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World Cup live blog: June 21

June 21, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Argentina vs. Iran, followed by Germany vs. Ghana at 3 p.m. and Nigeria vs. Bosnia at 6.

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Bosnia had some excellent chances in the closing minutes, but Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama came up huge. Look at how close Bosnia came to getting the equalizer:

Scoring Summary:

NGA – Peter Odemwingie, 29′

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Nigeria has 13 shots on goal to Bosnia’s six as we approach the 85th minute.

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Nigeria maintains its 1-0 lead in the 75th minute. Ejike Uzoenyi replaces Michael Babatunde for Nigeria.

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This play, from the previous game, was one of the stranger moments of the World Cup.

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Peter Odemwingie’s goal in the 29th minute is the difference so far. Bosnia’s disallowed goal looms large.

First-half stats.

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Bosnia wanted a foul that wasn’t called.

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A bad offsides call erased a brilliant goal by Bosnia. Still scoreless in the 23rd minute.

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No score 12 minutes in to the day’s final match. Bosnia is looking for its first points after losing 2-1 to Argentina in its first game. Nigeria is coming off a 0-0 draw against Iran.

(Michael Dalder/Reuters)

(Michael Dalder/Reuters)

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Rick Maese on what to take away from the 1-1 draw between Germany and Ghana:

In short, a tie was probably the best possible result for the Americans. If the United States manages to beat Portugal on Sunday in Manaus, it would ensure at least a second-place finish in Group G and a spot in the round of 16.

Sure, a Ghana win could’ve put the United States in better position to win the group outright, but it also would’ve muddled the top of the standingsand endangered the United States’ chances of even advancing out of group play.

Instead Germany will enter its final match of group play against the U.S. with four points. Depending on Sunday’s result, the American squad will enter that match with either three, four or six points.

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Iranian fans celebrate in Tehran’s Vanak Square despite the loss to Argentina. (Ken Areatta/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian fans celebrate in Tehran’s Vanak Square despite the loss to Argentina. (Ken Areatta/AFP/Getty Images)

You read that right. Iranians celebrated in Tehran after Iran lost to Argentina, 1-0.

Via Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian:

Iranians, who have few opportunities to openly celebrate, poured into the streets to pay tribute their team’s valiant effort. Long past midnight firecrackers exploded and car horns honked, and the street were jammed throughout Tehran as though it were rush hour.

“We didn’t win, but it took the best footballer in the world to beat us. Our national dignity is safe,” Hossein a 30-year-old Tehran shopkeeper said, after his tears had dried. “I never thought I’d be this moved by a football match. Now I know I’m really Iranian.”

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Today’s final match kicks off at 6 p.m.

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Here’s where things stand after the 2-2 draw between Germany and Ghana.

- Germany cannot advance to the Round of 16 on Sunday.

- The United States can advance to the Round of 16 with a win over Portugal on Sunday.

- Ghana cannot be eliminated on Sunday.

- Portugal will be eliminated with a loss to the United States on Sunday.

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After a thrilling second half, Germany and Ghana finish with a 2-2 draw. That’s a good result for the USMNT.

Scoring summary:

GER – Mario Götze, 51′
GHA – André Ayew, 54′
Asamoah Gyan, 63′
Miroslav Klose, 71′

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That pun was totally intended.

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Cut the guy some slack, OK?

(Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

(Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

(Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

(Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

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These German fans will be bummed.

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Unbelievable. Less than one minute after subbing into the game, Germany’s Miroslav Klose ties the game 2-2 on his 15th career World Cup goal. That ties Ronaldo for the all-time record.

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Get down, Ghana, go ‘head get down.

The Black Stars’ fans are pretty happy, too.

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“This World Cup is the gift that keeps on giving!” Yep, pretty much.

Ghana takes a 2-1 lead on a goal by Asamoah Gyan in the 63rd minute.

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