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.