Brazil 2014 World Cup | Nigeria vs. Bos-Herce

As I round off another almost-energetic night, I will use this live blog feed as the final match of the night unfolds and soon draws to a close. As always, I will use BBC Sport to copy football commentators quotes into this blog feed, plus my own thoughts on the match as well :-).

Nigeria 1-0 BosHerce

 

…and we have kick off!!! Let’s hope the last match of the night draws an almost-energetic day to an outstanding close :-)!!!

Andy Cryer: “They are under way in Cuiaba in a match that is crucial for both sides’s hopes of qualifying for the next round. Bosnia know defeat will knock them out of the tournament with a game still to play.”

Jamie, via text: Twenty years ago the likes of Iran, Ghana and Costa Rica would have been thrashed by the likes of Argentina, Germany and Italy. The world game has come a long way, and as an England fan with little else to cheer for, I’m grateful for it! Brilliant.

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

What for you has been the best moment of technical skill at this World Cup?

Adee: Has to be the Tim Cahill volley vs Holland.

Oliver James: Van Persie’s header against Spain has to be up there.

Andy Cryer: “Nigeria start on the front foot but Ogenyi Onazi spoons a shot horribly wide from 25 yards. A good start by the Super Eagles though. At the other end Miralem Pjanic is caught offside as he sprints through the Nigeria defence. Roma midfielder Pjanic is a key cog for Bosnia. When he plays well, they play well. Crude from Bosnia’s Haris Medunjanin on Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian has the beating of his defender and Medunjanin has little option but to drag him down. A deserved yellow card. Peter Odemwingie curls the resulting free kick inches wide with goalkeeper and Stoke City team mate Asmir Begovic struggling to get there.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

LaMotta: Mikel gotta stay on Pjanic like glue.

Jorge Bronze: Pjanic is such a lovely player to watch. Real grace and skill. Like watching Kaka years ago.

Andy Cryer: “End-to-end in the opening minutes. Bosnia’s youngest-ever international Muhamed Besic scoops a shot over the bar from 20 yards.”

Gary Linker (BBC Sport): “Did I just witness a forward pass from John Obi Mikel?”

Andy Cryer: “Now, now Gary, two passes, both complete for Mikel so far. Ahmed Musa is causing Bosnia plenty of problems on Nigeria’s right. His pass across goal finds John Mikel Obi, who fires a low shot inches past the post.”

Former England Winger Chris Waddle: “Lucky enough for Bosnia, Nigeria, as in the last game against Iran, have been woeful in the final third. I don’t know how much longer the African team can keep this pace up though.”

Nigeria
Credit: BBC Sport and Chris Waddle

BBC World Service football reporter John Bennett on Twitter: Odemwingie definitely adding more zip and energy to Nigeria in these early stages.

Andy Cryer: “Nigeria are well on top in the early stages with Bosnia struggling to get their foot on the ball. Michael Babatunde again tests goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from distance, but is easy for the Stoke man. Nigeria need to improve in the final third.”

Chris Waddle: “At the minute, Bosnia are getting overrun in midfield and are playing too slow. The manager though won’t be afraid to change it.”

Former Republic of Ireland Winger Kevin Kilbane: “Nigeria look the better team – they are much more positive. Odemwingie has been very bright, coming inside looking for one-twos with Emenike and Musa.”

Andy Cryer: “If you want a clue as to how much Bosnia are struggling to get their attacking game going, lone striker Edin Dzeko has managed just six touches in the opening 20 minutes. That’s how much.”

Karl, via text: I love Emir Spahic. Always got a huge smile on his face. And he looks the spitting image of Muse singer Matt Bellamy.

DISALLOWED GOAL!!! DEFINITELY NOT HAPPY, AND THAT WAS SUCH A GOOD GOAL!!!

Chris Waddle: “We’re at a World Cup and in what league does he referee in? New Zealand. Thank you very much. That would have taken one second on a replay to say ‘goal’.”

Kevin Kilbane: “It was wonderful vision from Pjanic, he immediately got his head up to pick out Dzeko. Really poor decision.”

Andy Cryer: “Dzeko has suddenly burst into the life. He shows brilliant movement to spin behind Nigeria’s defence but, with Vincent Enyeama to beat from 16 yards, his shot is parried away by the goalkeeper. A stunning through ball by Miralem Pjanic and great pace from Dzeko. Signs Bosnia are finding their feet in the game.”

HAHAHA WOOHOO!!!!!!!! NIGERIA JUST SCORED!!! (ODEMWINGIE – 29′)

Chris Waddle: “I thought Spahic the captain was fouled. The ball is pushed past him and when I see a replay, it’s actually not a free-kick and a good finish by Odemwingie – side-footed, through the goalkeeper.”

Kevin Kilbane: “Emenike just wanted it more than Spahic. He outmuscled him, recognising he had the pace to beat him one on one. No foul from Emenike for me. If anything Spahic tried to foul Emenike.”

Andy Cryer: “The average age of the Super Eagles’ squad is 25, making them the second youngest in Brazil, behind Ghana. There were fears the pressure would get to them, especially after their opening draw with Iran, but those fears have been quelled in this first half. Nigeria have been terrific. Edin Dzeko will feel he should do better as the ball is fired across to him from the right. The Manchester City man is stretching to get his head on the ball from close range and his little flick is easy for goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. A difficult chance, but we’ve seen Dzeko put them in. CSKA’s Moscow Ahmed Musa is proving a real threat for Nigeria. This time his jinking run ends with a low shot turned away by Asmir Begovic. Bosnia will be glad to get to half time just a goal down. They need to regroup with their World Cup place in jeopardy. If this result stays as it is, they are out.”

BBC World Service reporter John Bennett: “Peter Odemwingie was only recalled to the Nigeria squad just before the World Cup after nearly two years out of the side and he missed out on winning the Africa Cup of Nations, so scoring tonight will be a massive moment for him. They call Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi, “the big boss” and he has had a few big fall-outs with the Stoke striker over the years. Odemwingie seemed to want to celebrate with Keshi after the goal so it seems that all is forgiven.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Chris Ramsey: The entire Honduras squad for giving an exhibition of the perfect Sunday League tackle in their first two games!

Steve Ramage: Lovely through ball from Gerrard to Suarez.

Maria: I have developed the best technique, I can eat a whole dinner without taking my eyes off the screen by memorising the plate.

Andy Cryer: “Bosnia still seem adamant they should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to Nigeria’s opening goal. You can have a look for yourself by watching the goal again with a simple click on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.”

John Bennett: “There are 1062 reasons Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama will be confident of keeping a clean sheet tonight. Last season with Lille Enyeama went that many minutes without conceding a goal, almost beating the French top flight record. He’s already made a couple of important stops and over the last 18 months has proved himself to be one of the best keepers Africa has ever produced. Edin Dzeko faces a massive challenge to beat the Super Eagles keeper.”

Andy Cryer: “Nigeria have scored for only the fifth time in their last eight World Cup games. And Peter Odemwingie has ended their nine-hour drought without scoring from open play at a World Cup finals. Edin Dzeko fires a shot over the bar from inside the area after a good run and cross on the right from Miralem Pjanic. The striker has had a few decent opportunities but the only one he had his radar on for, was harshly ruled out for offside. A warning shot for Nigeria. Dzeko is again off target as the seconds countdown before the break. If he keeps getting in the right areas, you feel he won’t keep missing them.”

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! NOW THIS FINAL HALF OF THE NIGHT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING INDEED, AS IT’S A BATTLE FOR BOTH TEAMS TO SEE WHO WILL QUALIFY.

Andy Cryer: “Bosnia striker Vedad Ibisevic, who came off the bench to score his country’s first ever World Cup goal in their opening defeat to Argentina, spent most of half time warming up. It won’t be long before he joins fray if things stay the same. Edin Dzeko totally mis-hits a difficult volley. The ball is sent skywards, comes down with snow on, and lands on top of the net with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama looking a tad worried. If Bosnia do get back into the game you can’t help but feel Miralem Pjanic will be at the heart of it. The Roma midfielder is so composed on the ball and always looks as though he has got time. He just needs his team mates to give him a bit more help. “

Anon, via text: Miralem dancing around the Nigeria defence. Pjanic at the disco?

Andy Cryer: “Nine Bosnian squad members played for different countries at youth level before changing allegiance. Nigeria have been non existent as an attacking force at the start of the second half. Surely they can’t afford to park the bus already? They can if Bosnia continue to look so flat. Good save low down from Asmir Begovic as Michael Babatunde sends a shot in from 18 yards. A disappointing start to the half with neither side looking particularly interested. Bosnia coach Safet Susci has seen enough. He brings off midfielder Izet Hajrovic and brings on striker Vedad Ibisevic. Sejad Salihovic is also on for Senad Lulic.”

Chris Waddle: “I cant believe how Nigeria have come out in the second half. They look absolutely flat. If Bosnia had any real quality they would be back in this game but the final ball lets them down time and again. The conditions are playing their part. Both teams are struggling with the heat. It’s very difficult.” 

Andy Cryer: “Bosnia now have plenty of goal threat on the field. In Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic they have the second and third top scorers in European World Cup qualifying. Can they provide the ammunition for them? At the moment it is Nigeria on the attack though and only some fine goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic keeps Bosnia in it. First he saves well from Michael Babatunde’s shot from 25 yards before reacting brilliantly to block Emmanuel Emenike’s close-range strike with his feet.”

Fiona, via text: As a neutral watching this game I’m not too fussed about the result, but as a Stoke fan I’m watching and hoping that neither Begovic or Odemwingie pick up a knock.

Andy Cryer: “Manchester City fans will know Edin Dzeko is one of those players who can be hit or miss. So far this evening, he has been very much miss. Once again his touch lets down after Miralem Pjanic’s through ball. Bosnia make their final substitution, bringing on Tino Susic for Haris Medunjanin. Nigeria also make a change with former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi on for Ahmed Musa. Now, a free agent, is this the shop window Shola has been waiting for?”

Kevin Kilbane: “Edin Dzeko has struggled when the ball has been played into him, he has conceded possession a number of times.”

Edin Dzeko
Credit: BBC Sport and Kevin Kilbane

Andy Cryer: “Bosnia need to get a bit of oomph into their game. You wouldn’t think they are just 20 minutes away from being knocked out of the World Cup. Nigeria are being allowed to coast to victory at the moment and they aren’t playing very well themselves. Joseph Yobo deals well with Edin Dzeko’s glancing header as he diverts the ball back to his goalkeeper. Dzeko really is having a match to forget. Still it only takes a split second to become a hero.”

Chris Waddle: “Whichever of these sides get through – and it looks like one of them will come second – you wouldn’t mind playing them in the second round.”

Andy Cryer: “At least goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is showing a bit of urgency. He attempts to roll Nigeria’s Michael Babatunde off the pitch, as he lies close to the touchline injured. Big chance for Vedad Ibisevic as he rises to meet a Bosnia corner but he heads over from close range. I hate to say it, but he has to score from there. Michael Babatunde can’t continue and is replaced by Ejike Uzoenyi. Just 15 minutes for Nigeria to hold on and, at the moment, it looks all too comfortable for them. Easy for Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Muhamed Besic breaks from defence before passing to Miralem Pjanic. Bosnia’s playmaker cuts inside but his low shot is gratefully gathered by the keeper. Nigeria are just 13 minutes away from their first World Cup win for 16 years. “

Michael Babatunde
Credit: BBC Sport

Chris Waddle: “We can see a number of the Bosnia players walking to the dug-outs in this stoppage. They are gasping for the water. It’s easy to say ‘why aren’t they running?’ But you’ve got to experience playing in these conditions to know how hard it is.”

Kevin Kilbane: “Bosnia will look at that offside decision against Dzeko in the first half but they have struggled since. It has become easier and easier for Nigeria to defend their attacks.”

Andy Cryer: “Bosnia look as though their race is run. They look absolutely shattered but need to find some energy from somewhere if they aren’t going to exit the World Cup with a game of the group stages still to go. It is Nigeria attacking and Asmir Begovic has to be alert to parry away Ogeni Onazi’s 25-yard shot. Emmanuel Emenike has been a constant threat for Nigeria and he is inches away from sealing victory for his side. His low shot is just wide of the post with Asmir Begovic floundering. Nigeria are looking the more likely scorers as Bosnia continue to get caught on the break. Only some desperate defending stops Emmanuel Emenike from getting a shot on goal.”

FULL TIME, WHAT A BRILLIANT DAY IT HAS BEEN FOR ALL OF US AND ALL THE TEAMS THAT PLAYED. LATER ON TODAY, I WILL BE PUBLISHING A BLOG POST BASED ON THE FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER CLASSIC, R-TYPE DELTA, AND I WILL ALSO PUBLISH MORE BLOG FEEDS BASED ON THE WORLD CUP MATCHES COMING UP. THE FIXTURES ON THIS BLOG WILL ALSO BE UPDATED IN ACCORDANCE TO THE MATCHES THAT FINISH.

THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UPDATED TO THIS BLOG FEED AS THE MATCH UNFOLDED.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

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