Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1: Player ratings

Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1: Player ratings as Avdija Vrsajevic stars in this Group F clash

Bosnia
3
Iran
1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Asmir Begovic Looked fairly comfortable and in charge of his area in the first half. The Iranians needed to test him more. 7/10

Avdija Vrsajevic (Man of the Match) Probably should have either scored or squared the ball for a team-mate when through on goal in the 42nd minute after being played in by Dzeko, instead he fluffed his lines to pull the shot wide. Nearly double that time later, however, and he made no mistake with a late opportunity to seal the win with his first international goal. 9

Toni Sunjic Manned the line well and will be more than happy with a clean sheet to round off their campaign. 6

Emir Spahic Was nearly caught out by a quick free-kick early on, but he cleared well to safety. Was roughed up a few times and had to receive treatment before being stretchered off momentarily in the 36th minute. Got back into the swing of things quickly. 7

Sead Kolasinac Will be happy with almost keeping a clean sheet on the day, and the manner in which they held together as a unit at the back for the most part. 6

Muhamed Besic Was quite positive in attempting to move the ball forward from deep – fought back against a physical Iran team with a few niggling tackles of his own. 7

Miralem Pjanic Was on free-kick duty for the evening. Looked a real threat at times. Stuck his goal away well under pressure on the hour mark and seemed keen to pile on the pressure even with the points already assured. 8

Vedad Ibisevic Had a pop in the 43rd minute from distance, but his shot flew wide of the goalkeeper’s post. Played a decent game. 7

Edin Dzeko Had a headed chance in the 10th minute that he failed to convert. Scored a cracker in the 23rd minute from 25 yards, firing a shot low and to the left of the despairing goalkeeper. Should have had another goal at least, but unecessary trickery fooled himself more so than the defenders. 7

Tino-Sven Susic The Bosnian midfielder will be disappointed he couldn’t influence the match as desired. Lofted in one or two crosses from the left, but nothing too incisive. 6

Eldin Hadzic Was replaced by Ogjen Vranjes just after their second goal went in. 5

Substitutions

Ogjen Vranjes Came on with a half an hour to play. 6

Sejad Salihovic The Hoffenheim man was introduced in the closing stages. 6

Edin Visca It was like for like as Visca took Dzeko’s place with five minutes of normal time remaining. 6

Iran

Alireza Haghighi Was beaten all ends up for the second time in the tournament as Bosnia’s first goal rattled the net. Couldn’t do a whole lot about Dzeko’s smoothly struck effort in the opening period as the ball hit the post and went in. He was also all at sea for the final nail in their World Cup coffin. 6

Pejman Montazeri The right-back had to be wary of the threat of Bosnia’s attacks down his flank as they attempted to spread the play wide. Played a positive match. 7

Ehsan Hajsafi Displayed good enterprise down the left, when moving forward to help carve out a chance or two; wasn’t afraid to turn on the style. Came off with under 30 minutes remaining. 6

Jalal Hosseini Pushed on for set-piece scenarios – the delivery wasn’t good enough to get them competing, though. 6

Amir Hossein Sadeghi Similar to Hosseini, he was always ready to get into Bosnia’s box to provide an aerial threat. 6

Javad Nekounam Looked to rough the Bosnian midfield up with a few imposing challenges in the early exchanges. 6

Masoud Shojaei Was unlucky not to score immediately after Dzeko’s opening goal as his shot hit the crossbar – showed character to respond immediately. 7

Andranik Teymourian Flighted in a number of long-distance free-kicks to give Safet Susic’s charges something to think about. As with his team-mates, he continued to fight even after they’d conceded the killer third strike. 7

Reza Ghoochannejad Was ruled offside as he knocked Shojaei’s rebound at goal. Played a few teasing passes into the strikers. Got quite involved in the physical side of the game. Saw a speculative shot spin agonisingly wide with 10 minutes left on the clock; he never looked like giving up the ghost and he got his reward with an opportunistic goal. 8

Ashikan Dejagah Was one of the main focal points for Iran’s breakaway attacks. Fed off scraps for the most part. Needed to improve on his set-piece accuracy, but he still never gave up. Looked inspired at times, but he just couldn’t extend his energy to something more visceral. 7

Mehrdad Pooladi Didn’t do a whole lot of note as Carlos Quieroz’s plan to impose themselves upon the game became too predictable and hard to maintain after falling behind. 6

Substitutions

Khosro Heydari Replaced Shojaei in the second half. 6

Alireza Jahanakhsh Had a meek shot from a tight angle far out on the left after Dejagah played him through but by that stage, the cause already seemed lost. 6

Ansari Fard Took up the reigns of one of Iran’s best player, Dejagah with the match all but wrapped up. Was yellow-carded for an aggresive reaction to the referee for a penalty decision that went against him. 5

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