World Cup pre-game: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria
Crucial match could determine who moves on
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.
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.