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World Cup pre-game: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria

Second place in Group F — and a spot in the next round — is up for grabs. Bosnia and Nigeria both need goals and three points to further their dreams of the Round of 16.

Crucial match could determine who moves on

Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic grew up in Edmonton and played for Canada at the U-20 tournament in 2007. Begovic is trying to help Bosnia-Herzegovina advance to the Round of 16 in its first ever World Cup. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Group F: Nigeria vs, Bosnia

  • 6 p.m. ET, Saturday June 21 
  • CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup)

What’s at stake

Second place in Group F — and a spot in the next round — is up for grabs. Both teams need goals and three points to further their dreams of the Round of 16.

Impact players

Nigeria: Jon Obi Mikel. This seasoned international orchestrated things in the middle of the park for the Nigerians in their opener against Iran.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Vedad Ibisevic. The striker scored against Argentina, thus scoring his country’s first-ever World Cup goal.

What to watch for

Bosnia’s maiden World Cup match got off to a horror start with an own goal in the third minute. They want to come out much more solidly against Nigeria, a weaker opponent.

Nigeria was held to a goalless draw against Iran. Quite simply, they need to score if they stand any chance at moving on.

They said it

“Generally we wouldn't measure ourselves against a team of Argentina's standing. But if we continue to play as we did against them then we can definitely achieve something here in Brazil.” — Midfiedler Zvjezdan Misimovic speaking to FIFA.com.

“We hope that the goal we scored will mean a lot to us in the upcoming games.” —Manager Safet Susic speaking about the value of that Misimovic goal to his team.

The big number

16 — The number of years since the Super Eagles made it past the group stage. They want 2014 to be a new chapter in their football history.

Obligatory fun fact

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the only European team to have qualified for the World Cup on goal difference. They finished at the top of their qualifying group, ahead of Greece, on goal differential.