2014 World Cup Preview: Iran vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Aydin Reyhan
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The Iran National Team will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in their final Group F game in the World Cup. If they win this game and Nigeria lose, they will finish as runners-up to Argentina, thus advancing to the Round of 16. This will not be an easy game by any means as the Bosnians want to give their fans some excitement with their first points ever in a World Cup.

Iran will have to rely on midfielder-winger Ashkan Dejagah, who has been a true threat throughout the tournament thus far. But finding the back of the net is something he has been unable to do. Now, he has his chance to carry the ball up the field, hold off opponents and score one of his trademark goals from 20-25 yards out like he has for Fulham in the Premier League.

The defense of Iran has only allowed one goal thus far and it was an absolute stunner from Lionel Messi in the dying minutes of their 1-0 loss to Argentina. They halt an attack, then start the counter, but can never get the finishing touch. They show no fear when faster and smarter opponents come their way, which makes them deserve a lot of respect. They held Nigeria scoreless in the first game before their only loss. Now, they face a Bosnian side that they can slow down and hit.

Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scored a perfect goal against Nigeria, but the referee wrongfully called it off for offside. Now, with that anger and passion still running through his veins, he will look to make Iran a victim of his spectacular scoring. He, along with his teammates, are a better overall team, but they are not playing for their WC lives — they just want a point, or all three.

Prediction: Iran 1, Bosnia 2

The Iranians will finally score, but their inability to hold on to the lead will cost them their spot in the Round of 16.

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