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Messi eventually comes alive to inspire Argentina win over spirited Bosnia

Sead Kolasinac was the unlucky scorer of an own-goal before the Barcelona star added a second.

Messi scores his second ever goal in the World Cup.
Messi scores his second ever goal in the World Cup.
Image: EMPICS Sport

Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina

LIONEL MESSI SCORED a brilliant individual goal to bring Argentina out of their slumber and beat Bosnia 2-1 in the Balkan nation’s first appearance at the World Cup finals.

After giving away away the fastest own goal in World Cup history — two minutes and eight seconds — the Bosnians frustrated Messi and his superstar team-mates for much of the Group F clash in a Maracana stadium packed with Argentine fans.


Messi struck in the 64th minute, dancing around Bosnian players on the edge of the penalty area before firing past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic without even looking up to see where the goal was.

With just two minutes on the clock Messi also took a free kick on the left that Marcos Rojo headed onto the legs of Sead Kolasinac. The ball would have gone wide but the rebound flew past Begovic into the goal.

Bosnia recovered however, contained Messi and the rest of the Argentine strike force who appeared increasingly frustrated until the Barcelona superstar’s second half goal.

Even after going two goals down, Bosnia did not give up.

After 84 minutes, substitute Vedad Ibisevic picked up the ball in the Argentinian penalty area. The ball hit goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s legs and trickled into the goal setting up a finale that gave both teams plenty of nervous moments. Messi fired one shot into the side netting with an almost open goal.

Argentina next play Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Bosnia play Nigeria in Cuiaba the same day.

- © AFP, 2014

LIVE: Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina, World Cup 2014, Group F

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