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World Cup: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Hercegovina

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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.

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.

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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.

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 own goal
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has 39 goals in 87 internationals
Ibisevic celebrates scoring Bosnia-Hercegovina's first goal in World Cup history

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 17Fernández
  • 16RojoBooked at 25mins
  • 3CampagnaroSubstituted forGagoat 45'minutes
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 2Garay
  • 7Di María
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forHiguaínat 45'minutes
  • 14Mascherano
  • 10Messi
  • 20AgüeroSubstituted forBigliaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gago
  • 6Biglia
  • 8Pérez
  • 9Higuaín
  • 12Orión
  • 13Fernández
  • 15Demichelis
  • 18Palacio
  • 19Álvarez
  • 21Andujar
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 23Basanta

Bos-Herze

  • 1Begovic
  • 3Bicakcic
  • 13MujdzaSubstituted forIbisevicat 69'minutes
  • 5Kolasinac
  • 4SpahicBooked at 63mins
  • 20HajrovicSubstituted forViscaat 71'minutes
  • 10MisimovicSubstituted forMedunjaninat 74'minutes
  • 7Besic
  • 16Lulic
  • 8Pjanic
  • 11Dzeko

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsajevic
  • 6Vranjes
  • 9Ibisevic
  • 12Fejzic
  • 14Susic
  • 15Sunjic
  • 17Ibricic
  • 18Medunjanin
  • 19Visca
  • 21Hadzic
  • 22Avdukic
  • 23Salihovic
Referee:
Joel Aguilar
Attendance:
74,738

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamBos-Herze
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.
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.
Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Edin Visca (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Lucas Biglia replaces Sergio Agüero.
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.

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.
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.
Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Emir Spahic.
Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Senad Lulic.
Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Argentina).
Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Gago.

Substitution

Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Haris Medunjanin replaces Zvjezdan Misimovic.
Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Hand ball by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

Substitution

Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Edin Visca replaces Izet Hajrovic.
Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vedad Ibisevic replaces Mensur Mujdza.
Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

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.
Federico Fernández (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Sergio Agüero (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emir Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senad Lulic tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.
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.
Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.
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.
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.
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Senad Lulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Federico Fernández (Argentina).
Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sead Kolasinac tries a through ball, but Senad Lulic is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.
Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Hugo Campagnaro.

Second Half

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Maxi Rodríguez.

Half Time

First Half ends, Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
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.
Attempt saved. Izet Hajrovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Sergio Romero.
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.
Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Sergio Agüero (Argentina) because of an injury.
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As It Stood

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