiroz's side came up well short in the Group F clash.

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Iran's Pejman Montazeri, left, and Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic battle for the ball during a group F World Cup soccer match between Bosnia and Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)Iran's Reza Ghoochannejhad shoots the ball during the group F World Cup soccer match between Bosnia and Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)Bosnia's Sead Kolasinac, left, and Iran's Ashkan Dejagah chase the ball during the group F World Cup soccer match between Bosnia and Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Iran forward Reza Ghoochannejhad, right, scores past Bosnia goalie Asmir Begovic as Bosnia midfielder Senad Lulic looks on during the second half of a group F World Cup soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

A powerful strike by Manchester City star Dzeko gave Bosnia an early lead before Miralem Pjanic added a second just before the hour to settle a relatively dull affair at Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova.

The game burst into life in the final minutes as Iran striker Reza Ghoochannejad netted his side's first goal of Brazil 2014, but Bosnia replied immediately with an Avdija Vrsajevic goal.

SAPA - AFP

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