Soccer-Dzeko strike gives Bosnia 1-0 lead over Iran at halftime

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) - Edin Dzeko fired already-eliminated Bosnia into a 1-0 halftime lead against an Iran side needing a victory on Wednesday to have any chance of grabbing a surprise World Cup last 16 place.

The Bosnia striker was allowed time to pick his spot, drilling a left-footed strike into the bottom corner from 25 metres midway through the half.

Iran, yet to score in the tournament but battling with Nigeria for the second qualifying berth from Group F, almost hitback immediately when Masoud Shojaei's chip struck the crossbar. (editing by Justin Palmer)