FIFA World Cup: Lionel Messi Scores as Argentina Make Winning Start vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
Lionel Messi scored his first FIFA World Cup goal since 2006 as Argentina got off to a winning start to their 2014 campaign, defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Group F match in Rio de Janeiro.
Lionel Messi scored a brilliant individual goal to bring Argentina out of their slumber and beat Bosnia 2-1 in the Balkan nation's first appearance at the World Cup finals on Sunday. (Lionel Messi thanks coach, fans for win)
After giving away away the fastest own goal in World Cup history -- two minutes and eight seconds -- the Bosnians frustrated Messi and his superstar teammates for much of the Group F clash in a Maracana stadium packed with Argentine fans. (In pics: Argentina fans party after opening win)
Messi struck in the 64th minute, dancing around Bosnian players on the edge of the penalty area before firing past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic without even looking up to see where the goal was.
With just two minutes on the clock Messi also took a free kick on the left that Marcos Rojo headed onto the legs of Sead Kolasinac. The ball would have gone wide but the rebound flew past Begovic into the goal.(Related read: Messi magic propels Argentina)
Bosnia recovered however, contained Messi and the rest of the Argentine strike force who appeared increasingly frustrated until the Barcelona superstar's second half goal.
Even after going two goals down, Bosnia did not give up.
After 84 minutes, substitute Vedad Ibisevic picked up the ball in the Argentinian penalty area. The ball hit goalkeeper Sergio Romero's legs and trickled into the goal setting up a finale that gave both teams plenty of nervous moments. Messi fired one shot into the side netting with an almost open goal.
Argentina next play Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Bosnia play Nigeria in Cuiaba the same day.