The Super Eagles of Nigeria returned some measure of smile back to the faces of despondent Nigerians when they beat the Bosnia national team…1 goal to nothing to remain in Brazil for the next match in the ongoing World Cup Tournament.
The Eagles had crawled to a drabbed and unimpressive start in their group opening match with Iran which ended in zero at piece.
A first-half strike from Peter Odemwingie was enough for Nigeria to register their first win in nine matches in the World Cup and defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Group F clash in Cuiaba on Saturday.
World Cup debutants Bosnia, after losing the opener against Argentina 2-1, were facing a must-win situation against the Super Eagles, who were held to a goalless draw by a resilient Iran in their first match.
Bosnia started the match on the back foot and gifted a free-kick to the West Africans in the early minutes when Haris Medunjanin brought down Emmanuel Emenike but Odemwingie put his shot inches wide.
Emenike threatened Bosnia several times and created a number of chances as skipper Emir Spahic failed to restrict the 27-year-old. Emenike outpaced Spahic in the 29th minute and passed the ball to Odemwingie, who made no mistake in tucking home the winner.
However, the Dragons were robbed a goal minutes before when Edin Dzeko slotted home from Zvejzdan Misimovic’s precise through-ball but he was wrongly given off-side. [myad]