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2014 FIFA World Cup Group F

Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria. Play began on 15 June and ended on 25 June 2014.

Teams

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
F1 (seed)  Argentina CONMEBOL CONMEBOL 1st winners 10 September 2013 16th 2010 Winners (1978, 1986) 3 5
F2  Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA UEFA Group G winners 15 October 2013 1st 16 21
F3  Iran AFC AFC Fourth Round Group A 1st winners 18 June 2013 4th 2006 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2006) 49 43
F4  Nigeria CAF CAF Third Round winners 16 November 2013 5th 2010 Round of 16 (1994, 1998) 33 44
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings

Matches

Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

The two teams had met in two previous matches, both in friendlies, most recently in 2013.[1]

Bosnia and Herzegovina conceded three minutes into their World Cup debut, when Lionel Messi's free kick from the left was flicked on by Marcos Rojo and bounced off Sead Kolašinac into the net for an own goal. In the second half, Messi played a one-two with substitute Gonzalo Higuaín and shot home from the edge of the penalty area with his left foot into the bottom-right corner.[2] With five minutes remaining in normal time, Bosnia and Herzegovina pulled one back, when Senad Lulić's pass found substitute Vedad Ibišević to score the country's first ever World Cup goal, shooting under the goalkeeper with his left foot.[3]

Kolašinac's own goal after two minutes and nine seconds broke the record for the fastest own goal in the history of the FIFA World Cup, surpassing Carlos Gamarra's own goal (two minutes and 46 seconds) in Paraguay's first group stage match against England at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[4]

15 June 2014
19:00 UTC−3
Argentina  2–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kolašinac Goal 3' (o.g.)
Messi Goal 65'
Report Ibišević Goal 85'
Argentina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
GK 1 Sergio Romero
CB 3 Hugo Campagnaro Substituted off 46'
CB 17 Federico Fernández
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
RWB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
LWB 16 Marcos Rojo Booked 25'
RM 11 Maxi Rodríguez Substituted off 46'
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
LM 7 Ángel Di María
CF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 20 Sergio Agüero Substituted off 87'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted in 46'
MF 5 Fernando Gago Substituted in 46'
MF 6 Lucas Biglia Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella
GK 1 Asmir Begović
RB 13 Mensur Mujdža Substituted off 69'
CB 3 Ermin Bičakčić
CB 4 Emir Spahić (c) Booked 63'
LB 5 Sead Kolašinac
DM 7 Muhamed Bešić
DM 20 Izet Hajrović Substituted off 71'
RW 8 Miralem Pjanić
AM 10 Zvjezdan Misimović Substituted off 74'
LW 16 Senad Lulić
CF 11 Edin Džeko
Substitutions:
FW 9 Vedad Ibišević Substituted in 69'
MF 19 Edin Višća Substituted in 71'
MF 18 Haris Medunjanin Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Safet Sušić

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
William Torres (El Salvador)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)
Fourth official:
Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Fifth official:
Abdelhalk Etchiali (Algeria)

Iran vs Nigeria

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1998.[6]

In a goalless game of few chances, Iran's Reza Ghoochannejhad forced a save from Vincent Enyeama in the first half, while Nigeria substitute Shola Ameobi headed wide in the second half.[7][8]

This was the first draw of the tournament after the previous 12 matches all produced a winner, and was the longest wait for a draw in a single tournament since 1930, where there were no draws in the entire tournament.[9] This was also the first clean sheet kept by Iran in the World Cup.[10]

16 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Iran  0–0  Nigeria
Report
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,081
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Iran
Nigeria
GK 12 Alireza Haghighi
RB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 5 Amir Hossein Sadeghi
CB 15 Pejman Montazeri
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi
CM 2 Khosro Heydari Substituted off 89'
CM 14 Andranik Teymourian Booked 75'
AM 6 Javad Nekounam (c)
RF 21 Ashkan Dejagah Substituted off 73'
CF 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad
LF 3 Ehsan Hajsafi
Substitutions:
FW 9 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted in 73'
MF 7 Masoud Shojaei Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Carlos Queiroz
GK 1 Vincent Enyeama (c)
RB 5 Efe Ambrose
CB 13 Juwon Oshaniwa
CB 14 Godfrey Oboabona Substituted off 29'
LB 22 Kenneth Omeruo
CM 17 Ogenyi Onazi
CM 15 Ramon Azeez Substituted off 69'
CM 10 John Obi Mikel
RW 11 Victor Moses Substituted off 52'
LW 7 Ahmed Musa
CF 9 Emmanuel Emenike
Substitutions:
DF 2 Joseph Yobo Substituted in 29'
FW 23 Shola Ameobi Substituted in 52'
FW 8 Peter Odemwingie Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Stephen Keshi

Man of the Match:
John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)

Assistant referees:
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
Byron Romero (Ecuador)
Fourth official:
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Fifth official:
Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)

Argentina vs Iran

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1977.[11]

In a match where Argentina dominated in terms of possession and shots,[12] they scored the only goal one minute into second half injury time when Lionel Messi received a pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right wing, dribbled inside and curled a left-footed shot past the outstretched hands of the Iranian keeper Alireza Haghighi.[13] Before the goal, Iran had chances to score, but Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero was able to save Ashkan Dejagah's header and Reza Ghoochannejhad's shot, and Dejagah also had a penalty appeal turned down when Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta tackled him in the area but only just got his toe to the ball.[14] With the win, Argentina were guaranteed to advance to the knockout stage.

21 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Argentina  1–0  Iran
Messi Goal 90+1' Report
Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 57,698
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Argentina
Iran
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 17 Federico Fernández
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Marcos Rojo
CM 5 Fernando Gago
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 7 Ángel Di María Substituted off 90+4'
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted off 76'
LF 20 Sergio Agüero Substituted off 76'
Substitutions:
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio Substituted in 76'
FW 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi Substituted in 76'
MF 6 Lucas Biglia Substituted in 90+4'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella
GK 12 Alireza Haghighi
RB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 5 Amir Hossein Sadeghi
CB 15 Pejman Montazeri
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi
DM 14 Andranik Teymourian
DM 6 Javad Nekounam (c) Booked 53'
RM 21 Ashkan Dejagah Substituted off 85'
CM 7 Masoud Shojaei Booked 73' Substituted off 76'
LM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi Substituted off 88'
CF 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad
Substitutions:
DF 2 Khosro Heydari Substituted in 76'
MF 9 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted in 85'
MF 8 Reza Haghighi Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Range (Kenya)

Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

The two teams had never met before.[15]

Bosnia and Herzegovina thought they had taken the lead when Edin Džeko put the ball into the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside, which replays later showed to be an incorrect decision.[16] Referee Peter O'Leary later admitted Džeko's goal was disallowed in error.[17] Seven minutes later, Nigeria took the lead when Emmanuel Emenike burst past Emir Spahić to cross for Peter Odemwingie to score, firing in through the legs of Asmir Begovic. Džeko came closest to scoring the equaliser to keep his team's qualification chances alive, but his shot in second-half stoppage time was deflected onto the post by Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Nigeria held for the win and eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result.[18]

21 June 2014
18:00 UTC−4
Nigeria  1–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Odemwingie Goal 29' Report
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,499
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Nigeria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
GK 1 Vincent Enyeama
RB 5 Efe Ambrose
CB 2 Joseph Yobo (c)
CB 13 Juwon Oshaniwa
LB 22 Kenneth Omeruo
CM 17 Ogenyi Onazi
CM 10 John Obi Mikel Booked 81'
RW 7 Ahmed Musa Substituted off 65'
AM 8 Peter Odemwingie
LW 18 Michel Babatunde Substituted off 75'
CF 9 Emmanuel Emenike
Substitutions:
FW 23 Shola Ameobi Substituted in 65'
MF 3 Ejike Uzoenyi Substituted in 75'
 
Manager:
Stephen Keshi
GK 1 Asmir Begović
RB 13 Mensur Mujdža
CB 15 Toni Šunjić
CB 4 Emir Spahić (c)
LB 18 Haris Medunjanin Booked 6' Substituted off 64'
DM 8 Miralem Pjanić
DM 7 Muhamed Bešić
RW 20 Izet Hajrović Substituted off 57'
AM 10 Zvjezdan Misimović
LW 16 Senad Lulić Substituted off 58'
CF 11 Edin Džeko
Substitutions:
FW 9 Vedad Ibišević Substituted in 57'
MF 23 Sejad Salihović Substituted in 58'
MF 14 Tino-Sven Sušić Substituted in 64'
Manager:
Safet Sušić

Man of the Match:
Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Mark Rule (New Zealand)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Nigeria vs Argentina

The two teams had met in six previous matches, including three times in the FIFA World Cup group stage, all won by Argentina (1994: 2–1; 2002: 1–0; 2010: 1–0).[19]

Before the match, Nigeria were the only team yet to concede in the tournament, but their defence were breached inside three minutes when Ángel Di María's shot hit the post and Lionel Messi slammed home the rebound. Nigeria, which would qualify for the knockout stage if they gained a point or if Iran failed to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the other match, equalised within a minute, when Michel Babatunde fed Ahmed Musa, and he cut inside and curled the ball into the net.[20] Messi put Argentina in front in first half injury time with a direct free kick, but Musa equalised once again early in the second half, after playing a one-two with Emmanuel Emenike and scored. Argentina, which needed only a point to win the group, then scored the game winner when a corner from Ezequiel Lavezzi was flicked on by a Ezequiel Garay header and Marcos Rojo scored with his knee. Argentina won the group with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Nigeria were able to qualify as group runners-up despite losing as Iran also lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the other match.[21]

Musa became the first Nigerian player to score more than once in a World Cup match.[22]

25 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Nigeria  2–3  Argentina
Musa Goal 4'47' Report Messi Goal 3'45+1'
Rojo Goal 50'
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,285
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Nigeria
Argentina
GK 1 Vincent Enyeama
RB 5 Efe Ambrose
CB 2 Joseph Yobo (c)
CB 13 Juwon Oshaniwa Booked 51'
LB 22 Kenneth Omeruo Booked 49'
CM 17 Ogenyi Onazi
CM 10 John Obi Mikel
RW 7 Ahmed Musa
LW 18 Michel Babatunde Substituted off 66'
SS 8 Peter Odemwingie Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Emmanuel Emenike
Substitutions:
FW 20 Michael Uchebo Substituted in 66'
FW 19 Uche Nwofor Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Stephen Keshi
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 17 Federico Fernández
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Marcos Rojo
RM 5 Fernando Gago
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
LM 7 Ángel Di María
AM 10 Lionel Messi (c) Substituted off 63'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted off 90'
CF 20 Sergio Agüero Substituted off 38'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi Substituted in 38'
MF 19 Ricardo Álvarez Substituted in 63'
MF 6 Lucas Biglia Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran

The two teams had met in five previous matches, all in friendlies, most recently in 2009.[23]

Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had already been eliminated, led 1–0 at half-time through a goal by Edin Džeko, shooting low with his left foot after he received a pass from Miralem Pjanić. Pjanić extended the lead in the second half when he slotted low past the goalkeeper, after receiving a through ball from Tino-Sven Sušić. Iran, which had to win and also hoped Nigeria lost to Argentina to have any chance for qualification to the knockout stage, reduced the deficit after Reza Ghoochannejhad tapped home from close range from a Javad Nekounam cross.[24] However, Bosnia and Herzegovina scored a third goal when Avdija Vršajević slotted home with his right foot after Sejad Salihović played him in on the right, sealing their first win in World Cup finals history, and also confirming Iran's elimination, meaning that they failed to advance to the knockout stage for all four of their World Cup campaigns.[25]

With Ghoochannejhad's goal for Iran, the 2014 World Cup became the first since 1998 in which every participating team managed to score at least once.[26]

25 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–1  Iran
Džeko Goal 23'
Pjanić Goal 59'
Vršajević Goal 83'
Report Ghoochannejhad Goal 82'
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 48,011
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran
GK 1 Asmir Begović
RB 2 Avdija Vršajević
CB 15 Toni Šunjić
CB 4 Emir Spahić (c)
LB 5 Sead Kolašinac
CM 8 Miralem Pjanić
CM 7 Muhamed Bešić Booked 78'
RW 21 Anel Hadžić Substituted off 61'
LW 14 Tino-Sven Sušić Substituted off 79'
CF 11 Edin Džeko Substituted off 85'
CF 9 Vedad Ibišević
Substitutions:
DF 6 Ognjen Vranješ Substituted in 61'
MF 23 Sejad Salihović Substituted in 79'
FW 19 Edin Višća Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Safet Sušić
GK 12 Alireza Haghighi
RB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 5 Amir Hossein Sadeghi
CB 15 Pejman Montazeri
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi
CM 6 Javad Nekounam (c)
CM 14 Andranik Teymourian
RW 21 Ashkan Dejagah Substituted off 68'
AM 7 Masoud Shojaei Substituted off 46'
LW 3 Ehsan Hajsafi Substituted off 63'
CF 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad
Substitutions:
MF 2 Khosro Heydari Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted in 63'
FW 10 Karim Ansarifard Booked 88' Substituted in 68'
Manager:
Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste (Spain)
Fourth official:
Enrique Osses (Chile)
Fifth official:
Carlos Astroza (Chile)

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External links

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F, FIFA.com
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