Argentina 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stoke keeper beaten twice

Argentina 2 - 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 3" Sead Kolasinac (og)
  • 65" Lionel Messi
  • 84" Vedad Ibisevic

Ref: Joel Aguilar
Attendance: 74,738

Argentina Fan with Flag

Lionel Messi scored at the Maracana to help Argentina get off to a winning start by beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1.

Argentina scored within three minutes; it was talisman Messi who delivered a free-kick from the left wing. Marcos Rojo won the header in the middle of the six-yard box, however, his header was off target. But to his and Argentina’s fortunes, it bounced off Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac and went into the goal, sending the thousands of Argentines inside the Maracana into ecstasy.

The first half was quiet overall, with Bosnia more than holding their own in their first match in a World Cup. However, at half time, Argentina made two substitutions and put Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero up front and moved Messi and Angel di Maria just behind them.

Then came the moment everyone inside the Maracana was waiting for - a Messi goal. Picking up the ball 40 yards out, the Barcelona man beat two defenders, played a one-two with Higuain, moved his way to edge of Bosnia’s box, and with the ball on his left, he nonchalantly placed it in off the post to score his first goal of the World Cup.

Bosnia, who played well all night, managed to make history when Vedad Ibisevic scored his country’s first goal in a World Cup. However, his strike proved no more than a consolation and Messi’s Argentina won 2-1 at the Maracana.

Statistics

Argentina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Possession

58.9%
41.1%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Argentina

  • Sergio Romero
  • Federico Fernández
  • Marcos Rojo
  • Hugo Campagnaro
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Ezequiel Garay
  • Ángel Di María
  • Maxi Rodríguez
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Lionel Messi
  • Sergio Agüero

Substitutes

  • Rodrigo Palacio
  • Martín Demichelis
  • Ricardo Álvarez
  • Lucas Biglia
  • José Basanta
  • Agustín Orión
  • Fernando Gago
  • Enzo Pérez
  • Gonzalo Higuaín
  • Augusto Fernández
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • Mariano Andujar

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Ermin Bicakcic
  • Mensur Mujdza
  • Sead Kolasinac
  • Emir Spahic
  • Izet Hajrovic
  • Zvjezdan Misimovic
  • Muhamed Besic
  • Senad Lulic
  • Miralem Pjanic
  • Edin Dzeko

Substitutes

  • Sejad Salihovic
  • Asmir Avdukic
  • Toni Sunjic
  • Edin Visca
  • Avdija Vrsajevic
  • Tino Susic
  • Jasmin Fejzic
  • Senijad Ibricic
  • Vedad Ibisevic
  • Haris Medunjanin
  • Ognjen Vranjes
  • Anel Hadzic

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