Argentina Vs Bosnia and Herzegovina , Group F - Live Score


Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Group F, FIFA World Cup 2014

Argentina: Argentina come into the tournament with a very balanced squad and should breeze through the group stage. Lionel Messi will look to add to his World Cup tally of a solitary goal. On paper, they have one of the best sides in the tournament and the team is peaking at the right time. Argentina is one of the pre-tournament favourites and with players like Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain we won’t doubt the football pundits.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only debutant at the 2014 World Cup. Despite a team sprinkled with players from big leagues and spearheaded by Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, there are concerns over the Dragons could suffer from first-time nerves. Many believe they have already achieved a lot by playing in the finals but Bosnian have set their hearts on upsetting the big boys of international football.


Total Matches Played: 2

Argentina 2 Wins, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 Win, 0 Draw



Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Hugo Campagnaro, Federico Fernandez, Marcos Rojo; Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi (capt), Sergio Aguero

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Asmir Begovic; Mensur Mujdza, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic (capt), Sead Kolasinac; Muhamed Besic, Miralem Pjanic; Izet Hajrovic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senad Lulic; Edin Dzeko

Referee: Joel Aguilar (ESA)


(184 Mins)

This brings this live commentary to an end. Thanks for joining us.

(181 Mins)

Despite their lacklustre performance, Argentina should now progress to the next stage without too much hassle on the back of this win. They will face Iran in five days time, while Bosnia will play against Nigeria in their next match.

(176 Mins)

Messi looked a shadow of the world-class player he is for large parts of the game. But La Pulga eventually reminded us why he is regarded as one of the all-time best with a brilliant goal that put the match beyond Bosnia.

(174 Mins)

Bosnia can come away from this game with lots of positives. The Balkans outplayed their theoretically superior opponents for large spells of the game, but they eventually ran out of steam in the crucial closing stages.

(173 Mins)

Argentina start their World Cup campaign with an hard-earned win over Bosnia.

(171 Mins)

FULL-TIME - Argentina 2 - 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina (Kolasinac OG, Messi, Ibisevic)

(170 Mins)

Bosnia are charging forward but they seem to lack discipline in attack now.

(169 Mins)

It is an historic moment as Ibisevic scores the first ever World Cup goal for Bosnia.

(168 Mins)

There will be three minutes of added time.

(168 Mins)

Bosnia have one minute left plus stoppage time to find an equaliser.

(167 Mins)

The Argentinian has promptly recovered and is back in play.

(166 Mins)

Messi is brought down by Visca and is clutching his ankle.

(165 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Biglia is on for Argentina.

(163 Mins)

There is still life in this game. Lulic finds a pocket of space in the Argentinian defence and slips a though-ball to Ibisevic left unmarked on left hand side of the box. The striker controls the ball accurately and fires it in between Romeros legs.

(162 Mins)

GOAL - Argentina 2 - Bosnia 1 (Ibisevic)

(159 Mins)

Argentina have a chance on the counter attack. Messi breaks away quickly at the halfway line and serves the ball to Aguero down to his right. His cross is deflected by a Bosnian defender for a corner kick.

(158 Mins)

Messi dribbles past Bicakcic before rifling the ball past Begovic.

(156 Mins)

It is hard to see a way back into this game for Bosnia now. Theyll need to produce something magic in the last 10 minutes to turn it around.

(154 Mins)

Aguero bursts through the Bosnia backline and gets a show away. His finish is not very precise though and does not trouble Begovic who watches the ball go out of play.

(153 Mins)

This is starting to look like a different game now. Argentina are very much in control of the ball and the Bosnian players seem to be running out of energy.

(152 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Misimovic is replaced by Medunjanin

(151 Mins)

Argentinian supporters go wild at the Maracana stadium as their hero Messi doubles Argentinas lead.

(148 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Susic makes another change. Visca is on for Hajrovic.

(147 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Ibisevic comes on to replace Mudjza. Susic switches to an attacking formation in the hope to salvage something from this game.

(146 Mins)

Leo Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal in his World Cup career.

(143 Mins)

After a difficult 65 minutes Messi puts his name on the scoresheet. La Pulga skips past two Bosnian defenders and fires a low drive that bounces off the woodwork and dances on the line before going at the back of the net.

(143 Mins)

GOAL - Argentina 2 - 0 Bosnia (Messi)

(142 Mins)

Messi hits a free kick poorly and sends the ball way off target.

(141 Mins)

Miralem Pjanic has been outstanding so far tonight. This season he has been shining in a superb Roma side, that finished second in Serie A.

(138 Mins)

Glimpses of quality from Messi. He fights to get hold of the ball on the edge of the box before dribbling past a Bosnian defender and passing the ball to his right. The resulting strike is too central and does nothing to trouble Begovic.

(136 Mins)

Hajrovic sends a well-timed curling cross into the box. Fernandez anticipates Romero coming off his line to head the ball away.

(133 Mins)

Argentinian strikers have been failing to link up so far. Not something many would have expected from such a quality front four.

(131 Mins)

Is Safet Susic going to take further risks now? If Ibisevic was brought on, Argentinas back line could easily get overloaded.

(129 Mins)

Argentina living dangerously here. Roja sweeps the ball away from the box with a rabona while two Bosnian players are pressing him.

(127 Mins)

CHANCE for Bosnia - The Balkans have a dangerous free kick in a central position just 20 metres off the goal. The resulting strike, however, goes straight into the hands of Romero.

(125 Mins)

Sabella was clearly not impressed by how his players performed in the first half.

(124 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Gago comes on for Campagnaro.

(124 Mins)

Were back underway.

(123 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Rodriguez makes way for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

(122 Mins)

The teams are heading back onto the pitch for the second half. There seems to be a couple of substitutions.

(120 Mins)

Bosnian coach Susic played a very attacking-minded side with two pure strikers, Dzeko and Ibisevic, and three attacking midfields stationed just behind them during qualification. Today, however, he has opted for a more balanced formation to counter the threat of Argentina. Will he change his tactics in the second half or stick to his original plans?

(116 Mins)

Kolasinacs own goal was the fastest in World Cup history. He probably wont be proud to hold that record.

(111 Mins)

Lionel Messi has put on a lacklustre performance in the first half. He has been giving the ball away too easily on many occasions tonight. Is he struggling to cope with pressure?

(108 Mins)

Argentina have taken an early lead courtesy of an own goal by a very unfortunate Sead Kolasinac. The feeling, however, is that Bosnia have been the better side in this first half. The Balkans have hit back convincingly after going down and look dangerous every time they come forward.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Argentina 1 - 0 Bosnia - Herzegovina (Sead Kolasinac - OG)

(106 Mins)

There will be one minute of added time.

(104 Mins)

Mascherano controls a looping pass beautifully on the left hand side of the box. His cross, however, is easily blocked by Begovic before Aguero can head it home.

(101 Mins)

CHANCE for Bosnia. On a corner kick Lulic leaps higher than the Argentinian defenders to send a powerful header towards the goal. Romero makes a brilliant diving save and pushes the ball round the post.

(100 Mins)

The Bosnian defence is doing much better than expected. They are very composed and are closing down well on the Argentinian forwards on every occasion.

(98 Mins)

Manchester Citys Edin Dzeko has scored 10 goals in 10 qualifying matches for Bosnia.

(96 Mins)

Lulic runs in front of his marker Campagnaro in the middle of the box to get on the end of a looping cross. The Bosnian, though, cannot latch onto the ball, which eventually goes out of play.

(93 Mins)

Dzeko wins a ball on the edge of box and strikes towards Romero. But the shot goes wide over the cross bar. Not a great finish from the Bosnian striker.

(91 Mins)

Referee Joel Aguilar shows Rojo the first yellow card of todays game.

(90 Mins)

Lulic receives a curling cross from the left hand side and is free to get a shot on target from close range. The linesman, though, has his flag up. Its offside.

(87 Mins)

Bosnia are on the front foot again. The debutants are not afraid to run forward and play an attacking game that puts the Argentinians under pressure.

(85 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Rojo is the first man to go into the referees book after hacking down a Bosnian player on the left hand side.

(84 Mins)

Lionel Messi battles it out with the Bosnian defenders in the box. "La Pulga" has managed to score just one goal in eight World Cup appearances.

(81 Mins)

Hajrovic tries to anticipate Romero and flick the ball towards goal. The Argentinian keeper, however, manages to punch the ball away before he can get a touch on it.

(80 Mins)

Bosnia are enjoying most of the possession right now as Argentina seem content to sit a little bit deeper and hit on the counter attack.

(79 Mins)

Misimovic gets the ball off Lionel Messi. Were in for a great battle between these two players tonight.

(77 Mins)

Messi does not seem to be on top form tonight. He has been easily dispossessed by the Bosnian defenders nearly every time he has got a touch on the ball so far.

(75 Mins)

Pjanic sends the ball straight into the wall and wastes what could have been a good opportunity.

(74 Mins)

Misimovic is tackled on the edge of the box and there will be a dangerous free kick for Bosnia.

(72 Mins)

Argentina are orchestrating the ball well in midfield before bursting forward with their fast attacking players. There is definitely no lack of quality in this Argentinian side.

(70 Mins)

The eagerly-awaited stars of todays game, Messi and Dzeko, have not yet been called into action.

(68 Mins)

Bosnia are reacting quite well to the early Argentina goal. They are trying to make inroads into the opposite defence and create scoring chances.

(67 Mins)

The poor Bosnian defender watches the ball cross the line to beat his own goalkeeper.

(64 Mins)

What a start for Argentina. The South Americans are in front after only three minutes. A Messi free kick is flicked on by Rojo towards the far post. The ball bounces off the shin of Kolasinac that sends it in his own goal.

(63 Mins)

GOAL - Argentina 1 - 0 Bosnia (Kolasinac - own goal)

(62 Mins)

Mujdza brings down Aguero on the left hand side. Free kick for Argentina in a promising position.

(61 Mins)

KICK-OFF - Were off. Argentina get the game underway.

(57 Mins)

Tens of thousands of Argentinian fans have flooded Rio de Janeiro today. They are in high spirits ahead of a game that, they hope, will kick-start a positive World Cup campaign.

(54 Mins)

The two teams are heading out onto the field of play for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from kick-off.

(53 Mins)

Regardless of the final score, it will be an historic day for Bosnia. This game, in fact, marks their World Cup debut just 19 years after the country came out of a brutal civil war. The Dragons, however, will not want to be simple spectators in Brazil. Under the guidance of Safet Susic, they have topped their qualification group ahead of Greece, stringing together a run of 13 undefeated games along the way.

(52 Mins)

Needless to say, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi as he takes centre stage in Rio de Janeiro tonight. Despite having scored a monstrous 243 goals in 238 games for Barcelona, the Argentinian superstar has failed to leave his mark in previous international tournaments. Will he finally rise to the occasion and lead his team to glory on the enemy’s own turf?

(50 Mins)

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (4-5-1): Begovic; Mujdza, Spahic, Kolasinac, Bicakcic; Hajrovic, Pjanic, Misimovic; Besic, Lulic; Dzeko.

(50 Mins)

ARGENTINA (5-3-2): Romero; Zabaleta, Campagnaro, Fernandez, Garay, Marcos Rojo; Mascherano, Maxi Rodriguez, Di Maria; Aguero, Messi.

(43 Mins)

Hello and welcome to the AFP Live Commentary as Argentina and Bosnia – Herzegovina go head-to-head at the legendary Maracana stadium in the opening match of group F.

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