Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-1 Iran

Iran's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16 ended as they lost to already-eliminated Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Carlos Queiroz's Iran side could have progressed to the second round with a win but their hopes were dented when Edin Dzeko gave the Bosnians a deserved lead with a crisp shot from 25 yards.

Roma's Miralem Pjanic slid home a second after the break.

Reza Ghoochannejad pulled one back but Avdija Vrsajevic sealed it to give Bosnia their first World Cup win.

Their first ever victory in a major tournament at least gives the Bosnians something to show for their efforts in Brazil.

Safet Susic's side were knocked out before Wednesday's match after narrow defeats byArgentina and Nigeria in their opening two games, but had created enough chances to have taken something from both games.

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Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal to give Nigeria a victory that means World Cup debutants Bosnia-Hercegovina will not progress from Group F.

The Stoke forward struck in the first half to give Nigeria their first win at a World Cup finals since 1998.

The goal came just seven minutes after Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.

Nigeria will reach the knockout stages if they get a point against Argentina, or if Iran fail to beat Bosnia.

Odemwingie's decisive strike came just a month after he returned to the Nigeria squad following a two-year absence caused by adispute with coach Stephen Keshi.

Knowing they needed a win to stay in their first World Cup finals, Bosnia attacked from the start but were vulnerable in defence, with Odemwingie, John Mikel Obi and Michael Babatunde all squandering early chances for Nigeria.

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Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Lionel Messi scored a superb goal as Argentina began their World Cup campaign with a win over World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Argentina went ahead when Messi's free-kick was put into his own net by defender Sead Kolasinac.

Messi then played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuain, jinked past two defenders and rifled in to make it 2-0.

The goal lifted Argentina and, despite Vedad Ibisevic slotting in late on for Bosnia-Herzegovina, they held on.

All eyes were on Messi in the first game of the tournament at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio and, even though the four-time World Player of the Year took time to get going, he announced his arrival in sparkling style with his goal.

The strike was his second World Cup goal in nine games and provided the one piece of mesmerising magic Messi managed in a game in which he and Argentina improved the longer it progressed.

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World Cup: Asmir Begovic hoping to help Bosnia shine on global stage

Asmir Begovic is aware that the Bosnia-Herzegovina squad must shoulder 'huge responsibility' as they prepare to grace the World Cup stage.

Bosnia will be making their first appearance at a major international tournament this summer since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.

Expectations are high that a side boasting the considerable talents of Stoke goalkeeper Begovic, Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, Stuttgart forward Vedad Ibisevic and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko can shine under the global spotlight.

Begovic insists the players are ready to embrace that pressure, with there a determination on their part to 'put smiles' on the faces of those that have had to cope with so much.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "With our appreciation of the past, we recognise we have a duty as footballers to represent our country in the best possible way, to give the people something to cheer about and put smiles on their faces.

"We carry a huge responsibility. But that's just the way we like it."

Begovic is also convinced that Bosnia can continue to build towards a brighter future as they prepare to face Argentina, Nigeria and Iran in Group F.

He added: "While we have finally broken that barrier of qualifying for a major tournament, we have known for some time that we have a strong crop of players.

"It is the best Bosnia ever and we are making the most of it, so for that reason it doesn't altogether surprise that we're in Brazil.

"If we can keep producing brilliant youngsters, then we can continue to grow."