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Susic: It's a shame for us, but Nigeria deserved it

The Bosnia-Herzegovina boss admits the Super Eagles earned all three points but was disappointed to see his side go out after just two games.

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic says it is a shame his team has been eliminated from the World Cup but admitted Nigeria deserved to beat it on Saturday.

Peter Odemwingie's first half-strike was enough to give the Super Eagles all three points against the Europeans, who had an Edin Dzeko goal incorrectly disallowed in the opening period.

And Susic congratulated the Africans for their win but was disappointed to see his side eliminated after only two games.

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"Too bad this generation has to leave the World Cup so early, but you can't blame them," he told reporters. "One goal decided our misfortune, the one against us. Congratulations to Nigeria, who played well and created chances and were a lot better tonight than they were against Iran. They also had better luck because they won.

"The match went exactly the way I imagined it would. It was an open game, two teams playing 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.

"Nigeria surprised us, they were quick and nimble and deservedly won. We won't fool ourselves, we weren't the favorites. They played attacking football, they really wanted to win. Now they are in second place in the group with great chances to progress. 

"When our players play well, we can take on anyone, but when most are not in the mood, it's hard. It was hard because of the heat and the terrain, and the opponent was strong - these are the reasons for the defeat."

The 59-year-old says he hasn't seen the replay of Dzeko's disallowed goal and admitted it will be difficult to get his players motivated for the final game against Iran.

"They told me that it was not offside, but I have not seen it. This is not the first refereeing error, but I would not put them on trial.

"It will be difficult to motivate the players to play at their best, but we must have an honorable goodbye."