Safet Susic, the Bosnia coach, rued his players’ failure to convert numerous scoring chances – Edin Dzeko came very close to notching at the death – but made sure to congratulate Keshi and Nigeria for their accomplishment.
Having guided the Golden Lilies to the World Cup finals for the first time in the young nation’s history, Susic will return home early with his squad whatever the outcome of Wednesday’s clash with Iran in Salvador.
He said: “The match unfolded exactly the way I imagined. It was an open game, two teams wishing to win, lots of chances at either end.
“We had a lot of chances and didn’t convert any. They had one and scored that goal. I can only congratulate them.
“We knew they would be tough but they surprised us with their speed, their movement. They played attacking football, they really wanted to win.
“Now they are in second place in the group with a great chance to progress.”