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Nigeria beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 at World Cup

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 9:45 a.m. MDT

Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014.  (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press) Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)

CUIABA, Brazil — Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win over the tournament newcomers on Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal putting the African champions close to the knockout stage.

Odemwingie sealed Nigeria's first victory at a World Cup since 1998 — spanning 10 matches — by finishing from close range in the 29th minute after one of a string of powerful runs by fellow striker Emmanuel Emenike.

Bosnia faded after a bright start, during which star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and is still without a point in Group F following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in its opener. Dzeko had a shot deflected onto the post in the last seconds of the match.

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