- 90+3'FT: Messi's wonder strike earns the win for Argentina after an own goal had put them ahead. Ibisevic pulled one back late on, but the South Americans held on.
- 90+2'Chance for Messi.... side netting. That would have wrapped it up!
- 90+1'Bosnia leaving big gaps at the back as they try to get that equaliser.
- 90'Three minutes of added time.
- 89'Messi goes down and wins a free kick. That'll eat up vital seconds for Argentina.
- 88'ARGENTINA sub: Biglia on for Aguero.
- Argentina Substitution
- 87'Medunjanin lets rip from distance but it's well over the bar.
- 86'Bosnia pouring forward now. It's been a World Cup of upsets - can the Dragons add to it?
- 85'GOAL! Bosnia are back in it! Ibisevic races onto an exquisite through ball and just about squeezes it under Romero. Can they pull off the comeback?
- Bosnia-Herzegovina Goal
Left Footed - Bottom Left
- 84'PHOTO: The moment that all-but ended Bosnian hopes.
- 83'Argentina's corner comes to nothing.
- 82'Pjanic sees a shot blocked by Mascherano and Argentina break at speed. Messi plays it out to Aguero on the right and his low cross is a real danger, but Spahic does brilliantly to get a foot on it and put it behind for a corner.
- 81'More of that Messi magic...
- 79'Higuain rises to head a cross from the right over the top on the stretch. It's all Argentina now.
- 78'Magnificent first touch by Aguero kills a high ball dead. The Man City man rampages at goal but then sears a low effort whistling past the post.
- 77'It's a good start for Messi but he still has a lot to do to make this HIS tournament.
- 76'Di Maria gets to the left-hand byline but floats his cross out of play.
- 75'Final Bosnia sub: Misimovc off, Haris Medunjanin on.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina Substitution
- 73'PHOTO: Is this going to be Messi's World Cup?
- 72'Di Maria produces a rabona but the attack comes to nothing. Argentina now enjoying their football and looking strong.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina Substitution
- 71'BOSNIA sub: Hajrovic off, Visca on.
- 70'PHOTO: Aguero shields the ball.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina Substitution
- 69'BOSNIA sub: Mujda off, Ibisevic on.
- 68'That goal really was vintage Messi. Now, can he take the confidence from it and really show the tournament what he is capable of.
- 67'Argentina have their tails up and it's almost a third as a left-wing cross is flicked back across goal by Aguero on the stretch, but a defender gets back to nod it away from underneath his own bar.
- 66'That's Messi's 39th goal for Argentina.
- 65'GOOOOAAAAALLL! MESSI! It's trademark Messi as he turns in the midfield and exchanges a one-two with Higuain before side-stepping another challenge and placing a superb effort into the corner via the post.
- Argentina Goal
Left Footed - Bottom Left
- 65'A poor attempt from Messi curls into the night sky. It hasn't been the evening he'd have hoped for. Still time, mind you.
- 64'Free kick to Argentina 30 yards out. Here comes Messi...
- Bosnia-Herzegovina Yellow card
- 63'Aguero is tumbled by Spahic and he quite rightly picks up a yellow.
- 61'La Albiceleste suddenly looking a bit more lively. Bosnia are pressing and it's giving Messi room. The playmaker cuts towards the right of the area and tees up Aguero who fires in a low shot that Begovic gets down to hold.
- 60'Close for Argentina as a delightful one-touch volley pass deceives the Bosnian defence, but Messi can't quite take it in his stride.
- 59'A corner from the right breaks to the left side of the area for Lulic who wastes a superb position by overhitting his cross.
- 58'Hajrovic has been dangerous on that righ flank and he whips in another superb ball that is brilliantly defended with Dzeko lurking and Romero in no man's land.
- 57'Argentina still lacking a cutting edge, which is surprising when you consider that they scored more goals than any other South American side in qualifying (35).
- 56'A shot of that sublime rabona clearance moments ago.
- 55'Chance for Argentina as Gago feeds Messi who in turn plays in Aguero on the left of the area, but the Man City man curves way over the bar.
- 54'Hajrovic jinks in from the right and fizzes in a shot that Romero is again equal to.
- 53'The Argentina switch has been met with approval by some members of the press.
- 52'Awesome clearance by Rojo who gets caught under pressure in his own area and pulls off a rabona to clear his lines. Classy.
- 52'STAT: Argentina have won nine and lost just one of their last 12 World Cup group games (D2), scoring 24 and conceding just four in total in this run.
- 51'Hajrovic curls the free kick over the wall but straight into the arms of Romero.
- 50'Fernandez goes right through the back of Dzeko 28 yards from goal. A real opportunity for Bosnia here.
- 49'Sabella was clearly unimpressed by what he saw in that first half. The double change has led to a switch in formation with four at the back now, instead of the five.
- 48'A stat that illustrates how unlucky Bosnia have been tonight.
- 47'An early corner for Bosnia is cleared to the edge of the box where a shot from distance hits a body of players.
- 46'Bosnia restart the match. Argentina have made a double sub with Higuain on for Maxi and Gago on for Campagnaro.
- Argentina Substitution
- Argentina Substitution
- 45+1'HT: One minute of time added ends with nothing of note taking place. It's petered out at 1-0. That early own goal is the difference in a game edged by Bosnia.
- 45'Danger for the Golden Lilies as Messi cuts in from the right, but again the Barcelona forward disappoints.
- 44'If Bosnia go in 1-0 down they can feel hard done by. An early own goal was a shocking start, but since then they have had the better openings.
- 43'Mascherano drills a cross in towards Aguero but Begovic is there with safe hands. The City man has been feeding on scraps in this first period.
- 42'Good approach play on the counter attack sees Besic hoof it out of play from a central area. It looked promising on the right with Lulic, but they opted to work it back into midfield and it went pear-shaped from there.
- 41'GREAT SAVE! A corner from the right is met by a bullet header by Lulic who can only watch on in dismay as Romero dives to his left to tip it around the post.
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- 39'STAT: Bosnia-Herzegovina are the only country making their World Cup debut in 2014. Since 1950, the best record for a side making their debut is third, achieved by Portugal in 1966 and Croatia in 1998.
- 38'PHOTO: The Argentine players celebrate that third minute opening goal... not much action since though.
- 37'A brief stoppage as Aguero receives treatment for a knock in an aerial challenge with Ermin Bicakcic.
- 36'Lulic tries to spin onto a cross from the right inside the area, but his touch is heavy and he has no chance of getting a shot away. Better control may have given him a sight of goal.
- 35'The football festival in the stands is more impressive than on the pitch at the moment. Very loud.
- 34'Dzeko tries his luck from ditance but blazes it over the top.
- 33'A legendary stopper who may have appreciated that Begovic save isn't too impressed by Argentina thus far.
- 32'SAVE! Mascherano has a dig from 25 yards and forces Begovic to push it away. In fairness, it was straight at him.
- 31'A first sight of goal for ex-Liverpool midfielder, Maxi who lofts a shot over the top from 30 yards.
- 30'PHOTO: Messi takes the congratulations despite it being an own goal.
- 28'Messi tries to pick out Zabaleta on the right but overhits his pass. It just hasn't happened for the little magician yet. He had a hand in the opener but expectations are so high, the entire stadium is expecting much more from him.
- 27'Good knowledge!
- 26'Zvjezdan Misimovic curves another right-wing free kick into the danger zone and Argentina are again at sixes and sevens. It just won't fall for Bosnia and the defenders manage to hack it clear.
- Argentina Yellow card
- 25'Marcos Rojo booked for a foul Senad Lulic.
- 24'Journalist, Miguel Delaney will be following Argentina throughout the competition. Here he explains why Messi could be set to put the great Diego Maradona in his shadow.Messi can finally eclipse Maradona with World Cup win
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- 22'The opener.
- 21'STAT: Lionel Messi has not scored a goal at the finals since his World Cup debut in Germany in 2006 when Argentina beat Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 and he netted their sixth as a substitute. Indeed, Messi has only scored one goal in 571 minutes of World Cup football. Indeed only one of his 31 shots in the tournament has found the net.
- 20'Mascherano picks out Messi with a ball to the right side of the area. The Barca man jinks inside and looks set to curl home, but he is eventually blocked off by three defenders.
- 19'A few whistles from the crowd as Bosnia continue to dictate the play. The Argentines have turned the Maracana into a home game, but the Dragons have other ideas despite the blow of conceding so early.
- 18'Aguero gets a first sight of goal but his effort from just inside the area is blocked.
- 17'No player was involved in more goals than Edin Dzeko in the European qualifiers (10 goals, 4 assists). Only an 11-goal haul from Robin van Persie bettered the city striker.
- 16'Bosnia continue to look dangerous. A run down the right ends with a cross towards Dzeko on the edge of the box, but just as the Man City was winding himself up an Argentine head intercepted with a vital touch.
- 15'STAT courtesy of Opta Paolo: Sead Kolasinac's own goal was the fastest goal scored in this World Cup, after just 2 minutes & 10 seconds.
- 14'Another good attack sees Bosnia earn a free kick 25 yards out. Miralem Pjanic steps up but crashes his shot into the wall.
- 13'CLOSE! Izet Hajrovic beats the offside trap to control a clipped pass into the area but can't apply the finish. good save by the keeper.
- 12'The game is still settling down after that early goal. Bosnia looking to get a spell of possession under their belts, while Argentina are aiming to feed their front pair as quicky as possible.
- 11'Sounds like more adventures tonight for Reda!
- 10'STAT: Prior to tonight, La Albiceleste have only mustered two wins in their last nine World Cup games against European sides, drawing four and losing three.
- 9'It's not been a tournament for defenders so far!
- 8'Argentina don't exactly deal with the corner with aplomb and Sergio Romero is forced to get a tame punch on it to clear.
- 7'But here's a free kick on the right. A chance to clear their heads and try to exploit the frailities in the Argentine defence... It's driven in towards Dzeko but cleared for a corner.
- 6'Messi delivers into the six-yard box and Bosnia are a bit tentative but eventually clear. It's been the worst possible start for them.
- 5'Bosnia caught out on the break once again as Aguero looks to wriggle free in the box. Great tackle. Corner ball to Argentina.
- 3'GOAL! Argentina lead! Messi's free kick from the left is flicked on by Marcos Rojo and deflects in off an unwitting Sead Kolasinac. So unlucky!
- Argentina Goal
Left Footed - Bottom Right
- 3'This is a HUGE deal in Bosnia.
- 2'Tonight's referee is Joel Aguilar from El Salvador.
- 1'KICK OFF! Argentina get the match underway.
- 22.59Here we go then, on the eve of the Maracana's birthday... are we about to see something special to mark the occasion?
- 22.58Is this Messi's time? As the Argentina anthem concludes, the focus of the world will soon turn to the diminutive attacker that some say needs to have a big impact at a finals to truly be regarded as the best ever.
- 22.55The Maracana is all set as the players emerge from the tunnel. It's a sight to behold... What an arena.
- 22.54But don't rule out Dzeko and Bosnia. They are a very dangerous side in attack and these fans are gearing up for an upset.
- 22.52The Argentina fans are ready for Messi to make his mark!
- 22.50DID YOU KNOW? Argentina have the oldest squad at the World Cup with an average age of 28.9 years... Some would say that's a pool of players in the prime of their careers. Can they snare a third world title on the home soil of their greatest rivals? Tonight will give us an idea of just how serious their credentials are.
- 22.46An Argentina legend watches on as kick off creeps nearer...
- 22.45NOW THIS IS A STAT! Bosnia coach Safet Susic was once a gifted forward who scored 21 goals in 54 internationals for the former Yugoslavia, including a hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in Belgrade back in 1979.
- 22.42Ezequiel Garay is keen for Argentina to put their last World Cup performance behind them after their 4-0 hammering against Germany put paid to their hopes in 2010. He said: "We know what happened, it's in the past. We won't repeat that. Obviously, we have a very offensive team, but we know our rivals are strong, so we will be defending well also and doing the dirty work... We mustn't be impatient in our first game against Bosnia. They have good, tall players. We need to avoid corners and set pieces. But we are Argentina and we have to go out to win. We fear no one."
- 22.40HEAD-TO-HEAD: The sides have only met twice before with Argentina winning both matches. Sergio Aguero scored both goals when La Albiceleste beat the Dragons 2-0 in a friendly in the US city of St Louis last November. A Gabriel Batistuta treble was the highlight of a first meeting back in 1998 when Argentina roared to a 5-0 success. It remains Bosnia's heaviest defeat in international football.
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- 22.30Estadio do Maracana is one of the world's great football arenas, a mystical venue that is a must on any stadium anorak's 'to do' list. The newly refurbished ground will play host to the final on July 13 and boasts a capacity of 74,689. The stadium was originally built for the 1950 World Cup when an estimated 200,000 fans packed in to see the home team fall to a shock 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.The 12 World Cup 2014 Stadiums
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- 22.28Eurosport's Reda Maher is caught up amongst the supporters eagerly making their way into the Maracana ahead of kick off.
- 22.25Bosnia have erred on the side of caution with Edin Dzeko featuring as a lone front man in a 4-2-3-1 system. Roma's Miralem Pjanic is likely to play just off the Man City striker with Vedad Ibisevic, a prominent scorer in qualifying, on the bench. Stoke's Asmir Begovic could be a busy man between the sticks. Speaking to a pre-match press conference, coach Safet Susic discussed his side's role as underdogs and whether he would consider man-marking Messi. He said: "We are up against the group favourites and a team whose ambition is to go all the way, but nonetheless, we have high hopes of getting something from this game and going through to the last 16... [on whether to ask midfielder Muhamed Besic to man-mark Lionel Messi] It's a dilemma but I now think it would be counterproductive to sacrifice a player of Besic's fitness and ability just to man-mark Messi, although he would be ideal for that role. Messi will probably enjoy plenty of freedom but we need to have someone near him every
- 22.20In the absence of Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina will deploy a 5-3-2 formation instead of the 4-1-2-3 system they have favoured recently. Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero form the attack. Coach Alejandro Sabella appears to be trying to combat an imbalance within his attacking side that has previously drawn criticism. He told reporters: "My job is to disguise that imbalance in the best way possible. Sometimes we managed and at other times it was harder to do. Argentina has a fearsome forward line. The issue is (how our opponents) occupy spaces. That way they can hurt us and defend. It's a mental, physical and technical issue."
- 22.15Eurosport's man in Brazil, Reda Maher has travelled to Rio where he is experiencing an invasion of Argentines! Check out his feature, including some fascinating photos and video, of the carnival atmosphere that has slowly been building on the outskirts of the Maracana since the early hours... Don't forget, Reda will be in Brazil for the duration of this summer's tournament. Keep up-to-date with his adventures on Twitter by following @Reda_EurosportBrazil 360: Argentina fans ‘the new English’ as Messi mania hits Rio
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- 22.10So far this World Cup has been an absolute joy to watch; but why has it been so exciting? Read our feature identifying the major factors that have many observers suggesting it could be the greatest ever finals!Brazil 2014: Three days in, and already set to be the best World Cup EVER
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- 22.08The scene is set...
- 22.06The official teamsheet hot off the Maracana press.
- 22.05TEAMS - ARGENTINA: Romero, Garay, Campagnaro, Zabaleta, Di Maria, Rodriguez, Mascherano, Rojo, F. Fernandez, Messi, Aguero. /// BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: Begovic, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Mujdza, Lulic, Hajrovic, Dzeko.
- 22.00Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the Group F clash between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It's a showdown that sees one of the tournament favourites, boasting a rich World Cup history, against a side playing at their first ever finals. The Bosnians are hoping to become the first debutants to win their maiden game since Senegal's triumph over France in 2002. The last time Argentina lost their opening game was against Cameroon back in 1990.
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