SALVADOR, Brazil – Iran has stuck to its defensive lineup with one striker for a World Cup match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday that it must win to stand a chance of advancing to the knockout stages.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz fielded the same lineup that conceded a late goal to lose to Argentina in its previous Group F game, with Reza Ghoochannejhad spearheading the attack.
Bosnia, which is already out of contention, made four changes but kept most of its prominent players, including striker Edin Dzeko and midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
Bosnia coach Safet Susic started with a more attacking lineup with Vedad Ibisevic pairing with Dzeko up front.
Bosnia: Asmir Begovic, Sead Kolasinac, Toni Sunjic, Emir Spahic; Muhamed Besic, Avdija Vrsaljevic, Miralem Pjanic, Vedad Ibisevic, Tino Sven Susic, Anel Hadzic; Edin Dzeko.
Iran: Alireza Haghighi; Jalal Hosseini, Amirhossein Sadeghi, Pejman Montazeri; Mehrdad Pooladi, Ehsan Haji Safi, Javad Nekounam, Andranik Teymourian, Ashkan Dejagah, Masoud Shojaei; Reza Ghoochannejhad.