Lionel Messi scored in the first match of Group F of the World Cup in Brazil to help Argentina defeat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The goal was Messi’s second World Cup goal ever for Argentina, as he went scoreless for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
As reported, Argentina took the lead early in the game with a set play. Lionel Messi took the kick and placed it right on the penalty area as the ball scraped Argentine defender Marcos Rojo’s head. The ball continue to travel hitting Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac on the side of the leg, which caused the ball to go into the net. The own goal happened in the 3rd minute of the match.
Argentina played very calmly with no intensity and controlled the game with a few outbursts from Bosnia. Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who plays in Italy for AS Roma, led the attack for his team creating some threatening attacks.
Messi in the meantime kept trying his individual play-making but Bosnia would shut it down quick. It was not until the second half that Lionel Messi decided to shine.
Messi finally got his play-making down in the 65th minute by faking a few defenders and taking a shot with his left from the top of the box. His shot hit the post and went into the net as the Argentine crowd went wild at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil.
The rest of the game was too relaxed as Argentina maintained control of the ball. However, Bosnia got away with a play and scored in the 84th minute, via Vedad Ibisevic. Argentina had let their guard down and paid for it.
The only reason why this was a convincing victory for Argentina is the fact that Lionel Messi scored, the expected hero. Otherwise, Argentina did not display any intensity or have any fire in their play-making the whole match.
In the end, Bosnia and Herzegovina played harder despite their loss to the favorite Argentina and could have sprung a surprise. The South Americans including Lionel Messi seemed to play too mellow in this match and only managed to score one real goal.