A messy win by Argentina

June 16, 2014 at 2:11 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina, Argentina News, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina News, News, Popular

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Even before kick-off the spotlight was fixed on Lionel Messi, removing all the pressure off debutants Bosnia and Herzogovina to perform comfortably. It seems the Argentines expected the Bosnians to be walk over as they never stretched Bosnian’s defence as eagerly expected.

The atmosphere in the stadium was like that in Buenos Aries with Argentine fans clad in the traditional light blue kit, occupying most parts of the stand. They erupted when Argentina went in the lead through an own goal by Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac.

The goal seems to have injected life into the Bosnian side as they controlled the rest of the first half through their countless attempts at their opponent’s goal.

The second half had happenings of the first with the glorified Argentine attack still not coming to the party while the Europeans kept trying to score that elusive equaliser.

It was around the 60th minute that Messi came to his own, taking on the Bosnian defence with the same command he possesses when he puts on the Barcelona jersey by scoring his side’s first official goal at the tournament and also giving Argentina a 2-0 lead.

As expected, it sprung some life to his teammates with players such as Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria stretching and putting pressure on the Bosnian defence.

The crowd was silenced towards the end of the game when Bosnian forward Vedad Ibisevic scored a consolation goal to give the South Americans a scare.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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