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Messi scores as Argentina beat Bosnia 2-1

Published on Jun 16, 2014 7:58 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - The fastest-ever World Cup own goal and a typical piece of Lionel Messi brilliance gave Argentina a 2-1 win over tournament debutants Bosnia in their Group F clash at the Maracana on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Bosnia's first appearance in a major tournament got off to the worst possible start when Sead Kolasinac deflected the ball into his own net in the third minute but Argentina, odds-on favourites to top a group that also contains Nigeria and Iran, struggled to impose themselves for long periods.

Messi had been virtually anonymous but, in the 65th minute, he brought the stadium alive as he exchanged passes with Gonzalo Higuain before exploding past three defenders and then driving the ball in low off a post.

Bosnia looked down and out but pulled one back through Vedad Ibisevic to set up a nervous final few minutes for Argentina.

Bosnias defender Muhamed Besic (left) challenges Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP