Messi scores stunner as Albiceleste scrape win scores stunner as Albiceleste scrape win

Argentina were 2-1 victorious against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the latter’s first-ever World Cup game, but the giants many have touted as the team most likely to spoil Brazil’s coronation were hardly convincing in doing so.

The Maracana saw its World Cup debut to host Brazil’s great rivals, but with Argentina lining up in an unfamiliar and surprising 5-3-1-1 formation, the first half was a story of dour football and a game that was too close to comfort for the Argentine fans.

A Sead Kolasinac own-goal after three minutes had Argentina in front, but it was not until Alejandro Sabella made a decisive double-switch at half-time to a more attacking formation that his side improved, with Messi scoring a magnificent solo goal to make it 2-1, before Vedad Ibisevic set up a tense finale.

Bosnia got off to pretty much the worst start possible in the country’s biggest game so far when Marcos Rojo’s header from a Messi free-kick deflected in off Kolasinac, giving Argentina an early lead.


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