Bosnia defeats Iran 3-1, as both teams bow out

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Bosnia-Herzegovina's forward Edin Dzeko heads home his side's first goal against Iran

Bosnia-Herzegovina's forward Edin Dzeko heads home his side's first goal against Iran
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s forward Edin Dzeko heads home his side’s first goal against Iran

Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran’s World Cup knockout hopes by beating the Asians 3-1 in Salvador on Wednesday.

Goals from Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic restored some pride after a hugely disappointing tournament for the Bosnians, whose elimination had already been confirmed following defeats to Argentina and Nigeria.

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Iran, for whom Reza Ghoochannejad scored, needed to win the Group G game and hope Nigeria lost to Argentina in Porto Alegre, which they did 3-2, to maintain their hopes of reaching the last 16.