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World Cup Highlights – Bloomberg

Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0
in their Group F match at soccer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Peter Odemwingie scored in the 29th minute after Emmanuel
Emenike ran past Emir Spahic’s challenge and centered the ball
to his fellow forward in Cuiaba.

The game was end-to-end in the opening period, with Bosnia
having several chances. In the last five minutes of the first
half, Edin Dzeko mis-fired twice with good opportunities in
front of the Nigerian goal.

The weather — 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit)
and 55 percent humidity — started to slow the players in the
second half. Dzeko’s injury-time header went straight into the
arms of Vincent Enyeama in goal, and then the goalkeeper blocked
another shot with his legs minutes later.

Earlier today, Ghana drew 2-2 with Germany after taking the
lead with two goals in 10 minutes of the second half. Substitute
Miroslav Klose scored to gain a tie for Germany in their Group G
match in Fortaleza.

The result leaves the Germans on four points after two
games and Ghana on one. The U.S., which has three points after
beating the African team in their opener, tomorrow plays
Portugal, which has no points after its 4-0 loss to Germany.

Klose was on the field two minutes before scoring in the
71st minute. He put the ball in after a corner kick reached him
at the far post. It was his 15th goal in a World Cup, tying him
with retired Brazilian Ronaldo for the most in tournament
history.

Ghana Goals

Ghana took the lead when defender Mats Hummels mistimed his
challenge and allowed Asamoah Gyan to slip past, and the
forward’s shot beat Manuel Neuer in the 63rd minute. Ten minutes
earlier, Andre Ayew headed the ball into the corner of Neuer’s
goal to tie the game.

Germany had gone in front when Mario Goetze, who was
replaced by Klose, used his knee to score after cutting between
two defenders and meeting a pass from Thomas Mueller in the 51st
minute.

After Gyan’s goal, the game opened up with the Germans
trying to tie the match leaving their defense exposed. Still,
the Germans came back and took the lead.

The first half, which ended 0-0, was even with both team
getting three shots on target in Fortaleza.

Opening Matches

Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in its opening match, while Ghana
was upset 2-1 by a last-minute American goal.

In the day’s first game, Lionel Messi scored in second-half
injury time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran in their
Group F match. The South Americans advance from the group with
the victory.

The four-time World Player of the Year — frustrated by the
Iranians’s stout defense for most of the day in Belo Horizonte –
– curled his shot into the goal in the 91st minute.

“It was very difficult,” Argentine coach Alejandro
Sabella said. “We had the possession and the control in the
first half. Iran played a great game. They defended deep and hit
us on the counter, creating some good chances.”

It was Messi’s second goal in two matches, and came again
as his team struggled. His goal in the opening game against
Bosnia-Herzegovina gave Argentina a 2-1 victory, and was his
first at a World Cup match for eight years.

Argentina on Top

Argentina has taken the six available points from its first
two matches, although it hasn’t been easy. Nigeria has four
points after today’s win and Iran has 1 point. Bosnia has no
points.

Today, Argentina controlled the ball for 70 percent of the
game but Messi’s goal was the first it had to show for it.

The South Americans missed two headers — one in the 23rd
minute by Marcos Rojo and another 10 minutes later by Ezequiel
Garay. Thirty minutes in, Lionel Messi blazed a free kick over
the cross bar. Argentina had 11 shots — only two on target —
to Iran’s 2 at halftime.

The Iranians had several chances, with a header by Jalal
Hosseini from a 42nd minute corner going over the goal.

In the opening stages of the second period, Iran had the
best chance with a quick break up the right. Reza Ghoochannejhad
headed was kept out by goalkepper Sergio Romero in the 53rd
minute. Ten minutes later, Messi carried the ball straight
toward the goal but shot wide.

Iranian Attacks

The Iranians — coached by Carlos Queiroz — didn’t defend
deep in the second half. They took the opportunity to use quick
attacks and corners to pressure the Argentines.

Iran appealed for a penalty 10 minutes into the half, when
Ashkan Dejagah was brought down by Pablo Zabaleta while the pair
chased a long kick. Zabaleta was able to nudge the ball away,
but replays showed his follow-through wrapped around Dejagah’s
leg.

Iran is trying to get to beyond the World Cup group stage
for the first time in four chances. With 10 minutes left, they
brought everyone back to defend in their half, forcing the
Argentines to go two banks of four defenders to get near the
goal.

With five minutes remaining, Ghoochannejhad had another
chance, sprinting from the halfway line to meet a pass but
Romero was able to push the ball away from the top corner of his
goal.

The teams had played only once before, a 1-1 draw in 1977
as part of Real Madrid’s 75th anniversary celebration.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Christopher Elser in Rio de Janeiro at
celser@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Christopher Elser at
celser@bloomberg.net;
Dex McLuskey at
dmcluskey@bloomberg.net;
Rob Gloster at
rgloster@bloomberg.net
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