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    Argentina - Bosnia and Herzegovina 2:1 (1:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    15 June 2014 Rio De Janeiro /Maracană - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho 19:00 74738
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    BAFFOE Anthony (GHA)
    Fifth Official
    ACHIK Redouane (MAR)
    Referee
    AGUILAR Joel (SLV)
    Assistant Referee 1
    TORRES William (SLV)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ZUMBA Juan (SLV)
    Fourth Official
    HAIMOUDI Djamel (ALG)

    Total Goals scored

    Sead KOLASINAC (BIH) 3' Own goal, Lionel MESSI (ARG) 65' , Vedad IBISEVIC (BIH) 85'


    Argentina

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1
    ROMERO (GK)
    1
    BEGOVIĆ (GK)
    2
    GARAY
    3
    BIČAKČIĆ
    3
    CAMPAGNARO (-46')
    4
    SPAHIĆ (C)
    4
    ZABALETA
    5
    KOLAŠINAC
    7
    DI MARIA
    7
    BEŠIĆ
    10
    MESSI (C)
    8
    PJANIĆ
    11
    M. RODRIGUEZ (-46')
    10
    MISIMOVIĆ (-74')
    14
    MASCHERANO
    11
    DŽEKO
    16
    ROJO
    13
    MUJDŽA (-69')
    17
    F. FERNANDEZ
    16
    LULIĆ
    20
    AGUERO (-87')
    20
    HAJROVIĆ (-71')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ORION (GK)
    12
    FEJZIĆ (GK)
    21
    ANDUJAR (GK)
    22
    AVDUKIĆ (GK)
    5
    GAGO (+46')
    2
    VRŠAJEVIĆ
    6
    BIGLIA n (+87')
    6
    VRANJEŠ
    8
    PEREZ
    9
    IBIŠEVIĆ (+69')
    9
    HIGUAIN (+46')
    14
    SUŠIĆ
    13
    A. FERNANDEZ
    15
    ŠUNJIĆ
    15
    DEMICHELIS
    17
    IBRIČIĆ
    18
    PALACIO
    18
    MEDUNJANIN (+74')
    19
    ALVAREZ
    19
    VIŠĆA (+71')
    22
    LAVEZZI
    21
    HADŽIĆ
    23
    BASANTA
    23
    SALIHOVIĆ
    Coach Coach
    SABELLA Alejandro (ARG) SUSIC Safet (BIH)

    Cautions

    Marcos ROJO (ARG) 25' , Emir SPAHIC (BIH) 63'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel

    Lionel Messi created one goal and scored a brilliant second as Argentina kicked off their FIFA World Cup™ campaign with a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Barcelona star provided the spark in a largely tense and evenly matched encounter at the Maracana, which ended with La Albiceleste having taken an early lead in Group F. The Bosnians, meanwhile, will reflect on their dream World Cup debut having turned into a nightmare after just two minutes and eight seconds, when Sead Kolisinac scored the fastest own goal in the tournament's history. In fairness, the Bosnia left-back had next to no time to react after Lionel Messi's free-kick was flicked on by Marcos Rojo, with the ball skidding off his shins and beyond the helpless Asmir Begovic.

    The debutants, though, are made of stern stuff and refused to be demoralised by that sickening early blow. Within a few minutes, they were threatening an equaliser, with Sergio Romero called upon to race quickly and courageously from his line to save at the feet of the on-rushing Izet Hajrovic. And though this game was not as open or incident-filled as most of those that have preceded it at Brazil 2014, Safet Susic's side went close again five minutes before the interval when Senad Lulic's powerful header forced Romero into another smart stop at his near post. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella had clearly seen enough to concern him, for he made a double half-time substitution, introducing both Gonzalo Higuain and Fernando Gago to the action. It was, though, his starting forwards - Messi and Sergio Aguero - who combined for La Albiceleste's next opportunity, with the latter blazing wildly over from the latter's clever through ball.

    Messi had been fairly subdued in the first half but came to life again soon after when he jinked away from a couple of challenges and slid in Aguero for a shot that, on this occasion, forced Begovic into a solid save. The Argentina captain would not be denied, though, and with 65 minutes scored an early contender for goal of the tournament. Bursting purposefully forward from midfield, he worked an incisive one-two with Higuain, skipped around Ermin Bicakcic and curled a perfect left-foot shot low into the net off the inside of Begovic's right-hand post. The Maracana rose to salute a truly superb goal and, for Bosnia, there was no way back. Messi was now relishing the occasion and, having scored one and made another, he set about carving out a third, chipping through for Higuain, who sprang the offside trap only to head over. However, the debutants did at least ensure a dramatic finale when Vedad Ibisevic raced through and squeezed a left-foot shot between the legs of Romero with five minutes remaining. The damage had been done, though, and Susic's side will now hope to regain some ground in their remaining group matches against Iran and Nigeria.

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    Argentina-Bosnia and Herzegovina: Quotes

    Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach
    It was an even game right from the start, though the second half was a little more entertaining. We started to make more chances when Higuain came on and we got the second goal, which helped us settle down. I can’t really have any complaints about the result. Perhaps we made an error or two, and I’m sure I got one or two things wrong, but we should cherish these three points because the Bosnians were no pushovers.

    Safet Susic, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach
    We wanted to give the favourites a fight and I’m satisfied with what we did. I knew our fans would be cheering us on, but we’ve also had an amazing welcome from the people of Brazil.

    Lionel Messi (Argentina), Budweiser Man of the Match
    It’s only normal to feel a little bit anxious and nervous in the first game. The main thing is just to get the win. We made more chances in the second half, and though there are some things we need to work on, what matters are the three points. It was an important goal for me, but even more importantly it sealed the win for us. We got a fantastic reception here. I wasn’t expecting there to be so many Argentinians and it was something we spoke about when we arrived. We’re off to Belo Horizonte now and I hope we have the same atmosphere there.

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