16 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 11th Match in Pictures

Lionel Messi scored a trademark individual goal as Argentina opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over Bosnia-Hercegovina at Rio de Janeiro's renovated Maracana on Sunday.

The Barcelona superstar created the third-minute own goal by Sead Kolasinac with which Argentina went ahead, but it took a mid-match tactical shift for him to really start influencing proceedings.

In the 65th minute he scored a goal befitting of the iconic 78,800-seater stadium, collecting the ball deep and exchanging passes with Gonzalo Higuain before darting past a pair of defenders and slamming home via the base of the left-hand post.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during a Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Bosnian fans cheer during a Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's forward Vedad Ibisevic celebrates after scoring a goal.

Argentina's defender Ezequiel Garay jumps to kick the ball.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's midfielder Miralem Pjanic shoots the ball during a Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium

Argentinian football fans watch the FIFA World Cup match against Bosnia-Hercegovina on a giant screen at San Martin Square, in Buenos Aires.

Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella gestures during match against Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Argentina's defenders Ezequiel Garay and Marcos Rojo (L) celebrate after Bosnia Hercegovina scored an own goal.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's midfielder Izet Hajrovic controls the ball.


Argentina's fan cheers before the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal.

Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero (back) blocks a shot on goal by Bosnia-Hercegovina's midfielder Izet Hajrovic.

Argentinian football fans watch the FIFA World Cup match against Bosnia-Hercegovina on a giant screen at San Martin Square, in Buenos Aires.

Argentina's wear a mask of Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's defender and captain Emir Spahic (L) challenges Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (back) fails to stop a goal.

Bosnia-Hercegovina's team (from top L) midfielder Senad Lulic, midfielder Izet Hajrovic, midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic, midfielder Mensur Mujdza, forward Edin Dzeko, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, (from bottom L) midfielder Miralem Pjanic, Ermin Bicakcic, defender and captain Emir Spahic, defender Sead Kolasinac and defender Muhamed Besic poses for picture.

Argentina's national team players (top L-R) defender Marcos Rojo, midfielder Javier Mascherano, defender Ezequiel Garay, defender Federico Fernandez, goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defender Hugo Campagnaro, (bottom L-R) midfielder Angel Di Maria, forward and captain Lionel Messi, defender Pablo Zabaleta, midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and forward Sergio Aguero pose for photo.

(AFP Photo)

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