The Bosnia-Herzegovina National Team has support from all corners of the globe, and they all have to feel absolutely sick after being eliminated in disheartening fashion following a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.
They came out incredibly strong, launching well-orchestrated attacks; it was quite clear they were going to break through at some point. And they did — so it seemed.
On one of their skillful attacks, Edin Dzeko was fed a well-found pass and put the ball into the back of the net for what should have been a 1-0 lead. However, the assistant referee saw it differently, calling Dzeko offside.
Upon further review, he was clearly onside, but nothing could change what had already happened.
A mere couple of minutes later, Nigeria broke through behind the brilliance of Emmanuel Emineke, who was fantastic all game, and scored their own goal, one that sucked all life out of a frustrated Bosnian squad, who felt that Emineke had fouled on his way into the box.
Regardless, the Bosnians had another half and then some to make up the ground, but they showed no signs of life. They coordinated some quality attacks in stoppage time, but it was pretty obvious that they were going to be sent home broken-hearted.
The Bosnians deserved a goal. They came close on so many occasions. Dzeko had another shot saved into the post in stoppage time and the sickening feeling got worse.
You have to hand it to the Nigerians, however. They put together a great game and they are as alive as ever, with only Iran in the way of them advancing.