Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates goal

Highlights: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Hercegovina

Lionel Messi scored a superb goal as Argentina began their World Cup campaign with a win over World Cup debutants Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Argentina went ahead when Messi's free-kick was put into his own net by defender Sead Kolasinac.

Messi then played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuain, jinked past two defenders and rifled in to make it 2-0.

Analysis

"We were sat there in the stadium and there was a real sense of disappointment throughout the crowd. Everyone wanted to see Lionel Messi light the place up, but I think he was playing with us and he came out in the second half and showed what he can do.

"He scored that goal and came to life, he was floating about and getting into some good positions. Messi was the defining factor."

The goal lifted Argentina and, despite Vedad Ibisevic slotting in late on for Bosnia-Hercegovina, they held on.

All eyes were on Messi in the first game of the tournament at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio and, even though the four-time World Player of the Year took time to get going, he announced his arrival in sparkling style with his goal.

The strike was his second World Cup goal in nine games and provided the one piece of mesmerising magic Messi managed in a game in which he and Argentina improved the longer it progressed.

The blue and white of Argentina fans was prominent at the spiritual home of fierce rivals and hosts Brazil, although they had to watch on as a disciplined Bosnia stifled their side for most of the first half.

There was huge hype around Messi and Argentina getting their campaign under way, and the forward helped his side take an early lead with his first meaningful touch.

Lionel Messi strike doubles Argentina lead

Lionel Messi scores sublime Argentina goal

He supplied the left wing free-kick which was flicked on by team-mate Marcos Rojo before the ball came off defender Kolasinac and went into his own net.

However, Argentina rarely looked like adding to the goal as they lacked pace and invention, while regularly giving the ball away.

Bosnia slowly settled into the match and created sporadic chances, starting with a Miralem Pjanic shot being punched away by keeper Sergio Romero.

Pjanic also opened up Argentina when he clipped a ball over the top of their defence, which Izet Hajrovic brought down only for Romero to quickly come out and save.

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano had a powerful low shot blocked away by Bosnia keeper Asmir Begovic before Bosnia again went close to equalising.

Key facts

  • Argentina captain Lionel Messi has scored 39 goals in 87 internationals
  • Messi played 623 minutes of World Cup football between his first and second goal. His first goal (v Serbia & Montenegro) was scored on 16th June 2006
  • Vedad Ibisevic has scored Bosnia-Hercegovina's first goal in World Cup history
  • Bosnia finished with more attempted shots (16) and more shots on target (6) than Argentina (12 and 2)

Source: Opta

Senad Lulic managed to steal in and get on the end of a corner but his low header was palmed away by Romero.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella brought on Higuain and Fernando Gago after the break and the move from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 worked as La Albiceleste had more urgency about them after the reshuffle.

The improvement culminated in Messi's eye-catching goal. He played a one-two with Higuain before his balance, poise and pace helped him to evade two Bosnia defenders on the way to arrowing in an 18-yard shot off the inside of the post.

Bosnia gave Argentina some late concern when Lulic slipped a pass through for Vedad Ibisevic to angle in a low shot with six minutes left, but Sabella's side avoided any more scares.

Bosnia-Hercegovina improved after letting in an early goal

Bosnia-Hercegovina improved after letting in an early own goal

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has 39 goals in 87 internationals

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has 39 goals in 87 internationals

Vedad Ibisevic celebrates scoring Bosnia-Hercegovina's first goal in World Cup history

Ibisevic celebrates scoring Bosnia-Hercegovina's first goal in World Cup history

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 04 Zabaleta
  • 16 Rojo Booked
  • 02 Garay
  • 17 Fernández
  • 03 Campagnaro (Gago - 45' )
  • 11 Rodríguez (Higuaín - 45' )
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 20 Agüero (Biglia - 87' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 07 Di María

Substitutes

  • 05 Gago
  • 06 Biglia
  • 08 Pérez
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 12 Orión
  • 13 Fernández
  • 15 Demichelis
  • 18 Palacio
  • 19 Álvarez
  • 21 Andujar
  • 22 Lavezzi
  • 23 Basanta

Bosnia-Hercegovina

  • 01 Begovic
  • 13 Mujdza (Ibisevic - 69' )
  • 05 Kolasinac
  • 07 Besic
  • 03 Bicakcic
  • 04 Spahic Booked
  • 20 Hajrovic (Visca - 71' )
  • 08 Pjanic
  • 11 Dzeko
  • 10 Misimovic (Medunjanin - 74' )
  • 16 Lulic

Substitutes

  • 02 Vrsajevic
  • 06 Vranjes
  • 09 Ibisevic
  • 12 Fejzic
  • 14 Susic
  • 15 Sunjic
  • 17 Ibricic
  • 18 Medunjanin
  • 19 Visca
  • 21 Hadzic
  • 22 Avdukic
  • 23 Salihovic
Ref: Joel Aguilar
Att: 74,738

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

2 6

Corners

2 6

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.

90:00 +1:50

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

87:47

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:47

Foul by Edin Visca (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

86:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Lucas Biglia replaces Sergio Agüero.

86:14

Attempt missed. Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

83:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1. Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Senad Lulic with a through ball.

83:17

Attempt saved. Edin Visca (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin.

81:10

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Emir Spahic.

80:57

Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:48

Attempt blocked. Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Senad Lulic.

79:07

Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Argentina).

79:07

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:01

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

75:50

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Gago.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Haris Medunjanin replaces Zvjezdan Misimovic.

73:17

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:17

Foul by Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

71:28

Hand ball by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

70:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Edin Visca replaces Izet Hajrovic.

69:49

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:49

Foul by Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

68:51

Attempt missed. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a headed pass following a corner.

68:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vedad Ibisevic replaces Mensur Mujdza.

68:05

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

64:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

64:01

Federico Fernández (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:01

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

63:26

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

62:16 Booking

Booking Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:06

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:06

Foul by Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

61:22

Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senad Lulic tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

60:20

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Zvjezdan Misimovic.

57:33

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

54:14

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

53:37

Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Senad Lulic.

52:48

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:48

Foul by Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

51:37

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:37

Foul by Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

49:22

Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48:31

Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).

48:31

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:59

Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sead Kolasinac tries a through ball, but Senad Lulic is caught offside.

45:54

Attempt blocked. Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

45:26

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Hugo Campagnaro.

45:00

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Maxi Rodríguez.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

42:43

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:43

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

42:14

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

40:39

Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:08

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

40:06

Attempt saved. Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

39:43

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

36:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:56

Delay in match Sergio Agüero (Argentina) because of an injury.

35:54

Delay in match Ermin Bicakcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) because of an injury.

33:47

Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:47

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

32:44

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

31:17

Attempt saved. Javier Mascherano (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:07

Attempt missed. Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

28:47

Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Izet Hajrovic tries a through ball, but Senad Lulic is caught offside.

28:20

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

28:20

Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27 Booking

Booking Marcos Rojo (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:21

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

24:21

Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:14

Attempt blocked. Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a headed pass.

20:25

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

17:28

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

16:10

Hand ball by Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

14:53

Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:53

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

14:18

Foul by Ángel Di María (Argentina).

14:18

Muhamed Besic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:01

Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:07

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

13:07

Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:53

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

8:53

Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:00

Federico Fernández (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:00

Dangerous play by Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

6:42

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

6:04

Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Argentina).

6:04

Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:54

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Emir Spahic.

4:12

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

3:44

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

3:44

Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:10 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Sead Kolasinac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

2:09

Attempt missed. Marcos Rojo (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross following a set piece situation.

1:35

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:35

Foul by Mensur Mujdza (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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