Nigeria were panned by their domestic media for lacking ambition in their opening draw bore with Iran but somehow contrived to win this match to become favourites to progress with Argentina from group F.
It started badly for Nigeria as they dropped Victor Moses to the bench in favour of Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie.
It got worse when Edin Dzeko burst through to score an early opener. The only thing that marred the strike was an absurd flag for offside. It wasn’t, it didn’t look it and it was a huge blow for Bosnia.
Obi John had taken some of last week’s criticism to heart and was passing forward a bit more but it was Odemwingie who provided most of the thrust and the opening goal as he turned in an Emanuel Emenike cross. Bosnia looked confused as their defender had clearly been bundled off the ball by Emenike in the move but as they hesitated waiting for a whistle Nigeria struck.
The injustice of the first-half seemed to throw the otherwise impressive Bosnia side and they missed a couple of glaring chances from headers and Dzeko hit a post as Nigeria held on.
Kenneth Omeruo didn’t look out of place but was merely overshadowed by the injustice and the match. He will have his moment.
Victor Moses seemed to be taking the blame for the poor performance against Iran with his place on the bench.