Register Login Scores

World Cup News

Messi Goal Saves Argentina

2014 FIFA World Cup

Group F

Teams: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Date: 15 June 2014

Venue: Maracana - Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho

Despite being closely marked all night Lionel Messi inspired his Argentine side to a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in their opening Group F, 2014 FIFA World Cup match at the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday.

It was the worst possible start for Bosinia who conceded a goal in the third minute when Sead Kolasinac turned a left-sided free-kick into his own net, 1-0.

After that, however, the Bosnia defence continuously frustrated the Argentine attack and in particular Messi who was swamped by two or three players every time he touched the ball.

The next effort on goal only came on the half hour mark when Javier Mascherano let fly from 25-yards out, but saw his effort well-saved by the keeper.

Bosnia were virtually non-existent in attack, but started to come to the party as the half neared its end.

Their first and only decent effort of the half came in the 40th minute when Senad Lulic met a corner-kick, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Sergio Romero.

The start of the second half saw Bosnia continue with their attacking pressure and they came close five minutes after the restart when Izet Hajrovic’s 24-yard free-kick was touched around the post by Romero in acrobatic fashion.

In the 65th minute Messi showed his worth when he beat two defenders before superbly curling the ball home from 20-yards out, the ball bouncing off the inside of the post and into the net, 2-0.

Bosnia tried to fight back and found a consolation goal in the 84th minute when Vedad Ibisevic broke behind the Argentine defence and slipped the ball under the onrushing keeper to make it 2-1.

Argentina, though, managed to hold on for the win and the first three points in Group F which also consists of Nigeria and Iran.


Top 5

Breaking: CAS Release Chiefs FIFA Ban Verdict

203 Oct 27, 2020 06:10 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Messi Sends Message To Ronaldo

16 Oct 25, 2020 08:30 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Sundowns Agree Deal In Principle For Defender

38 Oct 27, 2020 10:48 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

25 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Why Chiefs Can Register New Players – This Season!

34 Oct 28, 2020 06:33 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Set Record Straight On Mido!

32 Oct 27, 2020 01:15 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Furious Ronaldo Breaks Silence After Latest Positive COVID-19 Test

9 Oct 28, 2020 03:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Hunt Hails 'Outstanding' Young Chiefs Star

84 Oct 27, 2020 10:34 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

How Mosimane Helped Al Ahly Break Sundowns' Record

53 Oct 26, 2020 08:14 AM in Players Abroad

Downs Set Record Straight On Mido!

32 Oct 27, 2020 01:15 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

NPA's Latest Update On Lorch’s Court Case!   

17 Oct 27, 2020 05:33 PM in Orlando Pirates

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

3 Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Maritzburg Confirm Coaching Exit

4 Oct 27, 2020 03:31 PM in PSL