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End of the Road: Bosnia-Herzegovina on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Bosnia-Herzegovina on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Third place, Group stage

(Featured Image: Bosnia-Herzegovina players | Source: FIFA)


Bosnia and Herzegovina embarked on their 2014 FIFA World Cup journey with their expectations at the minimum. Being the only debutants in the tournament, they were the least pressured side among the 32 entrants. Although they were not able to qualify for the Round of 16, Zlatni ljiljani exited the competition with their heads held high.


Bosnia-Herzegovina scored four goals and conceded another four in all their three matches in the first round, although a controversial goal from Dzeko would have made a significant difference. They opened their campaign with a fixture against Argentina, where they lost 2-1 following an own goal by Sead Kolasinac and a second-half effort by Leo Messi. Vedad Ibisevic scored a consolation late in the tourney. In their match against Nigeria, Edin Džeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed for being offside, and a few minutes later, Nigeria scored to thrash the Europeans on a clean sheet—a result that largely angered the side, their supporters, and everyone else affected.


Their final fixture was their saving glory, not for a possible Round of 16 seeding (already ruled out toward their second match) but for ending their World Cup journey with a victory. The side dominated over Asian leaders Iran, pulling off three goals while conceding only one. This led them to rank in the table’s third spot—good enough for a maiden campaign.


With their names forever be remembered for scoring in the World Cup, Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic, and Avdija Vrsajevic should expect a good career ahead—maybe not in the World Cup, but in national leagues where their service would be gladly accepted. The players would be much better in the next edition of FIFA’s most important football competition, in case they qualify again.


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