Argentina hold out for a narrow victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina
Posted: 16 June 2014 Time: 02:12
Argentina with an unconvincing performance in their opening World Cup match, but manage to walk away 2-1 victors over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Estadio do Maracanâ.
Argentina got off to a good start as they won a free kick in a dangerous position, which Angel Di Maria delivered into the Bosnian area, only for Kolasinac to knock the ball into his own net.
Not much action after the own goal, with both sides going forward without any real menace. Passing in the final third from either side went wayward in their attempts to find space through the defences.
A double change at half-time and a change in formation for Argentina, saw Fernando Gago replacing Campagnaro and Gonzalo Higuain introduces in place of Maxi Rodriguez.
The double change seemed to have sparked some inspiration in the Argentinian attack with Di Maria, Aguero and Messi combining well and putting pressure on the Bosnian defence.
Seconds after a dismal free-kick in a good area, Messi doubled Argentina’s lead after a neat one-two with Higuain, slotting home into the bottom left corner of Begovic’s goal - the Argentine captain's first World Cup goal in his last eight attempts.
Ibisevic pulled one back for Bosnia, scoring their first ever World Cup goal, and the World Cup debutants looked as though they could pull off a come-back.
It wasn’t to be though as a tired, nervous-looking Argentina held out for the three points to go top of Group F ahead of Nigeria vs Iran.