By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 22, 2014
Much like Group A, Group F at the 2014 World Cup has one team that’s almost a lock to win the group before the tournament even begins while the other three teams battle it out for second place, with Argentina being a heavy favorite to win its three group matches. That leaves Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria fighting for second place in the group. Here’s a prediction of how each match will end in Group F.
The Bosnians get a rude welcoming in their first ever World Cup match by having to play Lionel Messi and Argentina. Bosnia has no shortage of confidence coming into the match, believing they can play with the South American powerhouse, but crisp passing from Messi and company picks Bosnia apart and leads to an easy 3-0 win.
The Super Eagles come flying out of the gate, as their three matches in the Confederations Cup last summer help them feel right at home in Brazil. John Obi Mikel shines for Nigeria, as they look quite confident and comfortable in a convincing win over Iran that could have been far worse than 2-0.
Iran has some hope after only trailing 2-1 at halftime, but the Iranian defenses falls apart in the second half, leading to a rather lopsided result.
This is a competitive match from start to finish, and things ultimately get a bit heated, as both sides have a handful of players receiving yellow cards. But in the end, Nigeria is too fast for Bosnia and burns them on the counter attack in the 75th minute for the game-winning goal.
Knowing they are already through to the knockout stage, Nigeria is more than happy to take their foot off the gas and rest some of their regulars. Meanwhile, Argentina is just rounding into form and looks sharp in yet another convincing victory.
Neither side has anything to play for, but the Bosnians show a lot of pride and find a way to end their first World Cup appearance on a positive note.
As expected, Argentina dominates Group F, winning all three of its matches with 11 goals scored and one conceded. Nigeria also advances to the knockout stage after winning its first two games, getting out of the group stage for the first time since 1998. Meanwhile, Bosnia-Herzegovina heads home early from its first World Cup with three points, and Iran loses all three matches and looks like the worst of the 32 teams participating.
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