Argentina 2 - 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Match info: World Cup - Gp F at Estadio do Maracana

Date: 15/06/2014 KO: 23:00 Ref: J Aguilar Att: 74,738

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Sead Kolasinac 3 (og)
Lionel Messi 65



Vedad Ibisevic 84

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • The final whistle goes and Argentina have got their World Cup campaign up and running with a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Messi scored a sublime goal in the second half but Argentina were made to work by a battling Bosnia aide and will feel there is a lot of room for improvement.

  • Messi tries to restore Argentina's two-goal cushion but shoots into the side-netting after a strong run.

  • Argentina are keeping possession really well to just stifle Bosnia's attempts to snatch a late equaliser.

  • The crowd is in great voice again, with the Brazilians fans in the ground very much in support of Bosnia and roaring the underdogs on.

  • Argentina boss Sabella responds to that goal by bringing on Biglia for Aguero, shoring things up for the final few minutes.

  • GOAL! Bosnia do now have their first World Cup goal, and a lifeline in this match, thanks to Ibisevic. The substitute times his run perfectly to latch on to Pjanic's pass, and squeezes a shot through the legs of the onrushing Romero from a narrow angle.

  • Bosnia are still determined to get their first goal at a World Cup finals as Visca tests Romero with a long-range effort, but the keeper has no trouble keeping it out.

  • Bosnia are caught on the counter-attack and Argentina have three versus three as they break. However, Messi is unable to get on to Aguero's return pass as Spahic retrieves the situation with a diving interception.

  • Argentina are just enjoying themselves now, keeping possession comfortably in midfield and making Bosnia chase shadows.

  • Messi chips a clever pass forward for Higuain, but he cannot quite untangle his body to direct his header on goal and the ball loops over Begovic's bar.

  • A fantastic first touch from Aguero sets him off on a quick run from just inside the Bosnia half before he goes for goal from 25 yards and shoots just wide.

  • It would be wrong to say that Bosnia's resistance has been broken, but it is looking like a very easy game for Argentina just at the moment.

  • Medunjanin comes on for Misimovic as Bosnia make their third change in quick succession.

  • It may not have been a vintage Argentina display but they have been disciplined in defence and, with the attacking weapons at their disposal, that is a lethal combination.

  • Bosnia quickly make a second change, replacing Hajrovic with Visca for the final 20 minutes.

  • Bosnia's first change sees Ibisevic come on for Mujdza in an attacking move from coach Susic.

  • Argentina now look like a transformed side as they go in search of a third goal, suddenly finding their range with their passing.

  • GOAL! Messi makes it 2-0 with a majestic finish. He may not have had a great night but this is a wonderful goal from the Barcelona maestro, who cuts in from the right and, after exchanging a one-two with Higuain on the edge of the area, glides majestically away from a couple of challenges before finishing brilliantly from 18 yards with a low shot that goes in off Begovic's left-hand post.

  • Messi steps up to take the free-kick 25 yards from goal but blazes it high over the crossbar.

  • Spahic is booked for a bad foul on Aguero after coming through the back of the Manchester City striker, and holds his hands up in acceptance as the card is issued.


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