Nigeria won its first victory in a FIFA World Cup since 1998, eliminating Bosnia and Herzegovina from their first ever tournament. With a goal scored by Odemwingie in the first half, Nigeria beat Bosnia by 1-0 in the Pantanal Arena in Cuiabá and took an important step towards qualification for the knockout stage. The last time Nigeria had won a match in the World Cup was in France, in 1998 (1-0 against Bulgaria).
The Africans now have four points in Group F, two less than leader Argentina. Iran has one point and can still qualify. The Bosnians, however, exit the tournament in the group stage with this defeat.
The decisive round of Group F happens on Wednesday (25 June). Argentina and Nigeria duel at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre at 1 PM while Iran challenges Bosnia at the Nova Arena Fonte, in Salvador, at the same time.
The game was full of opportunities, with lots of deliveries on the attack by both teams. Nigeria shot 20 times, 13 on target, while Bosnia attempted 18 times, 10 of which in the right direction. The clash also had few fouls: only nine by Nigeria and seven by Bosnia.