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Dirty Tackle

Bosnia-Herzegovina eliminated from World Cup with help from another bad offside call

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Amidst the avalanche of goals and delightfully absurd matches has been some pretty terrible officiating at the 2014 World Cup and the Group F match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered for it. About 20 minutes into the match, a goal from Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko (wearing white in the image below) was disallowed for offside, but replays showed that the goal should have been allowed to stand.

Less than 10 minutes later, Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike appeared to catch the heels of Bosnia captain Emir Spahic as he went around him to execute a brilliant pass to Peter Odemwingie for a goal. The referee had his whistle in his mouth and seemed ready to call it back for the foul, but never did. This, of course, added to Bosnia's frustration in a match that ultimately ended with their second loss and elimination from their first World Cup when a shot from Dzeko at the death was miraculously kept out by Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama.

One World Cup linesman has already been dropped for his two controversial offside calls against Mexico earlier in the tournament. And now he might have someone to keep him company.

Nigeria currently sits second in Group F with four points behind Argentina, who sealed their place in the knockout stage with a win over Iran earlier in the day.

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