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Nigeria eliminates Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with 1-0 win in Group F

  • 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. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    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. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike slides into Bosnia's Muhamed Besic to kick the ball away during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike slides into Bosnia's Muhamed Besic to kick the ball away during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nigerian fan cheers before the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A Nigerian fan cheers before the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

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.