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Bosnia-Herzegovina Picks Up First-Ever World Cup Win Before Heading Home From Brazil

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Bosnia's Avdija Vrsajevic is carried by a teammate as he celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Bosnia and Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bosnia-Herzegovina's stay at the 2014 World Cup didn't last long. But it was still historic.

Appearing at the World Cup for the first time, Bosnia-Herzegovina picked up its first-ever World Cup win by defeating Iran 3-1 in its final group-stage game at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Wednesday. The win ended the Dragon's historic trip to Brazil on a high note and denied Iran a chance to advance into the Round of 16.

Having been defeated by Argentina's Lionel Messi in their opening match and deprived of a crucial goal by an official's decision in a second defeat, Bosnia-Herzegovina had been eliminated from contention in Group F even before kicking off on Wednesday. Iran arrived in Salvador with hopes of advancing to the Round of 16 but it was Bosnia-Herzegovina who struck first and most frequently. Striker Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and gave Bosnia-Herzegovina a lead it would not relinquish.

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The lead would be doubled through Miralem Pjanic in the 59th minute before Iran scored its lone goal deep into the match. That came in the 82nd minute but was quickly answered by the final Bosnia-Herzegovina score of the day.

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