World Cup Day 14: Bosnia 3-1 Iran, Argentina 3-2 Nigeria, France 0-0 Ecuador, Switzerland 3-0 Honduras
- France's Bacary Sagna clears the ball ahead of Ecuador's Alex Ibarra during the group E World Cup soccer match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Bosnia beats Iran 3-1 in Group F
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran's hopes of advancing to the knockout stages at the World Cup with a 3-1 victory in Group F on Wednesday.
Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a low shot from 20 yards (meters), deflecting in off the post.
Miralem Pjanic made it 2-0 in the 53rd with an angled shot from inside the box.
Reza Ghoochannejhad gave some hope to the Iranians with a tap-in goal in the 81st, but Avdija Vrsaljevic replied immediately with his low shot from the edge of the area to restore the two-goal buffer.
Iran needed a win to have any chance of advancing. The Bosnians were already out of contention at their first World Cup following consecutive losses to Argentina and Nigeria.
Argentina beats Nigeria 3-2 as both teams advance
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner.
Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss.
Messi scored in the third minute, slamming in the rebound after Angel Di Maria's shot bounced off the post. Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post.
Messi's perfectly hooked free kick restored the lead for Argentina just before halftime.
The second half started at the same furious pace as the first as Musa scored his second and Rojo made it 3-2 from a corner within the first five minutes.
France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament.
In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 3-0 Honduras to finish in second place and join France in the knockout stages.
Ecuador played a man short at Rio's Maracana stadium when Antonio Valencia was sent off on a straight red card in the 50th minute for digging his studs into the leg of French defender Lucas Digne.
France coach Didier Deschamps has made six changes to start the match, knowing his side was all but assured of advancing.
France came closest to scoring when Antoine Griezmann hit the post in the 47th.
Shaqiri's hat trick puts Swiss into 2nd round
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) - Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three goals Wednesday to put Switzerland into the second round of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Honduras.
The Swiss will next face Lionel Messi and Argentina on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
Shaqiri scored his first goal in the sixth minute, dribbling into a crowd of defenders and curling a shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar. In the 31st, he collected a pass from Josip Drmic after a defensive error and easily beat Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Shaqiri completed his hat trick in the 71st. Drmic did well to beat Honduras defender Victor Bernardez on the left and pass to a charging Shaqiri, who one-timed his shot past a diving Valladares.